William Dietrich Getting Back

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Stifled and frustrated by company policy, Daniel jumps at the chance to go on a wilderness challenge in the Australian Outback. However, when he arrives he realises that the corporation does not intend for him to survive the trip.

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Dietrich was born in 1951 and grew up in Tacoma, WA. A journalism graduate of Western Washington University, he has spent most of his life in the Pacific Northwest, with briefer sojourns in Washington, D.C., and Boston. He spent a year at Harvard University at the Nieman fellowship program for journalists, was a fellow at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts, and has won numerous journalism awards. He is married, has two college-age daughters, and lives in Anacortes, WA.

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Following his dynamic 1998 debut, the Antarctic thriller Ice Reich, ex-journalist and Pulitzer Prizewinner Dietrich moves on to Australia for this slower-paced future-world saga of malcontents and convicts roaming the outback in a deadly game orchestrated by an all-powerful corporate entity. Halfway through the 21st century, United Corporations has made the world secureeven if a plague born of genetic engineering did accidentally kill off the entire human population of Australiabut Daniel Dyson, a comfortably midlevel programmer, isnt satisfied. His bad attitude earns him a reprimand, yet suddenly, out of the surrounding darkness of conformity, a ray of hope shines forth in the shapely form of Raven. She entices him into a subterranean escapade, then turns him on to Outback Adventure, a secret, selective tour agency offering the ultimate challenge: a no-gadgets survivalist trek across now plague-free Australia, with only those reaching the coast able to get back home. Although Raven vanishes, Daniel still signs up, trusting hell run into her over there. But, as he and the group hes teamed with learn to their dismay, when Raven saves them from dying of thirst, their ultimate adventure is just another means for Big Brother to stifle dissentby throwing together the restless and the criminal in a place apart, with no intention of bringing any of them back. Raven proves to be not the fellow free spirit Daniel had fallen in love with; she is instead an agent of the corporate monolith he detests. As they traverse the continent, however, with a pack of killer convicts pursuing them for the key to escape, which the two possess, a new understanding grows between them, as does a new hope for humanity. The pro-wilderness, outside-the-box message is hammered home in ways ranging from clever to clunky, but when the action stops and the pondering begins, a lack of character depth makes this story about as succulent as a mouthful of desert sand. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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