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History Literature / HaltingState

20th Oct '15 12:47:07 PM VioletVisions
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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The broadsword that Elaine tosses in her suitcase just in case she finds time to practice with it during her business trip. The [=SPOOKS=] game as well.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The broadsword that Elaine tosses in her suitcase just in case she finds time to practice with it during she has bought on a whim[[note]]Or did she?[[/note]] while on a alcohol-fueled tourist tour of Edinburgh on her business trip.first day after arriving in Scotland. The [=SPOOKS=] game as well.]]



* HasTwoMommies: Sue's private life doesn't feature into the story much, but there's a brief reference to her wife and their son, Davey.

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* HasTwoMommies: Sue's private life doesn't feature into the story much, but there's a brief reference there are many references to her wife and their son, Davey.
6th Oct '15 6:44:53 AM FuzzyBoots
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* PaidForFamily: A virtual version is invoked in [[spoiler:Jack's sister and niece who have been dead for years]].
25th Apr '15 9:52:21 AM allium
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* ForeignCuisine: In one scene, Jack, Elaine, and a third character go to a restaraunt that serves an "Authentic Scottish Breakfast". Note that Edinburgh native Jack digs in with gusto, while Londoner Elaine manages to go through the entire meal having only eaten a few bites of her mostly-fried greasy food.

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* ForeignCuisine: ForeignQueasine: In one scene, Jack, Elaine, and a third character go to a restaraunt that serves an "Authentic Scottish Breakfast". Note that Edinburgh native Jack digs in with gusto, while Londoner Elaine manages to go through the entire meal having only eaten a few bites of her mostly-fried greasy food.
21st May '14 1:31:42 PM DaibhidC
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* ShoutOut: Jack uses his Augumented Reality glasses to enliven a bus ride with "a wee dip into [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Ankh-Morpork]]". In addition to being a Creator/TerryPratchett shout out, it may also be a nod at ''Literature/RainbowsEnd'' by Creator/VernorVinge, which also features an AR based on the Disc.
29th Jun '13 10:08:46 AM nombretomado
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* MenInBlack: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Kemal's Europol team, and then subverted when they turn out to be going off half-cocked, raiding [[spoiler: a secret server farm run by the British Secret Service, which would have been avoided if they had [[PoorCommunicationKills bothered to call ahead]] before swooping in.]]

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* MenInBlack: TheMenInBlack: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Kemal's Europol team, and then subverted when they turn out to be going off half-cocked, raiding [[spoiler: a secret server farm run by the British Secret Service, which would have been avoided if they had [[PoorCommunicationKills bothered to call ahead]] before swooping in.]]
18th Jun '13 6:54:47 PM SabresEdge
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* AdultFear: Elaine mostly only needs to worry about her own welfare, and Jack's by extension of working with him. Jack receives threatening phone calls implying that his neice may be in danger if he presses with the investigation. Sue, knowing that the communications network that the entire country runs on has been compromised, writes the names and addresses of various relatives and family friends in her son's notebook before sending him to school, just in case something happens before he can come back home.
** Subverted in Jack's case: [[spoiler: He knows that his neice cannot be in any danger, because she has been dead for years.]]

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* AdultFear: Elaine mostly only needs to worry about her own welfare, and Jack's by extension of working with him. Jack receives threatening phone calls implying that his neice niece may be in danger if he presses with the investigation. Sue, knowing that the communications network that the entire country runs on has been compromised, writes the names and addresses of various relatives and family friends in her son's notebook before sending him to school, just in case something happens before he can come back home.
** Subverted in Jack's case: [[spoiler: He knows that his neice niece cannot be in any danger, because she has been dead for years.]]



* CorruptCorporateExecutive

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* CorruptCorporateExecutiveCorruptCorporateExecutive: Suspicion quickly homes in on the top echelons of Hayek Associates, since they're the most probable leakers. [[spoiler:It turns to be a particularly greedy executive who had hedged 26 million pounds ''against'' his own company, much to Jack and Elaine's confusion--after all, what executive would bet against a Potemkin company backed by the British security services that he was paid to manage? Turned out, Hackman didn't know that British intel was using the company as a front; he just saw a profitable place to betray.]]



* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler: Jack's "kidnapped" neice. His sister and her daughters were killed in a traffic accident years before, and he had been living in denial with the help of an AlternateRealityGame tailored to people like him.]]

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* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler: Jack's "kidnapped" neice.niece. His sister and her daughters were killed in a traffic accident years before, and he had been living in denial with the help of an AlternateRealityGame tailored to people like him.]]



* TheHandler: [[spoiler:Barry Michaels, who helped to run SPOOKS, and who recruits both Elaine and Jack to help hunt down the leak.]]



* IHaveYourWife: Jack receives a series of messages that eventually reveal that his neice has been kidnapped, but that nothing will happen to her if he walks away from the investigation. [[spoiler: It doens't quite work as planned, see DeadAllAlong.]]

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* IHaveYourWife: Jack receives a series of messages that eventually reveal that his neice niece has been kidnapped, but that nothing will happen to her if he walks away from the investigation. [[spoiler: It doens't quite work as planned, see DeadAllAlong.]]



* JustForPun: Jack's online avatar is a shotgun-weilding bear. He states that he believes in the [[AmericanGunPolitics Right To Keep And Arm Bears.]] [[LampshadeHanging He then waits for the obligatory groan]].

