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Radio Freefall (edition 2007)

by Matthew Jarpe

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TitleRadio Freefall
AuthorMatthew Jarpe
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ReviewI enjoyed it, but not as much as I thought I would.

While it some very good ideas and concepts of a future world it pushes the most intersting aspects to the background in favour of lots of useless set pieces with the band.

The technology and ideas are well thought out with the AI's, the Digital Carnivore and the "Machine", the idea of rock music and sci fi is a good one and the characters are decent enough. My problem is that it didn't really expand enough on the bits I was looking for.

It spends most of the book with the 2 main characters researching the Carnivore or doing band related stuff and then rather late and abruptly it pushes the political problems and the revolution to the fore. I felt I wanted more background on it and more information on the moon situation etc.

The main villian is a "Bill Gates on steroids" like figure, head of the largest web company in the world, but you never really see his motivation for taking over the world and comes across as a bit one dimensional.

However the 2 main characters and the band members were enough to keep me entertained.

Overall a fun read, but not without some flaws.
Publication date2007
PublicationTor,U.S. (no date), Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
ISBN0765357194 / 9780765357199
Number of volumes1
Number of copies1
Pages336
Dimensions6.77 x 4.17 x 1.1 inches
Weight0.35 pounds
LC ClassificationPS3610.A75R33
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Primary languageEnglish
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StartedFinished
 2009-01-15
SummaryIn the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress but with a healthy dose of cyberpunk: Radio Freefall is about a plot to take over the Earth by power-mad, sociopathic computer-geek billionaire, Walter Cheeseman. It's up to a strange cast of rock stars and oddballs to stop him.

Aqualung, a mysterious blues musician who also has superhuman tech skills, might be the catalyst for the resistance--or he might just be the pawn of artificial intelligences.

To thwart the takeover, the orbitals and the moon colonies secede from Earth. And then something like the Singularity happens, but no one is quite sure.

This is a novel of cyberpunk and rock and roll, of technology, artificial intelligence, and wild riffs off of Heinlein all mixed into an explosive debut.
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