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Publisher's Summary

Steward is a clone, a beta. His memories are 15 years old, because his alpha never did have a brain-scan update.In those 15 years, the entire world has changed. An alien race known as The Powers has established relations with humanity, and the Orbital Policorp which held his allegiance has collapsed. He fought and survived the off-world Artifacts War, but dozens of his friends did not. Both his first and second wives have divorced him. And, more importantly, someone has murdered him, causing the activation of the beta back-up.Now Steward must probe into the horrors of the war, its politics and betrayals, to find out who wanted him dead - if he doesn't want to die again.
©2007 Night Shade Books; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Slick and intelligent entertainment. The tension remains high throughout. A taut, satisfying tale of space-age skullduggery." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Resonances of Vietnam-era moral concerns make this deft updating of the postWorld War II genre of psychological thrillers about amnesiacs one of the best of its kind." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Cliff on 02-12-14

Really good cyberpunk

Walter Jon Williams was one of the best authors of the cyberpunk genre. This is an excellent story and as with most cyber punk it is more focused on the story and the world with seriously flawed, often tragic characters. This novel has a lot of attitude and action.

The only down side is that the voice of the narrarator didn't match what I envisioned for the main character, but that is a personal choice. The narrarator took some getting used to but once I did I enjoyed the audiobook, although I have to admit I think I enjoyed reading it a little bit more. it is still worth a credit if you like this type of book.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-07-13

Don't bother just read the book

What other book might you compare Voice of the Whirlwind to and why?

In the same genre as Neuromancer, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive. Near Future neo noir cyberpunk.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator was horrible, bad accents, poor timing, lousy inflection. One of the worst science fiction audiobooks I have listened to and it all relates back to the performance.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

This is one of my favorite books and I downloaded it planning to listen at work as I haven't read it in a couple years. The performance was so bad I just couldn't do it. Think of watching Arnold Schwatzengger do Hamlet, that was the level of the performance.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By R. Maines on 07-21-16


Well it only took three decades, but I finally got round to 'reading' the sequel to Hardwired.

But it's not really a sequel, as it has little connection to the first novel.

The story is ok, too much info dumping at times, but it's not a patch on Hardwired.

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