In the violent, decaying New York City of the future, an unrequited love turns into a complicated death trap involving murderous family rivalries, perverse military practices, and the mutant products of a nuclear meltdown
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Set in a decaying and violent twenty-first-century New York, Ambient tells the story of O'Malley, a very special bodyguard for an outrageously ruthless CEO named Dryden, and of his attempts to woo Dryden's personal femme fatale, Avalon. But what begins as a simple case of unrequited love quickly turns into a complicated deathtrap involving corporate intrigue, murderous family rivalries, and perverse subcultures.From Publishers Weekly:
Set in a future New York City that seems like a horrible amalgam of A Clockwork Orange's London, modern-day Beirut and Germany during the Thirty Years' War, this thriller, Womack's first novel, does not live up to its ambitious theme. In 21st century Manhattan, a good portion of the citizenry consists of freaks engendered by a nuclear accident on Long Island. The freaks, or "ambients," of the title still retain a sense of community missing everywhere else in the world, however. Civic authority, such as it is, lies in Dryco, a conglomerate that controls the government. But things are falling apart inside Dryco. CEO Dryden Jr. believes that founder Dryden Sr. is destroying the company's solvency by speculating in Bronx real estate. Dryden Jr. persuades O'Malley, the novel's protagonist, to assassinate his father. The attempt misfires, and O'Malley must scramble to save his own life. Womack cites, and thus invites, comparison with A Clockwork Orange. But while Burgess used similar material to make serious fiction about connections between violence and dehumanization, and good and evil, the violence here merely titillates, and the tale is emp-ty of moral resonance and meaning.
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Book Description Grove Pr/Wiedenfield & Nicolson, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. This is a New and Uread copy of the first edition (1st printing). NOt a remainder copy. Bookseller Inventory # 024551
Book Description Grove Pr, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111555840825
Book Description Grove Pr, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1555840825