Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

eBook - 2014
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Three young adults grapple with the usual thirty-something problems--boredom, authenticity, an omnipotent online oligarchy--in David Shafer's darkly comic debut novel. The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, is on the verge of privatizing all information. Dear Diary, an idealistic online Underground, stands in the way of that takeover, using radical politics, classic spycraft, and technology that makes Big Data look like dial-up. Into this secret battle stumbles an unlikely trio: Leila Majnoun, a disillusioned non-profit worker; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee. Leo and Mark were best friends in college, but early adulthood has set them on diverging paths. Growing increasingly disdainful of Mark's platitudes, Leo publishes a withering takedown of his ideas online. But the Committee is reading--and erasing--Leo's words. On the other side of the world, Leila's discoveries about the Committee's far-reaching ambitions threaten to ruin those who are closest to her. In the spirit of William Gibson and Chuck Palahniuk,Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is both a suspenseful global thriller and an emotionally truthful novel about the struggle to change the world in- and outside your head.
Publisher: New York, NY : Mulholland Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9780316366243
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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Jul 13, 2015

Note: This is unrelated to the Tina Fey film.
Dwight Gardner of the New York Times (see below) doesn't know what he's talking about. A "buzz" book that strives desperately to tap into the zeitgeist and fails on most every level. Favorably compared to P.K. Dick, Pynchon, and William Gibson, David Shafer's first novel has the smug, self-satisfied writing style of a lot of guys named Jonathan (Franzen, Safron Foer, Lethem). It's "serious" literature that dabbles in sci-fi, but it's territory that modern masters like Pynchon and DeLillo have explored with far more intelligence and insight. And its attempts at humor are woefully unfunny. He seems to think it's clever to name characters James Dean or Trip Hazards (seriously) and refer to cars as "private metal zoom-arounders." On the plus side, Oregonians might enjoy the scenes set in Portland. Hey, it's Powell's! A real dud of a novel, but it somehow received good reviews. I'd call it "Whiskey Tango Sucks A Lot."

Dec 30, 2014


Dec 27, 2014

Part Sci-Fi, part thriller, part tongue-in-cheek satire, the first half is more interesting and amusing than the second, which becomes increasingly bizarre with contorted plot constructs and outlandish technology to keep it moving. The cliff hanger ending is clearly setting up a sequel or trilogy. I'll bet he's sold the movie rights.

Sep 11, 2014

[Read this book, and Gabriella Coleman's book, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy, then Google /// Trovicor Monitoring Center \\\ and /// Wikileaks Spy File \\\.]

This book is fiction, right? Great writing, but not sure if that fiction category is correct? Agree with StephenQuent's comments below with exception of /// less realistic \\\? ? ? How can it be less realistic when such things as the Trovicor Monitoring Center [full intelligence platform] exists, able to do full spectrum surveillance, intercept one's email, alter it, spoof it in reply, then dispatch an extreme rendition team to meet at time/place designated in intercepted and altered email?

StephenQuent Sep 01, 2014

Combines fantastical imagination with literary street smarts and lively wit. Should not be compared to pure "thrillers" though so labelled. Far more humor than Le Carre or Eric Ambler, though less realistic. Has a warm heart. Might be better described as a techno-caper with suspense building around three characters you will really take to. A genre-bender. WARNING
Events accelerate at the end. Read carefully to see the well-knit but not 100% complete resolution .I found the ending just right, in character for all. If you can't wait for a library copy to be available, you know what to do.

armstp Aug 21, 2014

So many loose threads at the end. No mention of a sequel but I wonder whether one is planned.

Aug 16, 2014

Dwight Gardner of the New York Times called this book " the book of the summer". Cannot wait to read

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