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The Octopus Agenda (Spider-Man)

by Diane Duane

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The final volume in Duane's Spider-Man trilogy. Works pretty well, wraps things up nicely. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Apr 2, 2017 |
In Spider-Man: The Octopus Agenda, Diane Duane concludes the trilogy that began with Spider-Man: The Venom Factor. Back in New York following his Florida trip (covered in Spider-Man: The Lizard Sanction), Spider-Man/Peter Parker investigates the role of Russian mobsters in the money laundering and toxic waste smuggling crimes of the previous two installments. Venom returns once again as an unlikely ally to aid Spidey. This novel best sums up the trilogy when Spider-Man muses to himself, "It was a big, tangled web, and now here was another strand of it, while he remained the same small spider in the middle, trying to make sense of the weave, trying to unravel it, and at the same time doing his best not to be strangled by it in the process" (p. 74). Like the previous novels, Duane ably adapts the 1990s Spider-Man continuity to this prose format, though a great deal of the story will feel dated to modern readers. Duane's portrayal of the role of the Atomic Energy Commission and the government's generally laissez-faire attitude toward international crime and arms smuggling seem almost charmingly naïve when viewed through a post-9/11 lens. With that in mind, readers familiar with the 1990s comics can still enjoy this story and the twinge of nostalgia it brings. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Apr 16, 2016 |
Diane Duane's Spider-Man novels are some of my favorites. I've read all her Spider-Man novels numerous times. Doc Ock is overdone in my opinion but she stays true to the characters and I found myself enjoying this book more than I thought I could! Great writers can do that and Diane Duane is just that! ( )
  nocturnewytche | Feb 17, 2011 |
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An investigation into a simple cellular phone fraud leads both Peter Parker and his alter-ego, the amazing Spider-Man, to a fiendish plot: with unique counterfeiting equipment and a devastatingly large stockpile of nuclear bombs, someone plans to destabilize the world's economy and destroy several major cities.

The mysterious CCRC corporation is involved in this plan - and it has caused trouble in the past for Spider-Man and for the alien symbiote Venom, who has sworn to kill Spidey. Both hero and villain soon learn that the mastermind behind that old trouble and the new danger is none other than Spider-Man's most tenacious, most deadly enemy: Doctor Octopus.

Now Spider-Man and Venom must put aside their differences and join forces to stop the greater menace of Doctor Octopus, before the villain devastates the planet!
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"An investigation into a simple cellular phone fraud leads both Peter Parker and his alter-ego, the amazing Spider-Man, to a fiendish plot: with unique counterfeiting equipment and a devastatingly large stockpile of nuclear bombs, someone plans to destabilize the world's economy and destroy several major cities."--BOOK JACKET. "The mysterious CCRC corporation is involved in this plan - and it has caused trouble in the past for Spider-Man and for the alien symbiote Venom, who has sworn to kill Spidey. Both hero and villain soon learn that the mastermind behind that old trouble and the new danger is none other than Spider-Man's most tenacious, most deadly enemy: Doctor Octopus."--BOOK JACKET. "Now Spider-Man and Venom must put aside their differences and join forces to stop the greater menace of Doctor Octopus, before the villain devastates the planet!"--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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