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Publisher Description

“[A] high-octane blend of nervy characters, dark humor and bristling dialogue... smart, timely, electrifying.”
   — NPR

An exhilarating thrill-ride through the underbelly of cyber espionage in the vein of David Ignatius’s The Director and the television series Leverage, CSI: Cyber, and Person of Interest, which follows five iconoclastic hackers who are coerced into serving the U.S. government.

An Anonymous-style rabble rouser, an Arab spring hactivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and an online troll are each offered a choice: go to prison or help protect the United States, putting their brains and skills to work for the government for one year.

But being a white-hat doesn’t always mean you work for the good guys. The would-be cyberspies discover that behind the scenes lurks a sinister NSA program, an artificial intelligence code-named Typhon, that has origins and an evolution both dangerous and disturbing. And if it’s not brought down, will soon be uncontrollable.

Can the hackers escape their federal watchers and confront Typhon and its mysterious creator? And what does the government really want them to do? If they decide to turn the tables, will their own secrets be exposed—and their lives erased like lines of bad code?

Combining the scientific-based, propulsive narrative style of Michael Crichton with the eerie atmosphere and conspiracy themes of The X-Files and the imaginative, speculative edge of Neal Stephenson and William Gibson, Zer0es explores our deep-seated fears about government surveillance and hacking in an inventive fast-paced novel sure to earn Chuck Wendig the widespread acclaim he deserves.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
August 18
Harper Voyager

Customer Reviews

theJBRU ,

Headlong thrilling ride

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Wendig has a way of zipping the narrative along that just keeps you reading. I particularly liked how some chapters were very short because they gave you a glimpse into what was happing "off camera," so to speak. Just the right amount of information so the next part of the "main action" made sense and then right back into it. I also really liked that the protagonist team all had good, internal motivations and each represented a different kind of "hacker." I didn't buy all of the capabilities of the antagonist in the story, but they hung together reasonably well and the pacing was so driving that you just kind of go with it and enjoy the ride.

B.L.G. ,


Great book, a real page turner.

Am book reader ,


I liked this book. The characters were believable, the computer hacker world, even fiction was fascinating . Definitely a good read.

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