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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

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

David Shafer is a graduate of Harvard and the Columbia Journalism School. He has lived in Argentina and Dublin, and has been a journalist, sometimes a carpenter, once a taxi driver and briefly a flack for an NGO. He now lives in Portland with his wife, daughter, and son.

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HASH(0x953058f4) von 5 Sternen OK, but ultimately disappointing, read 24. August 2014
Von badcyclist - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
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.
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HASH(0x954da0e4) von 5 Sternen Good, but not as good as the NY Times review claims. 9. August 2014
Von Dion Dennis - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
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.
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HASH(0x95276b28) von 5 Sternen WARNING -- This Book Has No Ending! 28. August 2014
Von David Taylor - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
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.
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HASH(0x95994854) von 5 Sternen Half a book --- MIsleading -- Part 1, at best 3. September 2014
Von PrairieFire - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
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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HASH(0x9caddef0) von 5 Sternen A Triumph 28. Oktober 2014
Von Oregon Jess - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
David Shafer’s debut novel deserves the raves it’s already won from some of our touchiest critics. The New Yorker, Salon, and the New York Times are all onboard with the obvious: Shafer is a grand new literary light in these dark and gabbled times. First there is his craft. Polished sentences, Celtic, rhythmic and true, are honed with a wondrous vocabulary: hypnagogic and kerned and screed, splodge and, yes, gabbled. He’s especially well versed in old English words like “fug.” Look it up. He salts-and-peppers his prose with enough heartfelt swearing to puncture any alleged erudition (another Shaferism.) And we should all applaud his restraint with simile and metaphor, which he clearly understands are controlled substances. We have “stalagmites of magazines” on a bedside table, a hamburger treated to a “sachet of bright yellow mustard,” and “white paisleys” on a "scudding sea." Move over Flannery O’Connor. My favorites are “his head felt like a bag of crabs,” and “Mark found his lighter and ascended the steep steps like an Egyptologist.” Picture perfect. As is Shafer’s character development – Leo, for instance, is a shoo-in for Most Adorably Unlikely to Succeed...and yet he does. And then there is the frightening story itself, especially with the crazy Koch brothers’ current attempt at a prepaid political coup. Do I hear a WTF? It all rushes on with page-turner forward momentum, as any good techno-thriller should. But the real prize, and surprise, is that Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot is a profoundly spiritual work. In a most original and modern way, Shafer lays out the eternal Earth battle between heart and hate, us and me, humanism and fascism, and asks us to find the nerve to stand up and be counted...or at least to get out the vote. Which, for those who managed to miss it, is precisely why Shafer leaves us with a cliffhanger ending. As always, the choice, and the endgame, is ours.
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