{4.5/5} “Large swaths of the global economy were, it now seemed, being remapped onto their T’Rain equivalents so that they could be transacted in a Medieval Armed Combat setting. Demonstrable improvements in productivity were being trumpeted every day on the relevant section of Corporation 9592’s website (by a medieval herald, naturally, and with an actual trumpet).”

Reamde by Neal Stephenson, published in 2011

Richard is co-owner of a profitable computer game called T’Rain. Everything is going great when his niece’s boyfriend sells stolen credit card numbers to a man working for a Russian mobster. A virus called “Reamde” attacks the man’s computer and the mobster heads to China, with the niece and boyfriend, to kill the hacker who made the virus.

It’s about what happens when you unluckily get involved with Russian mobsters, Chinese hackers, and Muslim jihadists. It’s about using your skills — whether those of a spy, a hacker, a millionaire who used to run drugs over the border, or a regular person — to solve the problems thrown at you.

Despite its length, it’s nonstop action — like a James Clavell novel.

In terms of technothrillers, this is a terrific one. In terms of Stephenson novels, it won’t quite blow you away like the others — but it’s still well worth reading.

I’ve read 8 of Stephenson’s books. I previously reviewed his novel Anathem.

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