Very interesting read similar to Le Carre or Greene. Not particularly far fetched, given the Snowden leaks, the assault on WikiLeaks' Assange [again, neither woman ever filed an official complaint against him, the State of Sweden simply moved for his extradition for questioning, after they allowed him to exit the country?????].
And as applicable to the USA as to the UK! [The peculiar item about this book is that the author thanks Jill Kirby of the Centre for Policy Studies in the acknowledgements section - - Ms. Kirby is something of a rightwinger, or centre-right in their vernacular, and the CPS was the think tank vehicle which was crucial in Margaret Thatcher's coming to power! Given that the City of London Corporation is the oldest, continuously existing corporation on the planet, the plot thesis could be considered quaint!]
I read this a year ago and found it a thrilling, though far-fetched exercise in high-tech paranoia. Then the Snowden leaks happened. I plead naivete. Porter now seems like a prophet and I wonder just how many insiders he has cultivated in order to produce such a creepy and plausible portrait of the surveillance state, circa 2013. Well written, and featuring a strong female lead and the ever-enigmatic David Eyam.
This is a "couldn't put down book." Written in 2009, it is even more accurate of today's situation in UK. A damned good read!!
A really good read! Fast paced and a book you don't want to put down.
What a great read! For anyone who likes an action packed thriller, this is the book for you. Characters are multi-dimensional & you never really know what side each is on til the end. It's also an astute commentary on the world we live in today. Who decides where to draw the line between public safety & personal privacy? Intelligently written with scarey insight. Orwell would be proud.
Also in EPL as "The Dying Light" published by Orion.
Also available in EPL as "The Bell Ringers" published by Atlantic Monthly Press.
An interesting but far fetched story of Britain's extensive video/security monitoring system tipping over into a corporate take over of the state which knows everything about its citizens. A good thriller although some of the dialog and explanations are heavy-handed.
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