Short story review: FLOODGATE by Matt Richtel

Too rarely do I get the pleasure of whole-heartedly recommending something I’ve read. Today I’m thrilled to tell my readers you MUST read the just-released short story Floodgate by author and Pulitzer prize winner Matt Richtel. You won’t find a better hour’s entertainment for 99 cents. And you might discover a new favorite thriller writer.

I’m a fan of Matt Richtel, both his science-oriented journalism for the New York Times and his fiction. Check out my review of his science thriller novel Devil’s Plaything and you’ll  see how impressed I was by his writing style, originality, and use of San Francisco as a setting. In summary, his voice is singular and compelling.

Richtel’s new ebook exclusive short story Floodgate will give you the opportunity to sample his voice and see if it appeals to you as much as it did to me. Floodgate is a teaser for Richtel’s next novel The Cloud, due for release in January 2013. I’m not exactly sure what the relationship is between the two stories but I guarantee The Cloud will be a great read. You can pre-order it now to make sure you don’t miss it. Click to read the ScienceThrillers review of THE CLOUD.

Oh, about the story…From the book blurb:

It’s Watergate. On servers.

On the eve of the presidential election, a conspiracy threatens to alter the outcome of the vote—and the future of American politics. At the heart of the plot is a powerful computer program, aimed at rooting out hypocrisy among politicians to expose their truths . . . and ours. Left to unravel the conspiracy is a bitter, hotheaded former journalist, but he’s just not sure he cares enough to get to the bottom of it.

Sounds like a lot of plot and character to tackle in a short story, but Richtel does it. Floodgate delivers everything you expect from a great thriller–in a fraction of the time. As in his novel Devil’s Plaything, this story is about science/technology and society–no laboratories or killer viruses here. Download Floodgate to your favorite portable device, lay off the Angry Birds for a while, and enjoy a great short read.

FCC disclaimer: A free digital copy of this book was given to me for review. As always, I made no guarantee that I would read the book or post a positive review.

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