Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (Paperback)

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This Portland-based author has conjured in his first novel a society so close to home that you may never want to go online again. OK, that may be overstating it. But this smart, funny and ultimately disturbing novel asks who will control the information scooped from our oh-so-handy devices and how will it be used. Charlatans and do-gooders, addicts and geniuses, friends and family, the super-rich and the developing-world poor have roles to play in this all too believable thriller. Think Snowden, Blackwater, Google, Amazon, NSA ... not actually named of course. WTF is long on plot, and just as long on character development. All that and flashes of local color as Portland’s bridges and skate board parks come into play. Yes, I’d call it brilliant and I want a sequel.

— Mary


One of "Time "Magazine's Ten Best Books of 2014
Selected by NPR, Slate, and Kirkus as one of the Best Books of 2014
Shortlisted for the Pacific Northwest Book Award
Three young adults grapple with the usual thirty-something problems--boredom, authenticity, an omnipotent online oligarchy--in David Shafer's darkly comic debut novel.
The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, is on the verge of privatizing all information. Dear Diary, an idealistic online Underground, stands in the way of that takeover, using radical politics, classic spycraft, and technology that makes Big Data look like dial-up. Into this secret battle stumbles an unlikely trio: Leila Majnoun, a disillusioned non-profit worker; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee.
Leo and Mark were best friends in college, but early adulthood has set them on diverging paths. Growing increasingly disdainful of Mark's platitudes, Leo publishes a withering takedown of his ideas online. But the Committee is reading--and erasing--Leo's words. On the other side of the world, Leila's discoveries about the Committee's far-reaching ambitions threaten to ruin those who are closest to her.
In the spirit of William Gibson and Chuck Palahniuk, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" is both a suspenseful global thriller and an emotionally truthful novel about the struggle to change the world in- and outside your head.

About the Author

David Shafer is a graduate of Harvard and the Columbia Journalism School. He has lived in Argentina and Dublin, and has been a journalist, sometimes a carpenter, once a taxi driver and briefly a flack for an NGO. He now lives in Portland with his wife, daughter, and son.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316252652
ISBN-10: 0316252654
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Pages: 448
Language: English