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 [[BodyHorror strange infection begins to change his mind and body]].

Heavily derivative of Creator/WilliamGibson, with doses of ''Film/TheMatrix'' and ''Film/BladeRunner''. 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:
* ActionGirl: Zoe, Avalon and Lea Prism, introduced in that order
* AIIsACrapshoot: Lyssa will do anything to be free of her boundries
* AmbiguouslyGay: 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.
* AudienceSurrogate: 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.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Avalon, Lea Prism, Vortex, Funky...
* AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler:Cray Alden]] According to the Inru, anyway.
* AuthorAppeal: 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.
* {{Badass}}: Basically everyone
* BadassLongcoat: Avalon. And, according to the book cover, Cray Alden.
* CrapsackWorld
* {{Cyberpunk}} Arguably a throwback to classic '80s cyberpunk
* ChaseScene: Only about every other chapter or so...
* CoolShades: Avalon’s eyes were eaten away by the Mons virus, and replaced with cyborg implants, which she covers with onyx glasses.
* {{Cyberspace}}
* [[DecoyProtagonist Decoy Love Interest]]: [[spoiler: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!]]
* TheDragon: [[spoiler:Avalon]]: in the first book for Phao Yin, and in Prodigal for the Inru.
* DyingAsYourself: Both [[spoiler:Lauren Farina]] and [[spoiler:Avalon]] in "Prodigal."
* {{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.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Alden’s ascension into the computer world]]
* HellBentForLeather: 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.
* HelloNurse: If a male character falls in love with--or just comments on the beauty of--a woman in the series, it's Lea.
* HollywoodCyborg: 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.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Avelon’s shimmering sensesuit
* MeaningfulName: Avalon is mysterious and solitary; in ''Prodigal,'' ''Eve'' Kelean brings about a sort of "fall of man," when she [[spoiler:unleashes the virus on the crew.]]
* MsFanservice: 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.
* AntiHero: Over the course of the two books, Avalon switches sides almost more than [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]].
* StormingTheCastle
* PinballProtagonist: Cray Alden moves through the adventure through almost no choices of his own, at least for the first half or so of the book.
* PsychoForHire: Avalon
* PunchClockVillain:[[spoiler:Eve Kellean, in Prodigal.]]
* UnstoppableRage : Avalon. Holly hell, Avalon. Especially when she [[spoiler:goes on a rampage against Yoshii Tagura’s gang]] in the middle of Prodigal.