The boundaries between game and reality are breached in this compelling near-future geopolitical thriller by award-winning author, Walter Jon Williams.
Dagmar Shaw is one of the world s hottest designers of alternate reality games. She is the Puppetmaster and thousands of gamers are dancing on her strings. But when the campaign she is running in Turkey comes into conflict with the new, brutal regime, she realises that games can have very real consequences.
When an old friend approaches Dagmar with a project so insane, so ambitious, she can't possibly say no, she is plunged into a world of spies and soldiers. A nation hangs in the balance and in a world of intrigue and betrayal, the master player must face the possibility that she has, herself, been played.
Dagmar is the Puppetmaster, but when the bullets are real and her 'puppets' start dying, is any cause worth it?
Powerful ideas, brilliantly executed . . . you should take this as a recommendation - Charles Stross, award-winning author of HALTING STATE
With admirable topicality, DEEP STATE concerns the fomenting of revolution against an repressive regime using modern networked communications - TELEGRAPH
A neatly plausible scenario that riffs off recent events in Iran to fine effect as Williams brings an SF sensibility to what's essentially a spy thriller. Recommended. - BBC FOCUS