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by R. J. Pineiro

eBook 01-01-00 download ISBN: 0812568710
Author: R. J. Pineiro
Publisher: Tor Books (December 15, 1999)
Language: English
ePub: 1964 kb
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Rating: 4.4
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Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers and Suspense

This book came about in a most interesting way. Ken Walker, president of WalkerGroup/Designs and creator of the 01-01-00 licensing program, thought it would be a great idea to tie in a millennium novel with his highly successful merchandising program

This book came about in a most interesting way. Ken Walker, president of WalkerGroup/Designs and creator of the 01-01-00 licensing program, thought it would be a great idea to tie in a millennium novel with his highly successful merchandising program. With the assistance of our mutual friend and agent at William Morris, Matt Bialer, plus the invaluable help of Marty Greenberg from Tekno Books, a dialogue began among the four of us.

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01-01-00: The Novel of the Millennium. R. J. Pineiro Tor/Forge Forge Books. Hunted by the top companies in America, Michael Patrick Ryan was offered the world: high starting salaries, stock options, and signing bonuses.

Susan traces the virus's signal to its point of origin, an area near Tikal, the site of one of the largest cities of the ancient Maya. Born in Cuba and raised in Central America, . 70s. RJ fell in love with all things military while attending Florida Air Academy, an Jr. AFROTC all-boys military academy in Melbourne, Florida taught by retired WW2, Korea, and Vietnam pilots. In the late 1980s . married his passion for the . Armed Forces with his love for the written word and began studying to become a novelist.

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As the new millennium approaches, a mysterious virus that shuts down the world's computers is traced to a Mayan city where only one woman stands between its indecipherable code and the apocalyptic end of the world
Comments: (7)
I listened to this as an mp3 cd audiobook,hence it was a $22 purchase.So I had to think long and hard before I bought it.Am I satisfied with my purchase? I am not sure.The computer part of it was generally amusing and fun,although blantly inaccurate in many many places.He would be better off spending time writing about things he knows something about.At times his lack of knowledge was irratingly extreme.He had episodes of gore and torture that were well written enough to be totally disgusting and sickening.They added nothing to the story.
So why 3 stars instead of one?Well,otherwise except for the ending the book was very well written.His character development,dialogue,balance between action and description,plot development etc etc were 5 star material.........until the ending ( last 20 minutes maybe). He had a very interesting idea for a plot and developed it well,but he couldn't figure out how to end it. Hopefully the author will read these reviews so he can learn what he needs to work on to become a real good author.

The information on the Mayans is interesting, if true, but the overall story is so cartoonish that I am not quite sure if one should believe it. The story hangs together by a thread and is poorly written. How does the Japanese couple from South America fit in? And more importantly, why? The ending? No wonder there was an epilogue. The editor did a disservice to the author and to the buyers of this book.
As other reviewers had said, I was intrigued by the description. But, even that is misleading. The Publishers Weekly review mentions the "activation of the infamous Y2K bug" as if it were a malicious virus waiting to pounce rather than a coding decision/error made to conserve precious disk space 30 years before.

I liked the overall story. The details of the Maya culture and history show that the author had done some research, which I think he wanted to show off in this book. However, chunks of four and five non-stop pages of this got to be tedious after the first time. I was most disappointed in the computer programming knowledge displayed. Being in the software industry I balked at line numbers in a program written in 1999 (BASIC?), the phrase "C++ script" and a disassembler that can recover subroutine names from binary code, but can't even make a guess at assembly code in 93% of the binary virus.

There is some suspicion that there may be an extra-terrestrial connection/origin to the countdown virus that is freezing most computers around the world as the year 2000 approaches. (Props to the author for noting that 2000 was NOT the start of the new millenium.) This speculation brought up too many questions that remained through my reading of the novel. How would aliens know what assembly language was used by Earth processors to use in their virus, especially from 139 light years away? How do they know our computers use 8-bit bytes when the Maya used a base-20 number system? How did aliens know/predict that interpretting the target data as a binary number would end up being significant? Thankfully, during the course of the book one character did raise some of these questions. There was an explanation given at the end, but that was bit of a cop-out, IMO.

Even with all that, ignoring the details of the computer programming and computer virus analysis I found the story to be exciting. Good characters with some depth and a few puzzles to be solved along the way. The epilogue was rather disappointing, but inevitable.
When you guess the ending of a novel during the opening one gets pretty miffed. One is especially let down when the novel in question proclaims itself as the "Novel of the Millenium". Ok, sure, that subtitle is not meant to be a critical statement, but still you can't help but have high and lofty expectations.

Mining material left over from Chariots of the Gods and old episodes of In Search Of , the novel mixes in some Contact, a little Silence of the Lambs and even a few action thriller conventions. We first find our lead heroine, Susan Garnett on the eve of an attempted suicide. Satisfied with having put behind bars the hacker who unwittingly killed her family, a selfish little bugger nicknamed Bloodaxe, she decides to off herself when that fateful phone call rings through. Thus begins Pineiro's predictable task of showing Garnett that life is still worth living via a global crisis (nothing like the end of Western civilization to snap me out of a suicidal stupor) and a new page of love with Indiana Jones' illegitimate son Cameron Slater. Together the pair head off to the jungles of South America to trace the source of a milleniumal computer virus which just happens to be tied to a signal from a distant corner of space. Also in the jungle we find a cool brother and sister assasain tag-team, enterprising Japanese astronomers, and enough trivial nuggets about the Maya from Pineiro to form a feature length episode of Unsolved Mysteries. With most of the plot based on 70's psedu-science that begs for Orson Wells narration, its pretty hard to imagine all these charecters taking such Earth-shattering revelations in such stride. And the idea that a French minister would somehow endanger the world for the sake of saving face is a farce not even the French would buy into. Oh and let's not forget the sudden international jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (See how X-Files has spoiled us). Despite these plot hurdles, Pineiro's prose is a fast and painless read, tackling the computer jargon with a clear style that should make itself readable to even the most computer illiterate (and God bless him for using BASIC). Events moving along at a brisk pace and once everyone is in the jungle and Mayan headpriests start rearing thier heads the novel begins to have a little more fun with its premise.