By Matt Richtel
All of us hold secrets and techniques, yet what if anyone wasn't simply stealing our secrets and techniques yet altering them . . . and our brains?
Journalist Nat Idle is almost gunned down in Golden Gate Park. He quick learns it was once no random assault. without warning, in pursuit of the reality, he's operating for his existence during the shadows of Silicon Valley, a human lab animal stuck in a perilous maze of neurotechnology and institutional paranoia. And his survival rests fullyyt within the arms of his eighty-five-year-old grandmother, Lane, who's being affected by dementia and can't keep in mind the key on the middle of the world-changing conspiracy.
writer, know-how reporter, Pulitzer Prize winner, Matt Richtel has dreamed up a beautiful nightmare firmly grounded in actual technology. the longer term is now, the probabilities unending . . . and definitely terrifying.
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Sometimes Alfie would do the same thing. Now he pulled the letters from beneath the photograph albums, unpicked the knot in the ribbon he had tied around them four years ago, and showed them to his grandmother, fanning them out in front of her face. Torn envelopes with green and red stamps that bore the profile of a dead king. Lined blue paper, tissue-thin airmail forms torn along their creases. Ink faded to brown. Words or phrases or whole sentences blanked out here and there by the censor's black pencil.
What do you think, Flowers? Are these the genuine article? ' Every flick was the same cartoon in black spray paint of a grinning mullah cutting the throat of a sheep marked US ARMY, and they were all framed by the same thicket of interlocked patterns, glittering like rings of shattered black glass, spinning, pulsing in and out, against the white sides of the vans. 'A very loud bell,' Alfie said, reaching inside his bag for his camera. He squared off and focused on an untouched flick, concentrating on the cartoon of mullah and sheep in the centre, its frame pulsing, pulsing with the pulse beating in his temples, in his eyes.
I have everything I need. ' The crisis came when Alfie got a call from the police. His grandmother had been found wandering in her slippers and housecoat in a street two miles from her house, so confused that she didn't even know what year it was, let alone where she lived. After she was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer's, there was a family conference. Alfie and Joe, Harry's oldest son, assumed joint power of attorney. The big house in Richmond, which Harry's sons would inherit when Alfie's grandmother died, was rented out; the income from this, together with the interest on the substantial sum she had salted away after she'd sold the house in Cambridge, was more than enough to pay for her place in a residential care home.