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A cyberpunk novel by Marc D. Giller (his debut) published in 2005. In a near future ruled by corporations, Cray Alden is a former hammerjack—or hacker of the computer world known as the Axis—now forced to work as a corporate spook, hunting hammerjacks down. He gets swept up in a war between a corrupt government, and anti-tech terrorists, as a strange infection begins to change his mind and body.Heavily derivative of William Gibson, with doses of The Matrix and Blade Runner. Reviewers have criticized it for being perhaps a bit too derivative, but it compensates with some smashing action scenes as well as presenting female characters that are better developed than the males (a rarity, for a male cyberpunk author).Its sequel, Prodigal, was published in 2007.
Tropes in this work:
Action Girl: Zoe, Avalon and Lea Prism, introduced in that order
Ambiguously Gay: Andrew Talbot, depending on your interpretation. Since he gets no physical description we don’t know if he wears a pink shirt or prissy glasses, but we do know that he’s a sassy, sarcastic, humorous friend to Lea.
Audience Surrogate: Both male leads Cray Alden and Nathan Straka have very generic personalities in comparison to the other characters, and neither are given any physical description or even an age.
Author Appeal: All of the female characters in the first book have great bodies (justified with Zoe, Avalon and Lea, as they’re action heroines). And all except possibly Avalon spend a good portion of the story either dressed in revealing cloths, acting seductive, or both.
Decoy Love Interest: Zoe, who is introduced as a young sexy action-girl in a black leather suit that "left little to the imagination," and who Alden is on a mission to capture...and she ends up dying in at the end of the first chase scene!
The Dragon: Avalon: in the first book for Phao Yin, and in Prodigal for the Inru.
Expy: Nathan Straka, the new male lead in Prodigal, is almost identical to Cray Alden in personality (or lack thereof), and is even an ex-hammerjack who works for the government. Lea Prism and Trevor Bostic also fill the roles that Cray Alden and Phao Yin had in the first book, of ex-hammerjack-forced-to-work-for-the-govornment, and the evil boss. (Though Lea and Trevor's relationship has the extra dimension of Trevor's attraction to her.)
Goth: Apparently in the future, the Goth subculture will evolve into a violent cult.
Hell-Bent for Leather: Zoe, at the very least. Possibly Avalon, as her “dark clothes” could be interpreted as leather (since it’s a cyberpunk story after all). According to the cover of “Prodigal,” Lea Prism.
Hello, Nurse!: If a male character falls in love with—or just comments on the beauty of—a woman in the series, it's Lea.
Hollywood Cyborg: Avalon’s body and senses having been largely eaten away by the Mons Virus, so she had to be rebuilt with enhanced reflexes, a “sensesuit” that gives her inhuman senses, and two small lights where her eyes used to be.
Meaningful Name: Avalon is mysterious and solitary; in Prodigal,Eve Kelean brings about a sort of "fall of man," when she unleashes the virus on the crew.
Ms. Fanservice: Cray’s newfound ally Lea Prism just happens to be young, sassy, single, and beautiful. She is forced by circumstances to disguise as a prostitute (twice). Lyssa also likes to take the form of a sultry, seductive babe, for no explained reason.