It’s here! The day has finally come. The long-awaited debut from David Shafer, WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT is out today from Mulholland Books. Buy it here!
The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, is on the verge of privatizing all information. Dear Diary, an idealistic online Underground, stands in the way of that takeover, using radical politics, classic spycraft, and technology that makes Big Data look like dial-up. Into this secret battle stumbles an unlikely trio: Leila Majnoun, a disillusioned non-profit worker; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee.
In the spirit of William Gibson and Chuck Palahniuk, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is both a suspenseful global thriller and an emotionally truthful novel about the struggle to change the world in- and outside your head.
WTF was listed in TIME Magazine’s ‘Book of the Summer’ predictions and is The ‘Book of the Week’ at Salon.
“My jaw has dropped about 50 times reading this book. Astoundingly good.” —Lev Grossman, bestselling author of The Magicians Trilogy, and Time magazine book critic – (@leverus)
Rave review in The Seattle Times.
Event this week at Powell’s Books- don’t miss it if you’re in Portland!
Some lucky followers of Eric Ries are getting free copies:
“Journalist Shafer hits all the right buttons in his debut, as he mixes crime fiction, espionage, and SF in a darkly comic novel about paranoia and big business… the plot thrives on a realistic approach while seamlessly switching between locales… evokes a chilling, Orwellian society.” -Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
“Shafer’s arch prose, comedic timing and deft feel for shadowy motives in high places are reminiscent of the late Richard Condon (The Manchurian Candidate), only with sweeter, deeper characterizations … An edgy, darkly comedic debut novel whose characters and premise are as up-to-the-minute as an online news feed but as classic as the counterculture rebellions once evoked by Edward Abbey and Ken Kesey.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Shafer etches diamond-sharp and precisely observed contemporary satire of everything from Heathrow Airport to the fatuity of high-tech and celebrity culture.” –Salon, Book of the Week pick
“Hilarious, moving, and wildly ambitious, David Shafer’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot reads like a plot against America dreamed up by the NSA and then ghostwritten by Don DeLillo-a love story-cum-international thriller about our surveillance society that’s so convincingly paranoid you’ll tape over your webcam. Forget debut: it marks the arrival of a major new writer.”—Adam Ross, New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Peanut
“Roaming from Burma to Oregon to a mysterious ship in the open ocean, David Shafer’s debut novel is a stylish, absorbing, sharply modern hybrid of techno thriller and psychodrama that bristles with wit and intellect and offers a dark, incisive vision of the global consequences of turning our lives into collectable data. This book will stay with you long after you’ve finished it.” —Maggie Shipstead, author of Astonish Me
“Outlandishly clever. Evoking the technological-paranoia of Philip K. Dick and the verbal pyrotechnics of David Foster Wallace, Shafer’s digital take-over is absurdly comical and all too familiar. The characters are complicated, fascinating, and fully engaging while the threats feel frighteningly real.”—Joe Meno, author of The Great Perhaps
“David Shafer’s amazing debut novel should be a controlled substance, its addictive quotient of the highest order. I devoured it imagining this is what a brainstorming event between Thomas Pynchon and Edward Snowden would deliver.”—Bob Shacochis, author of The Woman Who Lost Her Soul
“Hilarious and chilling, fast-paced and thoughtful, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is literary entertainment of the highest order. While the novel reads like a comic thriller, it speaks powerfully to our over-connected, over-watched, privacy-depleted moment. I admire the hell out of it.”—Ken Kalfus, National Book Award nominated author of Equilateral
“A Graham Greene novel written by Edward Snowden. The Anonymous novel I have been waiting for — a stiletto thriller of the too-real panopticon digitizing our every breath nowadays.”—Tom Paine, author of Scar Vegas