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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (Anglais) Relié – 5 août 2014


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"Is it too late to nominate a candidate for novel of the summer? . . . A paranoid, sarcastic and clattering pop thriller . . . Mr. Shafer gets the playfulness-to-paranoia ratio about exactly right. . . . He's got a sick wit and a high style. Reading his prose is like popping a variant of the red pill in The Matrix: Everything gets a little crisper. . . . Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a page-turner, yet many more "literary" writers will, I suspect, envy Mr. Shafer's tactile prose. His eye is hawklike. . . . Mr. Shafer has written a bright, brash entertainment, one that errs, when it errs at all, on the side of generosity, narrative and otherwise. It tips you, geekily and humanely, through the looking glass."—Dwight Garner, New York Times

"Shafer's savvy, sardonic take on our social media- and Big Data-worshiping society is as current as your Twitter feed..Just in time for your August beach trip, put Whiskey on your Amazon Wish List. As if they don't already know you want it."—Patty Rhule, USA Today

"Genius techno-­thriller à la Neal ­Stephenson, powered by social-media info-conspiracy à la Dave Eggers."—Lev Grossman, Time

"No summary can do justice to the snap and smarts of this witty tale. . . . A clever book with an entertaining narrator just exploding with personalities."—Jenni Laidman, Chicago Tribune

"Zinging with wit and pop culture savvy . . . Shafer's writing is hip, wickedly hilarious, cutting edge, and ultimately concerned with old-fashioned notions of morality and redemption. . . His inventive, comic, dystopian semi-thriller restored my faith in fiction."—Mark Lindquist, Seattle Times

Présentation de l'éditeur

One of Time Magazine's Ten Best Books of 2014

Selected by NPR, Slate, and Kirkus as one of the Best Books of 2014

Shortlisted for the Pacific Northwest Book Award

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.


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32 internautes sur 36 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Good, but not as good as the NY Times review claims. 9 août 2014
Par Dion Dennis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
While this is a good book, a clever book, one with some useful insights, it didn't deserve the kind of rave write-up that Dwight Garner gave it in The New York Times. The character development is very one-sided. (In fact, the characters that oppose the continuous commercialization and digitalization of all human experience seem to have been elaborated, inventively inverted and fused Star Wars characters. The evil floating mega-barge of omnivorous digitalization is called Sine Wave Two, her existence a fusion of Captain Ahab's vessel, with the Imperial Death Star of Star Wars fame).

"The Whole Another Internet" thing is a necessary and emerging fact of our world to expose, explore, expand upon and assess. But it is here that the book is weakest, merely assuming an almost collinearity of effects, effects that are unproblematically categorized. So, in terms of actually exploring the complexities and probabilities "of a whole other Internet," Shafer just takes the whole thing for granted, in ways that I find to be less be, well, a bit lazy.

Character development is probably the strongest suit of the book, particularly in detailing the lives of the three main protagonists. But even so, we aren't given the chance to assess the characters and histories of the corporatist data-mining antagonists. They remain evil and larger than life circus clowns, with appetites and means to turn our world into a 21st Century digital feudalistic society.

Ultimately, the reviewer oversold the book. The reviewer, Garner, sold the readers on what the book was not and could not be: A thoughtful, imaginative, complex portrait of a world birthed by the emerging Internet of Things (the backbone of that "whole other Internet.")

In the end, we can enjoy the book for what it is, if we can discard the excessive claims of Dwight Garner. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is pleasant, but far less ambitious than Garner claims.
21 internautes sur 23 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
OK, but ultimately disappointing, read 24 août 2014
Par badcyclist - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
An OK book, largely undone by an unsatisfying non-ending. The plot and main characters are interesting, and the author moves things along in a nuanced and (usually) understated way. The bad guys aren't uber-evil cartoons, or especially menacing, or (unfortunately) especially memorable. Other than the main three protagonists, the good guys aren't drawn in much detail, either; their personalities and motivations are mostly left unexamined.

