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Deep State by Walter Jon Williams
Orbit Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841498331
Date: 03 February 2011 List Price 8.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

I've said previously in this column that here in the UK don't see enough of Walter Jon Williams' work. Consequently, it's great that Orbit have committed themselves to bringing him to an audience beyond the United States - and this latest release Deep State, a "near-future geopolitical thriller" should certainly appeal beyond national borders.

"Dagmar Shaw is one of the world's hottest designers of alternate reality games. She is the Puppetmaster and thousands of gamers are dancing on her strings. But when the campaign she is running in Turkey comes into conflict with the new, brutal regime, she realises that games can have very real consequences. When an old friend approaches Dagmar with a project so insane, so ambitious, she can't possibly say no, she is plunged into a world of spies and soldiers. A nation hangs in the balance and in a world of intrigue and betrayal, the master player must face the possibility that she has, herself, been played. Dagmar is the Puppetmaster, but when the bullets are real and her 'puppets' start dying, is any cause worth it? "

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