Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

By David Shafer

One of Time Magazine's Ten most sensible Books of 2014

Selected by means of NPR, Slate, and Kirkus as the best Books of 2014

Shortlisted for the Pacific Northwest publication Award


Three teenagers grapple with the standard thirty-something problems--boredom, authenticity, an all-powerful on-line oligarchy--in David Shafer's darkly comedian debut novel.

The Committee, a global cabal of industrialists and media barons, is at the verge of privatizing all details. pricey Diary, an idealistic on-line Underground, stands within the method of that takeover, utilizing radical politics, vintage spycraft, and know-how that makes enormous facts appear like dial-up. Into this mystery conflict stumbles an not going trio: Leila Majnoun, a disappointed non-profit employee; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee.
Leo and Mark have been most sensible buddies in collage, yet early maturity has set them on diverging paths. growing to be more and more disdainful of Mark's platitudes, Leo publishes a withering takedown of his principles on-line. however the Committee is reading--and erasing--Leo's phrases. at the different facet of the realm, Leila's discoveries in regards to the Committee's far-reaching pursuits threaten to wreck those who find themselves closest to her.
In the spirit of William Gibson and Chuck Palahniuk,Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is either a suspenseful international mystery and an emotionally fair novel concerning the fight to alter the realm in- and out of doors your head.

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Simply because there has been no ombudsman on the CSS; there has been no mediator who was once going to take his grievance up the chain of command. The papers he’d signed at his fee to the provider made it very transparent: If he did what he had simply thought of doing, he was once at the outdoor; if he used to be at the outdoors, he used to be a threat; if he used to be a chance, he used to be a risk; if he was once a hazard, he used to be a aim. He couldn’t simply inform her immediately out. If he instructed her that eighty five percentage of digital correspondence (worldwide) and 100% of digital correspondence (English-language) was once run via a threat-sieve community commissioned by means of the U. S. executive yet more and more outsourced to a consortium of non-public businesses, she wouldn't think him. but when he gave her barely enough in order that she may possibly go searching for the remaining? She was once clever, and it sounds as if decided. supply her anything to run with—one of the valuable Diary portals he’d pointed out yet had by no means been allowed into—and she’d most likely chase it down. And together with her Farsi and Burmese, her monk minders and her Rolodex, she was once simply the type of asset that expensive Diary could hook and land. And if expensive Diary did open a door for Leila, Ned may possibly stick with her in. After the email, Nigel had bumped her to level-8 surveillance. At that point she may have a low-altitude UAV snooping her each step; her financials will be flagged; her smell will be waved prior to the pcs. If it got here to it, she will be terribly renditioned from, like, a women’s bathroom. So keeping track of her will be cinchy. yet he’d need to get away from Nigel for a number of weeks. Taking break day paintings should you paintings for the world’s such a lot elite clandestine supplier isn't a cinch. You can’t simply profit unwell days and ahead your voice mail. for those who say it’s a holiday, there’d larger be sand on your sneakers in case you come again, and if you happen to say it’s a relatives disorder, they’ll be desirous to see these biopsy studies. He’d give you the chance. might be he may paintings from Sydney station. The extra he thought of it, and the extra he drank, the much more likely it appeared to him that Leila Majnoun was once his price ticket into expensive Diary. The obsession had approximately derailed him, and he used to be nonetheless trying to find a manner again to it. ok, so he had an ulterior cause. yet his anterior motive—to see that she had not less than the opportunity to struggle again opposed to Nigel’s plan—that was once honest. He marveled back at her number of cell. Ned had ghosted each one in all her units, and he had real-time entry to eighty percentage of the telephone strains in Myanmar. If she’d been on anyone of these, he might have been hearing her now. however the telephones on the Excellents have been trunked from one of many final predigital exchanges within the urban; they used twenty-pulse-per-second crossbar switches and crossbar tandems. in fact, he may possibly get the feed from the opposite path, yet to do this he would have to contain Bethesda, and the feed will be copied to Nigel’s station in keeping with protocol. Ned didn’t are looking to probability giving Nigel the rest on Leila or drawing any longer warmth on her than she was once already taking, so he needed to accept recording and next assortment.

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