Bandwidth (An Analog Novel Book 1) by Eliot Peper

Bandwidth (An Analog Novel Book 1)

“A future we can all recognize—and one that we should all be genuinely afraid of.” —Ars Technica on CumulusA rising star at a preeminent political lobbying firm, Dag Calhoun represents the world’s most powerful technology and energy executives. But when a close brush with death reveals that the influence he wields makes him a target, impossible cracks appear in his perfect, richly appointed life.Like everyone else, Dag relies on his dig...

Details Bandwidth (An Analog Novel Book 1)

TitleBandwidth (An Analog Novel Book 1)
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Thriller

Reviews Bandwidth (An Analog Novel Book 1)

  • Dee Arr
    {Video review }Consider a world one step away from where we now reside, where logging on is as easy as waking up, where you carry your daily news feeds and conversations in your head and are able to access it whenever it is needed.Combine this instant access with the political realities of a political lobbyist and you have stepped into the world of Dag Calhoun. Add in today’s accusations of news manipula...
  • Tulay
    Really slow.Made a bad decision with this selection, it was free with Amazon First Book of April. After reading first 8% of it didn't even get what author was telling me, went back to beginning with my full attention on every word read it again. But finally finished the book, but it was really slow going.
  • Paul Falk
    Right off the bat, author Eliot Peper thrust me into a life-and-death situation. Barely had time to get my feet on the ground and already I'd narrowly dodged a hail of bullets. Gave me insight for what lie down the road. Intense action to get this well-written narrative rolling. Heart thumping, my kind of opening scene. Knew I wouldn't fall asleep. As the storyline unfurled, I became intimately aware of the digital footprint we all leave in our d...
  • Brad Feld
    Spectacular.I've been a friend and avid reader of Eliot's books since the first draft of his first book in the Uncommon Series. It's been a delight to follow his writing career.With Bandwidth, he's at a new level. My favorite genre is what I like to call "near-term sci-fi" - tech that is within five to ten years but set in a contemporary context.As we still try to figure out as a society what impact of social media - specifically Twitter and Face...
  • Lucas Carlson
    If the privacy atrocities of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scare you, but this near-term sci-fi thriller may read to you more as a horror than a thriller.Eliot Peper has truly shown his writing strengths flourish in this novel, providing not only a great mix of sci-fi visioning but also fantastic storytelling technique. He is able to add the texture that helps turn a book into an extraordinary experience.Don't miss this novel, it's going to be...
  • Britta
    ok. I made it to about 70%, but a lot of that was skimming. The idea of manipulating our "feeds" was pretty timely, considering recent news about Facebook posts being used to manipulate voters. And the idea of "the ends justifying the means" definitely deserves some study. But I just never got caught up in this particular story. As I said, a lot of skimming. I just wanted to get the story and I wanted it to develop a bit better. So, what I read w...
  • Bob
    This book really worked for me. It could have been a bit more technical, but I think the author strikes a good balance for tech/non-tech readers. It could have also included more AI/machine learning to make this more realistic for a near-future novel. With that said, it's elegantly put together, taps into human and political intrigue, and flows seamlessly. Being a life-long northwesterner, I was drawn in by the kayaking and San Juan Islands backd...
  • Don
    Bandwidth takes place in the near future at a time when the Internet has become even more integrated into the lives of all humans, and as a result, the corporations that control the digital feed control much of the world. Commonwealth is the company that has become the dominate provider of the feed and as a result has become the most powerful of companies. The company guarantees it’s feed to be totally secure. In order to maintain order as Comm...
  • Sean Randall
    I haven't read a Peper since last august, and if truth be known I haven't read a new book in over 3 weeks. I don't get reading drought very often, but it's frustrating when I do. I was encouraged to pick this up because it's not generally available yet, and so providing an early review may encourage people to buy it when it officially comes out at the beginning of May.Normally, when I read any sort of thriller or detective story, I'm not one to s...
  • Alexander LaFortune
    If you're looking for a plotty, finely-rendered blast through an entirely plausible near future, buy this book. The story of Dag Calhoun, mercenary consultant and lobbyist striding the globe, serving the eternal (but fickle) masters of wealth and power, takes a turn toward intrigue as all kinds of shit starts to hit the previously smoothly-turning fan of his life. He searches his way across the globe to find answers, in carefully drawn settings a...
  • Jonathan Cloud
    A compelling story for our timeIt's hard to make the planetary challenges we face today come alive, but this book does it with an almost casual grace. At first a little confusing and with a dozen wild twists and shocking turns, but masterfully done, and Peper ties it all together in the end, with just enough of a surprise to leave you ready for the promise of Book 2. His afterword and invitation are also a warm and personal touch that leave no do...
  • Eric Walker
    Bandwidth wastes no time from the first page dropping you right into the action as it captivates your imagination of a world not that far into the future. You will quickly figure out that the main character Dag Calhoon, a lobbyist representing high-powered tech and energy executives, starts questioning the world he has been helping create. In this world, every person has a "feed" (like social media) that is always in peoples mind and is integral...
  • Mary Wark
    All well that end wellTimely in the idea of how much of our lives are hijacked by social media. Most of the story is through the main character thought processes and that it drags at times. But over all inventive and refreshing mixed message for the future.