The most frustrating thing is that the book ends without any resolution. And I don't mean that it has an ambiguous ending-- it has an arbitrary ending, or, more accurately, it just stops dead in its tracks for no discernible reason. If there is a second volume coming, and I assume that there is, I don't think that I am invested enough in what remains of the story to care.

The bottom line: I enjoyed reading it, but didn't really enjoy having read it because I felt cheated by the WTF ending.
50 internautes sur 62 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
WARNING -- This Book Has No Ending! 28 août 2014
Par David Taylor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This is a well written, carefully crafted story set in the very near future. It deals with fascinating and important issues of technology and society that highlight some hard decisions that we homo not-so-sapiens will have to make if we are going to preserve anything like privacy and freedom. I bought it based on a glowing review in the New York Times, and for most of the book I wasn't disappointed. The writing was really quite good, and the story generally moved quickly enough to hold my interest.

However, the book does have its problems. The story seemed a bit plodding and overwrought in places, and at times it felt like the author was milking the plot. I also found that three of the four main characters simply weren't very sympathetic. Two were falling-down drunks, and they were well captured, but wading through their drunken and/or stoned episodes got to be a bit much after a couple hundred pages. A third character -- a spy who worked for the US Postal Service (seriously) -- was so poorly devleoped that he just felt like a plot mechanism to bind the others together. The true protagonist of the book is a woman of courage and integrity that I enjoyed spending time with. Unfortunately, the story bounced around among the four characters, with each chapter switching to another point of view and a different story arc. It's a standard "thriller" trick (think Tom Clancy) that must work for many readers, but I have always found it contrived and halting. Just about the time I got engaged in the narrative, I had to switch to another character with a separate story from four chapters back that I'd lost interest in. Most of the book is written this way, and it got tiresome pretty quickly.

But the real problem with this book is that it has no ending. It's the promise of a story that never gets delivered. The book drags out a huge plot, gradually weaving together the lives of the four primary characters until it eventually brings them together, all the while building toward a monster climax that... never happens. Three of the characters are left running from the bad guys while the fourth one sets out on his mission to penetrate the inner circle of the monstrous enemy. And the book just... stops.

Tastes will differ, and you may enjoy books that end without endings. To me, they feel like a rip-off. This book is basically a set-up to get you to buy the second book to find out what happens... once the author has finished it, that is. At this point, I don't care what happens. It's not worth wading through another book to find out, and I don't trust the author not to push the resolution off to a third book. It may be a good way to sell books, but to me it lacks integrity.

By the way, in case you didn't know, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is military phonetics for WTF, which is shorthand for "What The F*ck!?!" And that's exactly the feeling I had at the end of this book.
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
"They could rewrite your life; play with you, punish you, or crumple you like paper." 12 août 2014
Par Amelia Gremelspacher - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Starting with Leila's humanitarian struggles in Myanmar, the red tape and uncaring oversight of those in power soon builds to a catastrophic level. She has blundered into an all too possible conspiracy to dominate all digital traffic. The secret agency, the Ruiners, brings out every paranoid thought I have ever harbored over the legal oversight the government does in fact maintain over all our online traffic. This novel takes a trio of wildly disparate people deep into the world of steam punky chase and counter chase. (Now I know there is no digital steam punk, but this novel has that whole world engulfing feel to it.) The characters are engaging and the language is concise and evocative.

I have to tell the two Myanmar monks acting as security detail is my absolute favorite facet of any mystery in recent memory. If you don't try the book for anything else, read it for the monks. (Heckle and Jeckle).
10 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Half a book --- MIsleading -- Part 1, at best 3 septembre 2014
Par PrairieFire - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Duped by an overly enthusiastic NYT review which claimed parallels to much better authors like Neal Stephenson, I bought the iBooks version of this (much cheaper than Kindle version). What a disappointment. Good general story line, but it's like buying what you believed was a three-course dinner and finding out that the other courses won't be served until the next day...and at an added cost.

Incomplete...no ending.

Don't read this unless you're ready to fork over more bucks.

Should have been called "whiskey tango foxtrot -- Part 1" . Complete scam.
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