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The Execution Channel

Ken MacLeod, Author
Ken MacLeod, Author . Tor $24.95 (280p) ISBN 978-0-765-31332-4
Paperback - 285 pages - 978-0-7653-2067-4
Hardcover - 307 pages - 978-1-84149-348-0
Ebook - 288 pages - 978-1-4668-4245-8
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With an adroit combination of paranoid spy thriller tricks and SF gadgetry, MacLeod (Learning the World ) depicts a near future that may or may not be our own, when 9/11 and the Iraq war were followed by war with Iran, a flu pandemic and terrorist attacks, and the West teeters on the brink of an all-out nuclear exchange. James Travis, a Scottish software engineer whose hatred for the U.S. has driven him to spy for France, and his daughter, Roisin, a young peace activist, have both witnessed horrendous acts of terrorism, most recently the apparent nuclear bombing of an airbase in Scotland. Nothing is what it seems, however. Government agents use the Internet to spread sophisticated disinformation, but are still perfectly willing to fall back on torture when necessary. Meanwhile, the Execution Channel, a rogue media outlet, broadcasts actual footage of various murders and executions 24-7. Dizzying plot twists and a variety of fascinating, believable technological breakthroughs make this perhaps MacLeod's most compulsively readable novel to date. (June)

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