Summary

Hollis Henry worked for the global marketing magnate Hubertus Bigend once before. She never meant to repeat the experience. But she's broke, and Bigend never feels it's beneath him to use whatever power comes his way - in this case, the power of money to bring Hollis onto his team again. Not that she knows what the "team" is up to - not at first.
Milgrim is even more thoroughly owned by Bigend. He's worth owning for his useful gift of seeming to disappear in almost any setting, and his Russian is perfectly idiomatic - so much so that he spoke Russian with his therapist in the secret Swiss clinic where Bigend paid for him to be cured of the addiction that would have killed him.
Garreth has a passion for extreme sports. Most recently he jumped off the highest building in the world, opening his chute at the last moment. He has a new thighbone made of rattan baked into bone - entirely experimental - to show for it. Garreth isn't owned by Bigend at all. Garreth has friends from whom he can call in the kinds of favours that a man like Bigend finds he needs when things go unexpectedly sideways in a world a man like Bigend is accustomed to controlling.
This is the case when a Department of Defence contract for combat-wear turns out to be the gateway drug for arms dealers so shadowy that even Bigend, whose subtlety and power in the private sector would be hard to overstate, finds himself outmanoeuvred and adrift in a seriously dangerous world.
©2012 William Gibson (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Edg on 08-01-16

Very enjoyable conclusion to Blue Ant series

What made the experience of listening to Zero History the most enjoyable?

Less futuristic or dystopian than his pervious novels, this book is a form of contemporary thriller, but as Gibson himself says for any reader "who's about to get on a 12hr flight and buys a copy Zero History expecting Clancy, they're going to be very, very disappointed" Slightly biased possibly as I work in the field Gibson describes in this book, I'm struck how he maintains an uncanny knack throughout the Blue Ant series to so accurately caricature the authentic essence of the dysfunctional and sometimes sinisterly powerful creative industries in a loosely charming way and with classic Gibson-esque prose and style found in his previous books.Once your used to Robertson Dean's voice-it took some getting used to in the last book (Spook Country)- you realise h'e the best man for the job. Really enjoyable, beautifully written and a decent length.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Just on 27-04-18

Damn near perfect!

Where does Zero History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. Seriously.

What did you like best about this story?

The writing; William Gibson's prose is usually great and this is no exception.

Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favourite?

Heidi Hyde.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yeah, but I'd not spoil that for you.

Any additional comments?

The final book in the Blue Ant trilogy, Zero History is quite excellent. Cleverly, the main focus of this book is the minor plot threads from the first two novels, and it feels perfectly natural. Can be read as a stand alone, though you will get so much more out of the rich story if you're familiar with Pattern Recognition and Spook Country. 10/10

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5 out of 5 stars
By Roy on 19-09-15

Quality from a Master Story Teller

Great story and interesting insights into the world's of fashion and advertising. The near future allows familiarity but room for a few gadgets.

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