A thriller that is so cool it will give you shivers...
The Banjo Player is a conspiracy thriller set amongst the big players in Oil, Finance and Politics. The global financial crisis in recent years has provided writers with plenty of material with which to craft pertinent fiction, and The Banjo Player is no different and one could easily write off this novel as “yet another post 2007 conspiracy novel”. Thankfully, the author goes beyond the obvious and whisks us along into the heart-stopping and deeply paranoid world of Geopolitics, the new religion (Environmentalism) and why IT nerds will rule the world.
Immediately prior to the economic meltdown, a key Wall Street player abruptly ups, liquidates his assets, gives the majority to various charities and disappears into the relative anonymity of South Africa. His apparent drowning accident sparks off a series of events that lead to an encrypted email being sent to Kimberley Piper, a “no one” in the grand scheme of things. Meanwhile, analyst, Michael Pullman is anxious that his estranged son, Zac, gets on board his latest project. An IT genius and certifiably gorgeous, Zac is straight out of a James Bond novel, which we like… a lot. Zac knows his way around the invisible web that ties us all together; he also knows how to become a ghost in the system. His job is to keep Kimberly Piper safe and crack the video message. The only trouble is there are obscurely powerful individuals who would rather he didn’t succeed.
Like all good thrillers, The Banjo Player picks up the pace as it goes along. That said, initially it is like wading through treacle: not altogether unpleasant, but frustrating. The meticulous detail to the IT elements of the novel is likely to turn off technophobes – the rest of us will whistle between our teeth in amazement. What Yarney achieves is a spectacularly intricate and fundamentally disturbing. The essence of The Banjo Player is the proposition that a handful of men control the globe. That’s quite a statement, but worryingly not entirely unlikely.
It may have taken us a while to warm to the story, but once we did we were hooked. The term “Süber” could well take off, so remember Yarney came up with it first. And if you don’t know what “Süber” means: you’ll just have to read the book.
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- 10 January 2012