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It's December 1999, and computers around the globe start to freeze in an eerie countdown to the millennium. An FBI chief tracks down the computer virus to the ruins of an ancient Mayan city. If she can't figure out the virus's hidden code before January 1, the planet may face a power of apocalyptic proportions.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 23rd 2000 by Tor Books (first published 1999)
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Kristin Lundgren
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This book, although written for the millennium, still is a good book. Since we have a newly calculated doomsday theory ready for us this winter, I thought it would be fun to drag this one out of the box and read it. It was sparked by a 01.01.00 marketing campaign, but the author is good, and keeps it to strictly a computer/SF/Mayan thriller. As the millennium approaches, a computer virus starts attacking virtually all computers across the wold, shutting them down at the same time each night, sta ...more
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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So I was interested in this as a Retro/Throwback story to the Y2K issue back in 1999. The writing was rigid and stiff and had way too much code in it... even for a Code writer. The reader (for those interested) was one fo the worst narrators I ave ever listened to. I kept to the end because the story was compelling in its own right... mystery of a virus from space that is tied to the Ancient Mayans and how their math and binary line up was intriguing. As soon as it started to get good,
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Educational. It was a very interesting read, I learnt a lot about the Mayan culture which was fascinating. Although the book was about the turn of the millinuem, the insight into Mayan society and culture was a big part of the book. I liked how the book emphasizes the importance of our past, and the perservation of our history as our ancestors may have more knowledge to share than we expected.
The book dragged at times with a little too much technical information that I couldn't understand, parti
Shari Scott
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay this one was tough. I loved the storyline taking place in Guatemala, but truly had to skim over the advanced computer descriptions and numerical explanations. The Mayan civilization has always fascinated me, and the same goes for archaeology, so it was very much as if I was reading two books at the same time...a text book and an adventure. Don't let the date discourage you from reading this is a good story regardless.
Jul 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
About a techie FBI agent who takes on a case involving what seems to be the computer network virus of the millennium. The technology covered is very believable and the story takes a few neat turns, but overall, it ended up seeming like a subtle new age religion work.
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
starts a little weird, but it gets pretty decent. It's too bad I didn't read it when the millenium actually came, since it would have added a bit more exciement to the whole premise. It gave me 5 seconds of hope for the human race at the end.
Sep 12, 2007 rated it did not like it
I officially give up on this 12 years later.

Especially since I haven't owned this book for quite some time.
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R.J. Piñeiro is an 22-year veteran of the computer industry, where he works on leading-edge microprocessors. He is the author of several internationally-acclaimed novels, including, Firewall, Cyberterror, Shutdown, Breakthrough, Exposure, and Ultimatum, as well as the millennium thrillers, 01-01-00 and Y2K. His new novel, HAVOC, will be published in December of 2005. R.J. Pineiro wa ...more
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