The Great Firewall

The Great Firewall

Michael C. Boxall / Oct 21, 2019

The Great Firewall ORSON WELLES WITH A LAPTOP that s how Wired magazine describes high flying software developer Daniel Skye But Daniel s on the verge of bankruptcy and divorce obsessed with the best idea he s ever had

  • Title: The Great Firewall
  • Author: Michael C. Boxall
  • ISBN: 9781475154245
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • ORSON WELLES WITH A LAPTOP that s how Wired magazine describes high flying software developer Daniel Skye But Daniel s on the verge of bankruptcy and divorce, obsessed with the best idea he s ever had an interactive movie game hybrid for tablet computers that will forever change the way we see entertainment that is, if it doesn t ruin its creator first He flees to ShaORSON WELLES WITH A LAPTOP that s how Wired magazine describes high flying software developer Daniel Skye But Daniel s on the verge of bankruptcy and divorce, obsessed with the best idea he s ever had an interactive movie game hybrid for tablet computers that will forever change the way we see entertainment that is, if it doesn t ruin its creator first He flees to Shanghai, where Pierre, an old photojournalist friend, knows people with money But Pierre has his own agenda, helping a clandestine group of Chinese protesters On the eve of a global conference on carbon emissions, they re desperate to publicize the human cost of Shanghai s real estate explosion and expose the corrupt officials and murderous property developers who are driving it As Daniel searches the back alleys of Shanghai for pictures of a disappearing city, he is drawn ever deeper into a world of violence, arson, and killing In the end, he will have to choose How much is he willing to sacrifice for the best idea he ll ever have Fast paced and multi layered, The Great Firewall is a thriller for the twenty first century, capturing the jagged intersection

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      • Michael C. Boxall

        Michael C Boxall was born in England and studied English and American literature at Warwick University, after which he became a trainee editor with a documentary film company in London When he won the Eisaku Sato Foundation prize for a paper on Japanese European relations he was invited to Japan and subsequently became a journalist After winning the United Nations University Prize for writing on the impact of new media he studied communications in graduate school at the University of Washington An internship at Harper s confirmed his interest in magazines and he later returned to Tokyo as editor of Intersect, an English language monthly about Japan As well as writing for print he has worked in multimedia and Star Sites, about the significance of archaeoastronomy in five different cultures, was named educational CD of the month by Newsweek Interactive In 2003 he was one of two joint winners of the 25,000 Lupton New Voices in Literature award for a proposal for a non fiction book entitled Driven by Desire Sex and the Spread of New Media He has also won prizes for short fiction The Great Firewall will be followed by a second China related thriller, Final Cut.


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    1. One of my guilty pleasures is reading a good spy novel, and this certainly was one. I don’t like the raw language or graphic violence common to the genre, but I love the suspense and thrill of the good guys risking everything, trying to triumph over the bad guys and to help the oppressed. I was drawn into Daniel’s world in spite of myself as it is raw and gritty. Daniel is obsessed with getting what he needs for the interactive game he is creating to the point that it seems his fantasy world [...]


    2. BEC'S REVIEWWhile not normally a book I would pick up at the bookstore or the library I surprisingly enjoyed reading the Great Firewall. Despite being outside my normal interests I was held captive by the plot and how Daniel’s quest for creditors for his project led him into the dangerous world of Shanghai politics and, to a degree, espionage. This book has a way of hooking its tendrils in you and not letting go, with each subplot making you want to continue reading to discover the outcome. Wi [...]


    3. A great, fast paced and exciting read. Great concept, very up to date and cutting edge. The reader can identify with Daniel, although from a woman's perspective I do find that 'blind must follow my dream whatever the circumstances' tunnel vision annoying - definitely a man trait! But, I do like his drive, passion and self belief. Yes, I pity poor Sophie, his long suffering wife whose whole life has not been easy. A product of a rogue father who like Daniel is just a bit selfish! The story is pre [...]


    4. A fast paced adventure! I enjoyed this book immensely, filled with surprising twists, right up until the end! It appeared as though Daniel's character developed and matured throughout the story, I felt myself hoping he would realize where his priorities should be, up until the end! The fictional view of political intrigue, the 'secrets' buried by a nation, and the cover-ups portrayed, left me wondering if there could be some underlying truth buried within the story itself! The sacrifices Daniel [...]


    5. I applied to a giveaway to receive this book but did not win. Later on I did obtain a copy of this book from the author. I am giving this book a 4 star rating, even though it is bordering on 5 stars. The only reason that I am only giving it 4 stars, is because of the current event references that are given in the story, I do not think that they will be as memorable in a few years time. For example in the book there are references to Hurricane Katrina, Skype, and Twitter. I mention these things b [...]


    6. ¿No les encanta cuando leyendo un libro, además de entretenerse, aprenden un montón de cosas de las que no tenían idea? Eso es lo que me pasó con el último libro de Michael Boxall. China aparece en los medios todo el tiempo; es imposible no saber aunque sea algo de la historia y el presente del país. Pero es con libros como el de Boxall que uno puede acercarse al funcionamiento interno de una sociedad, descubrir facetas menos exploradas de una ciudad como Shanghai –tanto en el pasado co [...]


    7. I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn't get into the story. I found it to be a little choppy at times switching abruptly from one perspective to another. I made to the end but just barely.



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