In “The Fear Index”, his latest thriller, Robert Harris looks like taking over the mantle of the late Michael Crichton. Not in his subject matter, but in the concept of taking a subject (the use of ultra-advanced technology in high finance) and distilling it into a book that manages to be both entertaining and informative.
The books tells the story of Dr. Alex Hoffman, a brilliant physicist who devises a software programme that can make obscene amounts of money on the stock markets. He then gets attacked. I won’t go into further details, as the plot starts almost immediately with the incident relevant to the rest of the story, other than to say that Harris has written a thoughtful yet entertaining story with plenty of twists and drama.
I listened to the unabridged version on my iPod, and it was a very pleasant way of getting through the modern aggro that is air travel. A good “read”.