  • We Are All Mad Here
    Because it's only fair to say why I didn't like a book - it was this kind of sentence that did it:"But it was also the first ray of light entering a boarded-up house in a condemned neighborhood as a hopeful squatter adjusted his sweaty grip on a crowbar and pried the plywood from a broken window."
  • Marian
    I'm in for more.It took me a bit to get into this one, and going from news sites to this book, to Twitter, and back again felt like I was reading all the same stuff. So, even though this book is set in the future, it felt pretty darned timely. And not terribly cheering. Even so, the book started moving for me, then racing along. The protagonist as a lobbyist was interesting. Yes, I want to see where this story goes.
  • Joyce
    Exciting, thoughtful and intriguingAll the characters were richly textured. The "good* as well as the bad. The story is close enough to our reality to make it really terrifying but hopeful as well. The growth of the main character testament to that. The best books give you a lot to chew on afterwards and this accomplishes that in spades.
  • Jacob Chapman
    Eliot Peper is a master of crafting near term plausible science fiction futures and Bandwidth may be the best one yet. While the storyline of the book is one of political intrigue and shadowy global players vying for economic gain, political control and impact, the themes it tackles are much more immediate. Personal data privacy, the ability to manipulate free will via media, the tension between private and public action to resolve global crises ...
  • Simon
    Recent Reads: Bandwidth. Eliot Peper's near-future thriller treads the risky politics of a world in the grip of climate change. Dag is a lobbyist, changing minds to change policy. But his feed's been hacked, and someone has changed his mind for him. Weaponised empathy might change the world, but is it the right answer? A timely political thriller, exploring a world where smart algorithms target individuals and the way they think.If Bruce Sterling...
  • Enso
    Cross-posted from my blog at"Bandwidth" by Eliot Peper is his second science fiction novel. A follow up, of sorts, to 2016's "Cumulus." "Cumulus" even gets a one sentence mention early in the book, implying that they may exist in a shared universe. "Bandwidth" follows the story of Dag, a lobbyist (no, stay with me, don't go!) on the path to...redemption? See, Dag has spent his adult life helping the movers...
  • Christopher
    Eliot Peper once more crafts a prescient, tense thriller from an extrapolation of the interplay of tech and society. It's a fast-paced adventure that, while branded as near-future scifi, is the sort of work that reflects real life more and more as time goes on. And it's a good read to boot!
  • Tac Anderson
    Eliot Pepper continues to turn out excellent near future, techno-thriller, sci-fi. This may be his best book yet. Full of corporate and political espionage, Peper explores the limits of our highly digital lives. Even if you're not a techno-nerd, you'll still love the well developed and sympathetic characters and the fast paced well thought out story. Do yourself a favor and check this out.
  • Dan Ancona
    I was lucky enough to get an advance reader copy and - full disclosure - Eliot's a friend of mine, and I think he's a gem of a human being. That aside, this was a terrific read. On one level, it's a fun, fast-paced adventure that's full of vividly rendered surprises around every corner, and one that takes a really interesting dogleg about a third of the way through. And an another level, he's grappling with some profound ramifications of how our ...
  • Rick
    What if what we see isn't reality but the reality others want us to see? What does it mean when one company has more users who use it daily than any country has citizens? Who has the power, and who has influence?I loved the questions raised by Elliot's book. And I imagine I'm going to be thinking about them for some time -- he does a great job laying out a very plausible near-term future, one where the levers of power are not what you'd expect.Wh...
  • Joshua
    Is it a utopia? Dystopia? Or Both? This novel seems to take all of the looming concerns of our global society (i.e. climate change, information overreach and manipulation, corporate espionage) and merges it all together to form a narrative where the protagonist seemingly takes a determined path in effecting change in global trends but finds himself adrift then "born again".This is a science fiction novel; however, the reader isn't thrust into the...
  • Fat Al
    No. Just don’t.
  • Lisa Barnett
    The writing was sloppy. The characters were barely fleshed out. The PREMISE, though!
  • Paul Kurtz
    I selected this as my free Kindle book for this month. I normally enjoy a good mystery, but this book managed to make what could have been good political intrigue and mystery boring. It was so vague about what was really going on that it was very difficult to follow. It also seemed to push a political agenda (global warming) that I am not very interested in.
  • Andy Coleman
    A SIMPLE MAN'S REVIEW:I was drawn to this novel with the promise of technology, and there is a bit, but ultimately this is a "political thriller". Not really the type of book I would seek out.The story is set in the near future, and the world is experiencing the effects of climate change. The population is also tied into a "feed", sort of like Facebook turned up to 20. So the question becomes, if you could control the feed, what might you accompl...
  • Liambard
    I picked this book up for free on the amazon promo and really liked the sound of it. I wanted to like it so persevered but by 20% I had enough. I just couldn’t connect with it at all, a tough read for me.
  • Drew
    Made it to the 4th page.Maybe I'm not giving the book enough of a chance, and perhaps it gets better. However, I'm four pages into the novel and the overindulgence of adjectives ruins the pacing and completely shattered the illusion. I stopped to read some reviews and noticed several other readers have had the same issue. I think I'll put this one away. Thanks!IIf you don't have problems with superfluous flowery adjectives and adverbs that often ...