First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer

August 26, 2014 Fiction 14

First Chapter First Paragraph

Every Tuesday, fellow blogger Bibliophile By the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where bloggers share the first paragraph of the book they are currently reading or thinking about reading soon.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, David Shafer, science fiction


Plot Summary from Amazon
Three young adults grapple with the usual thirty-something problems–boredom, authenticity, an omnipotent online oligarchy–in David Shafer’s darkly comic debut novel.

The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, is on the verge of privatizing all information. Dear Diary, an idealistic online Underground, stands in the way of that takeover, using radical politics, classic spycraft, and technology that makes Big Data look like dial-up. Into this secret battle stumbles an unlikely trio: Leila Majnoun, a disillusioned non-profit worker; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee.
Leo and Mark were best friends in college, but early adulthood has set them on diverging paths. Growing increasingly disdainful of Mark’s platitudes, Leo publishes a withering takedown of his ideas online. But the Committee is reading–and erasing–Leo’s words. On the other side of the world, Leila’s discoveries about the Committee’s far-reaching ambitions threaten to ruin those who are closest to her.

Here’s the first paragraph:

Mandalay, Myanmar

The little room was so hot that Leila tried not to move inside her clothing. She’d chosen the plain tan shirt with the piping on the pocket because bureaucrats are swayed by even the smallest impression of martial authority. Ditto the shiny black shoes. But the lady who took in Leila’s laundry had really gone to town on the shirt, and the result was like a suit of armor made from shopping bags. Leila could feel a line of sweat trickle south down her back. A large beetle somehow injured buzzed and rattled in a corner of the stifling room.

It had been nearly two hours since one of Colonel Zeya’s underlings had instructed her to “wait here, someone will come for you!” “You please must not leave this room!”

What do you think? Would you keep reading? Stay tuned for my full review…

14 Responses to “First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer”

  1. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea

    This one is totally new to me and the intro pulled me enough to make me want a bit more. Hope it’s a good one Sarah,

  2. Literary Feline

    Two hours of waiting . . . I hope her wait is worth it! I would keep reading. I like the author’s way with description and I’m curious about the title of the book. It’s one I’ve seen mentioned before, but haven’t paid close attention to.

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