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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.

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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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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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?

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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A good enough book that didn't grab me

Steward is a clone, the clone of a man who spent years as a member of a military polycorp called Coherent Light. The original, or "alpha," was murdered, and the clone, or "beta," is determined to find out who and why.

Unfortunately, he's been revived with fifteen years of memory missing. Nor is this an accident. It's a deliberate choice his alpha made, and chose not to explain. Steward has a lot of information to recover before he can hope to complete his mission, and every step of the way is dangerous. He's chasing through the solar system, one space habitat after another, and the history he missed includes the arrival of a significantly more advanced alien species known as the Powers.

It's a well-written story, with good plot and good characters, as you'd expect of Walter Jon Williams. Unfortunately, unlike many other Williams works, this one just didn't really connect for me. Not enough that I stopped listening to the audiobook, or that I regret listening to it. It is a good book. If you like cyberpunk, there's a good chance this will work a lot better for you than it does for me.

So I'd say don't rush out and buy it, but if it crosses your path, give it a try.

I bought this audiobook.

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Good Read...Been waiting years for the audio

Would you listen to Voice of the Whirlwind again? Why?

many times. and already have

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I read this book in High school, and a couple times after that. I've Listened to it about 5 times since I bought it. There's just something about it I love. Hardwired was a decent read but Voice of the Whirlwind is a far better book, and I'm sure I will listen to it again sometime soon.

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Cool story but pretty weird

I enjoyed this read, it was pretty out there but I’ve come to expect that from this author.

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Great mature fiction!

This book from 1987 seems to have influenced much of current movies and books.

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interesting start and middle but poor finish

so disappointed in the end, it just devolved into one cliche after another and ended in the least interesting and most predictable way possible

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drug users may like it though.

for me? no.
I stopped with 4:20 left on the clock. not going to finish this slogfest. dry. no path to a meaningful plot line.

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hard to listen to, bad intro, odd narrator voice.

the description sounds good, but the performance is hard to follow. the story is hard to get into. it comes together poorly.

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Book of Whirlwind

Intriguing, well paced, and satisfying till the end.
This book is a great example of how you get to know the world the same way the main hero(es) learn about it with you. The story, and the mystery it has, does not get abruptly dumped upon readers and characters, but unravels in more layers as the progress goes.
I guess the best way to describe what I liked about it most is that the story progresses reasonably fast, and it contains varying situations, but they don't feel disjointed or janky. It feels more like "hmm, that was kinda smart", or "yeah, I'd do that as well".
The "amnesia" initial plot device was admittedly been there seen that, but it only went better from there.
Some things could use a bit more time to punch more "oomph", sure, but I do not want to get a star removed just because of my personal subjective impressions.

BTW, this is supposed to be the book 2 of the Hardwired series, but these two are so different that calling it a series will be a stretch. They are "kinda somewhat loosely connected because the worldbuilding seems to be in the same universe", as I understand it it also is in very different timeframes. Still, I liked this book better than the book 1 "Hardwired". What I'm saying is if you skipped the first book of the series, you are not missing anything of any importance, story, or understanding.

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  • D. J. Dubery
  • 09-28-21

Excellent.

As good as Hardwired in its own way. Great writing and top narration. Recommend

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  • RGW
  • 04-21-21

This Man Writes Awesome Novels.

I was hooked from the first chapter. This man is now my favourite author. I read voluminously and Walter John Williams is the best of the best.

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  • Marcus
  • 05-17-20

Such great book, supremely well read and presented

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. The book is brilliant anyway - but the narrator was superb and really brought the story to life. Great job!!

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  • R. Maines
  • 07-21-16

Eh?

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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