Market Forces

Market Forces

Book - 2005 | 1st ed.
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Random House, Inc.
From the award-winning author of Altered Carbon and Broken Angels–a turbocharged new thriller set in a world where killers are stars, media is mass entertainment,
and freedom is a dangerous proposition . . .

A coup in Cambodia. Guns to Guatemala. For the men and women of Shorn Associates, opportunity is calling. In the superheated global village of the near future, big money is made by finding the right little war and supporting one side against the other–in exchange for a share of the spoils. To succeed, Shorn uses a new kind of corporate gladiator: sharp-suited, hard-driving gunslingers who operate armored vehicles and follow a Samurai code. And Chris Faulkner is just the man for the job.

He fought his way out of London’s zone of destitution. And his kills are making him famous. But unlike his best friend and competitor at Shorn, Faulkner has a side that outsiders cannot see: the side his wife is trying to salvage, that another woman–a porn star turned TV news reporter–is trying to exploit. Steeped in blood, eyed by common criminals looking for a shot at fame, Faulkner is living on borrowed time. Until he’s given one last shot at getting out alive. . . .

Baker & Taylor
Chris Faulkner, a wealthy commondities trader, uses his talent for instigating and taking advantage of revolutions and wars of liberation around the world in order to sell arms, intelligence, and power, but his growing riches come at a terrible cost. By the author of Altered Carbon. Original. 24,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Chris Faulkner has just landed the job of his life. But Shorn Associates are market leaders in Conflict Investment. They expect results, they expect the best. Chris has one very high-profile kill to his credit already, but he will have to drive hard and go for kill after kill if he's to keep his bosses happy. All he has to do in the meantime is keep his marriage alive. And himself...
Thirty years from now the big movers in global capitalism have moved on from commodities. The big money is in Conflict Investment. And that's where Shorn Associates comes in. They keep a careful watch on the wars of liberation and revolution that burn constantly around the world. They gauge who the winners will be and sell them arms, intelligence and power. In return for a slice of the action when the war is won. The reward for the investors? A stake in the new nation.
It's cynical, brutal and it has nothing to do with democracy and the rule of law. So what else is new?
The executives in this lethal game bid for contracts, fight for promotion, secure their lives on the roads. Fighting lethal duels in souped-up, heavily armoured cars on the empty motorways of the future.
Has Chris Faulkner got what it takes to make a real killing?

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345457745
0345457749
Characteristics: 441 p. ; 24 cm.

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StarGladiator
Apr 16, 2015

Really good SF makes one reflect on the present while imagining the future; SF this bad bespeaks ignorance of the past and present while presenting a future that already is! Truly a submediocrity of an author. Any number of dystopian novels out there are far superior, and John Brunner's Stand on Zanzibar truly has this beaten out - - author should take a trip to the privatized cities of Honduras, thanks to the multinationals, or Detroit!

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