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* JustForPun: Jack's online avatar is a shotgun-weilding shotgun-wielding bear. He states that he believes in the [[AmericanGunPolitics Right To Keep And Arm Bears.]] [[LampshadeHanging He then waits for the obligatory groan]].



* RealityEnsues: Jack chases after a suspected bad guy while both are playing the same AugmentedReality fantasy role-playing game. They get into a fight, where Jack's character (a [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter blunderbuss-weilding]] [[BearsAreBadNews bipedal bear]]) unloads with a virtual BFG. Much to his surprise, his opponent, playing a far weaker character, opts to go for a weak dagger attack instead. [[spoiler: Which turns out to have been a ''real'' dagger attack. Jack doesn't realize it right away because the knife got embedded in a folding keyboard he had in his pocket.]]
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Jack's neice hasn't been kidnapped. He knows this because his neice has been dead for years, but he's been paying a company to simulate his sister and neices still being alive and interacting with him so he could live in denial.]]

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* RealityEnsues: Jack chases after a suspected bad guy while both are playing the same AugmentedReality fantasy role-playing game. They get into a fight, where Jack's character (a [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter blunderbuss-weilding]] blunderbuss-wielding]] [[BearsAreBadNews bipedal bear]]) unloads with a virtual BFG. Much to his surprise, his opponent, playing a far weaker character, opts to go for a weak dagger attack instead. [[spoiler: Which turns out to have been a ''real'' dagger attack. Jack doesn't realize it right away because the knife got embedded in a folding keyboard he had in his pocket.]]
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Jack's neice niece hasn't been kidnapped. He knows this because his neice has she's been dead for years, but he's been paying a company to simulate his sister and neices nieces still being alive and interacting with him so he could live in denial.]]



* WhiteCollarCrime: Much of the work that Jack used to do was along these lines, developing "[[InsistentTerminology Stress Testing]]" tools to crash the servers of competing companies to motivate customers to use their products instead. [[spoiler: Ultimately, it ends up being the motivation for the villain to unwittingly ally himself with Team Red, and by extension, the Guanbu.]]

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* WhiteCollarCrime: Much of the work that Jack used to do was along these lines, developing "[[InsistentTerminology Stress Testing]]" tools to crash the servers of competing companies to motivate customers to use their products instead. [[spoiler: Ultimately, it ends up being the motivation for the villain to unwittingly ally himself with Team Red, and by extension, the Guanbu.Guoanbu.]]
30th Mar '13 2:33:22 PM LongLiveHumour
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* BritishCoppers: One of the main characters, Sue, is a uniformed Scottish constable working in Edinburgh. She ends up spending much of the book attached to Detective Inspector Liz Kavanaugh, a plainclothes cop.

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* BritishCoppers: UsefulNotes/BritishCoppers: One of the main characters, Sue, is a uniformed Scottish constable working in Edinburgh. She ends up spending much of the book attached to Detective Inspector Liz Kavanaugh, a plainclothes cop.
26th Mar '13 2:41:14 PM DaibhidC
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* HasTwoMommies: Sue's private life doesn't feature into the story much, but there's a brief reference to her wife and their son, Davey.
21st Mar '13 5:32:04 PM VPhantom
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* RealityEnsues: Jack chases after a suspected bad guy while both are playing the same AugmentedReality fantasy role-playing game. They get into a fight, where Jack's character (a [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter blunderbuss-weilding]] [[EverythingIsWorseWithBears bipedal bear]]) unloads with a virtual BFG. Much to his surprise, his opponent, playing a far weaker character, opts to go for a weak dagger attack instead. [[spoiler: Which turns out to have been a ''real'' dagger attack. Jack doesn't realize it right away because the knife got embedded in a folding keyboard he had in his pocket.]]

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* RealityEnsues: Jack chases after a suspected bad guy while both are playing the same AugmentedReality fantasy role-playing game. They get into a fight, where Jack's character (a [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter blunderbuss-weilding]] [[EverythingIsWorseWithBears [[BearsAreBadNews bipedal bear]]) unloads with a virtual BFG. Much to his surprise, his opponent, playing a far weaker character, opts to go for a weak dagger attack instead. [[spoiler: Which turns out to have been a ''real'' dagger attack. Jack doesn't realize it right away because the knife got embedded in a folding keyboard he had in his pocket.]]
13th Mar '13 3:04:16 AM AFP
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* BrickJoke: The chair from Jack's introduction, and [[UnreliableNarrator Jack's inability to remember the circumstances around it.]]



-->'''Jack''': That's Hell. Don't worry ab out it, it's just a little joke that got out of hand."

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-->'''Jack''': That's Hell. Don't worry ab out about it, it's just a little joke that got out of hand."



** That said, the police investigation does eventually allow for Sue to be on the scene when the BigBad is revealed [[spoiler: and to help when Jack is shot]]. Most of the shortcomings that Sue suffers in dealign with the plot is simply a lack of training.

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** That said, the police investigation does eventually allow for Sue to be on the scene when the BigBad is revealed [[spoiler: and to help when Jack is shot]]. Most of the shortcomings that Sue suffers in dealign dealing with the plot is simply a lack of training.
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