Count Zero

Turner, corporate mercenary, wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him for a mission more dangerous than the one he’s recovering from: Maas-Neotek’s chief of R&D is defecting. Turner is the one assigned to get him out intact, along with the biochip he’s perfected. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties — some of whom aren’t remotely human.

Bobby Newmark is entirely human: a rustbelt data-hustler totally unprepared for what comes his way when the defection triggers war in cyberspace. With voodoo on the Net and a price on his head, Newmark thinks he’s only trying to get out alive. Until he meets the angel.

A stylish, streetsmart, frighteningly probable parable of the future.

By William Gibson, first publication in 1986 (ISBN ) and since reissued many times.

Arsouyes' opinion

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Taking place a few years after Neuromancer, Gibson offers us a new story in his cyberpunk universe which was so successful for him a year and a half before.

By new story, we mean a remake of the previous one. Because Count Zero, apart from a renaming, tells the same story as his predecessor...

The style has not changed, still so choppy and disjointed which makes the whole thing rather difficult to read. Some events are so unclear that one wonders what is the danger that the heroes are trying so hard to avoid.

Rather than a single group that we follow from start to finish, this time, there are three heroes, equally helpless and tossed about by circumstances until their destinies come together in a final denouement, always in happy end which, once again, breaks the mood.

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