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By Bruce Sterling

Like his friends William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, bestselling writer Bruce Sterling writes state of the art speculative fiction firmly rooted in today’s truth. Now in The Zenith Angle, he has created a well timed mystery approximately an information-age defense specialist stuck up in America’s escalating warfare on terror.

Infowar. Cybercombat. electronic protection and techno-terror. It’s how international locations and networks secretly conflict, now and into the long run. And for Derek “Van” Vandeveer, pioneering desktop wizard, a brand new cyberwarrior occupation starts off at the fateful date of September eleven, 2001.

Happily married with a brand new child, flattening miraculous cash as a vice chairman of study and improvement for a booming net corporation, Van has been residing extralarge. Then the devastating assaults on the United States swap every thing. And Van needs to make a decision if he’s prepared to exploit the abilities that equipped his excellent global which will guard it.

“It’s our networks as opposed to their loss of life cult,” says the govt. operative who recruits Van because the key member of an ultraelite federal computer-security staff. In a question of days, Van has traded his comfortable existence contained in the dot-com bubble for the labyrinthine trenches of the Washington intelligence community—where rival businesses needs to grudgingly abandon many years of mistrust and infighting to affix forces opposed to chilling new threats. Van’s distinct genius is required to make the country’s safety platforms hacker-proof. And if he makes headway there, he’ll locate himself troubleshooting ultrasecret undercover agent satellites.

America’s strongest and the most important “eye within the sky,” the KH-13 satellite—capable of detecting terrorist hotbeds around the world with pinpoint accuracy—is perilously with reference to changing into an orbiting billion-dollar boondoggle, until Van can debug the glitch that’s knocked it out of fee. Little does he suspect that the matter has not anything in any respect to do with software program . . . and that what’s relatively incorrect with the KH-13 will strength Van to make the not likely bounce from scientist to undercover agent, group up with a ruthlessly imaginitive ex–Special Forces commando, and root out an unknown enemy . . . one with entry to an undreamed of weapon of untold damaging power.

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