In those 15 years, the entire world has changed. An alien race known as The Powers has established relations with humanity, and the Orbital Policorp which held his allegiance has collapsed. He fought and survived the off-world Artifacts War, but dozens of his friends did not. Both his first and second wives have divorced him. And, more importantly, someone has murdered him, causing the activation of the beta back-up.
Now Steward must probe into the horrors of the war, its politics and betrayals, to find out who wanted him dead - if he doesn't want to die again.
©2007 Night Shade Books; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Slick and intelligent entertainment. The tension remains high throughout. A taut, satisfying tale of space-age skullduggery." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Resonances of Vietnam-era moral concerns make this deft updating of the postWorld War II genre of psychological thrillers about amnesiacs one of the best of its kind." (Publishers Weekly)
Well it only took three decades, but I finally got round to 'reading' the sequel to Hardwired.
But it's not really a sequel, as it has little connection to the first novel.
The story is ok, too much info dumping at times, but it's not a patch on Hardwired.
"Really good cyberpunk"
Walter Jon Williams was one of the best authors of the cyberpunk genre. This is an excellent story and as with most cyber punk it is more focused on the story and the world with seriously flawed, often tragic characters. This novel has a lot of attitude and action.
The only down side is that the voice of the narrarator didn't match what I envisioned for the main character, but that is a personal choice. The narrarator took some getting used to but once I did I enjoyed the audiobook, although I have to admit I think I enjoyed reading it a little bit more. it is still worth a credit if you like this type of book.
"Don't bother just read the book"
In the same genre as Neuromancer, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive. Near Future neo noir cyberpunk.
The narrator was horrible, bad accents, poor timing, lousy inflection. One of the worst science fiction audiobooks I have listened to and it all relates back to the performance.
This is one of my favorite books and I downloaded it planning to listen at work as I haven't read it in a couple years. The performance was so bad I just couldn't do it. Think of watching Arnold Schwatzengger do Hamlet, that was the level of the performance.
"Fun but forgettable read"
This cyberpunk, sf-noir, transhumanist work is quite readable, but not all that memorable. I definitely enjoyed bits of it. The world was quite interesting in places, as it is in many cyberpunk novels, but while the overall plot ended up making sense, I didn't fall in love with it. I guess that's how gumshoe novels often are for me (whether they are cyberpunk or not). The main characters aren't all that likable and the plot is just about getting there, not about any kind of meaningful reveal. You have to be into the style of the thing and really just sip it joyfully until it's done without holding any expectations over its head. I had the same experience with the cyberpunk novel, Noir by K. W. Jeter. Though I think I liked the latter better.
I thought the narrator had a good voice but it is the kind of voice that's hard to hear if you have any background noise, like when you are driving in a car.
"Good Read...Been waiting years for the audio"
many times. and already have
I read this book in High school, and a couple times after that. I've Listened to it about 5 times since I bought it. There's just something about it I love. Hardwired was a decent read but Voice of the Whirlwind is a far better book, and I'm sure I will listen to it again sometime soon.
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