Halting State

Version: Unabridged
Author: Charles Stross
Narrator: Robert Ian Mackenzie
Genres: Science Fiction, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: June 2010
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours, 30 minutes
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In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls Hugo winner Charles Stross' novel Halting State a "brilliantly conceived techno-crime thriller." The year is 2012, and China, India, and the United States are waging an infowar for economic domination. With innocent gamers mere pawns in the hands of electronic intelligence agencies, programmer Jack Reed is tasked with ferreting out the plot of those who would gladly trade global turmoil for personal gain.

"The act of creation seems to come easily to Charles Stross . [He] is peerless at dreaming up devices that could conceivably exist in 6, 60, or 600 years."-New York Times

Reviews (1)

Great book for the programmer!

Written by NancyB from Altoona, PA on November 30th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Halting State does not require the reader be in the computer industry, but it turns a good mystery into a great mystery. A game gets hacked but it is only the symptom of a bigger problem. An unemployed gamer, a forensic accountant and a gay cop wonder who they can trust while trying to find who hacked, what was stolen and why. The story comes with noobs, spies, an international strike team and zombies. As an accountant, programmer and mmorpg gamer--this book was written for me.

Author Details

Author Details

Stross, Charles

Charles Stross is the author of the bestselling Merchant Princes series, the Laundry series, and several stand-alone novels, including Glasshouse, Accelerando, and Saturn's Children. Born in Leeds, England, in 1964, Stross studied in London and Bradford, earning degrees in pharmacy and computer science. Over the next decade and a half he worked as a pharmacist, a technical writer, a software engineer, and eventually as a prolific journalist covering the IT industry. His short fiction began attracting wide attention in the late 1990s; his first novel, Singularity Sky, appear