Spook Country by William Gibson

Spook Country

By William Gibson

  • Release Date: 2007-08-07
  • Genre: High Tech
Score: 4
From 118 Ratings
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The “cool and scary”(San Francisco Chronicle) New York Times bestseller from the author of Pattern Recognition and Neuromancer.

• spook (spo͞ok) n.: A specter; a ghost. Slang for “intelligence agent.”
• country (ˈkən-trē) n.: In the mind or in reality. The World. The United States of America, New Improved Edition. What lies before you. What lies behind.
• spook country (spo͞ok ˈkən-trē) n.: The place where we all have landed, few by choice. The place we are learning to live.
Hollis Henry is a journalist, on investigative assignment for a magazine called Node, which doesn’t exist yet. Bobby Chombo apparently does exist, as a producer. But in his day job, Bobby is a troubleshooter for military navigation equipment. He refuses to sleep in the same place twice. He meets no one. And Hollis Henry has been told to find him...

“A devastatingly precise reflection of the American zeitgeist.”—The Washington Post Book World


  • Typos Detract From the Story

    By SciFiCollector
    An interesting story, but there are quite a few missing spaces between words in regular text and italics, and some capitalized words. This seems to occur on every other page and keeps taking me out of the story, otherwise I would give it a higher rating.
  • character-driven, espionage-"lite"

    By Camboron
    Not quite as engaging as Pattern Recognition, but, in and of itself, a great character study, and often tongue-in-cheek, in regards to many issues of the modern age. Takes the continually-used themes of “people caught up in the schemes of people more rich and powerful than themselves”, and makes them interesting. From the man who dreamed of hyperspace, it's so great to see him still on the cutting edge of what's happening and what will happen, sooner than we think.
  • A smashing work

    By Leil
    Great work as always. Gibson delivers a riveting and exciting tale full of kitsch brandmanship and wistful cynicism. The action scenes are pure cinema in your mind.
  • One of his best

    By jonnywhispers
    As Gibson has grown as a writer, he's streamlined his style-- gotten closer and closer to contemporary times. Now, with Spook Country, he's chasing the past. A pop-culture kaleidoscope, a thriller, a believer in all possibilities. This book looks under the bed.