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Agents of the Internet Apocalypse

Agents of the Internet Apocalypse

A Novel

The Internet Apocalypse Trilogy (Volume 2)

Wayne Gladstone

Thomas Dunne Books

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Gladstone, the so-called "Internet Messiah," has not only failed to bring back the Web, but his search has landed him in a New York City psychiatric ward. The rest of the world isn't doing so well either, filled with disconnected Internet users still jonesing for a fix, and an increasingly draconian Government, interrogating and detaining anyone deemed a "person of interest" under the NET Recovery Act.

For Gladstone, however, finding the Net is less important than heading to Los Angeles to win back his ex-wife. He takes up residence on the couch of his old friend, gossip-blogger Tobey, while trying to rebuild his lost romance. But when Gladstone's old journal account of the Internet Apocalypse goes "paper viral," his newfound celebrity puts him at the forefront of the Internet Reclamation Movement. Soon he is a target for shadowy government agents, and a reluctant collaborator with Anonymous who provides a clue that promises to explain the Internet's disappearance.

Full of funny yet cutting social commentary, Agents of the Internet Apocalypse continues the trilogy that imagines a dystopian world without the Web.

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Praise for Agents of the Internet Apocalypse

“With his sharp wit and Googlesque knowledge of the Web, Gladstone lays bare the ways viral communication has become the infrastructure of our economic and cultural identity….At its core, Notes from the Internet Apocalypse is a love story...it will break your heart.” —The Washington Post

“The punchlines are pitch-perfect. Anyone who spends time sharing jokes in web communities will find this satire irresistible. ” —Booklist on Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

“A belly-laugh account.” —Toronto Star on Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

“An acid cultural satire that skewers what we would miss most about the online world.” —Kirkus Reviews on Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

“An amusing but thoughtful look at what might happen to our culture if the World Wide Web went down for good.” —FantasyLiterature.com on Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

“An oddly heartfelt journey through the wasteland of a techno-collapse. Gladstone takes an admittedly far-fetched and off-putting story idea and breathes startling life into it. He gambles here, but he wins. Give it a read.” —Patton Oswalt on Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

“This is satire in its purest form: an exaggerated, filthy and ridiculous world - which happens to be exactly the world we live in. Gladstone has conceived and successfully executed a clever thought experiment that illustrates just how crazy the Internet has made all of us. Witty, profane and entertain… More…

“With his sharp wit and Googlesque knowledge of the Web, Gladstone lays bare the ways viral communication has become the infrastructure of our economic and cultural identity….At its core, Notes from the Internet Apocalypse is a love story...it will break your heart.” —The Washington Post

“The punchlines are pitch-perfect. Anyone who spends time sharing jokes in web communities will find this satire irresistible. ” —Booklist on Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

“A belly-laugh account.” —Toronto Star on Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

“An acid cultural satire that skewers what we would miss most about the online world.” —Kirkus Reviews on Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

“An amusing but thoughtful look at what might happen to our culture if the World Wide Web went down for good.” —FantasyLiterature.com on Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

“An oddly heartfelt journey through the wasteland of a techno-collapse. Gladstone takes an admittedly far-fetched and off-putting story idea and breathes startling life into it. He gambles here, but he wins. Give it a read.” —Patton Oswalt on Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

“This is satire in its purest form: an exaggerated, filthy and ridiculous world - which happens to be exactly the world we live in. Gladstone has conceived and successfully executed a clever thought experiment that illustrates just how crazy the Internet has made all of us. Witty, profane and entertaining.” —Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, on Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

“Wayne Gladstone's satire is a high-concept page-turner brimming with LOL-worthy one-liners and observations about the web-addicted zombies we've become and the price we've paid for our sins. The best way to sum up the reading experience would be an emoticon that has yet to be invented.” —Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, on Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

“Gladstone's novel makes it clear that losing the Internet would indeed be apocalyptic, but it would also be funny, thrilling, and would perhaps be necessary to remind us of who we really are.” —John Warner, Editor-at-Large of McSweeney's Internet Tendency and author of The Funny Man, on Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

“A story whose humor is matched by its insight into technology's effect on our relationships. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll beg your Internet provider to never leave you.” —Frank Lesser, writer for The Colbert Report and author of Sad Monsters, on Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

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Wayne Gladstone

WAYNE GLADSTONE is a longtime columnist for Cracked.com. He is the creator and star of the Hate by Numbers online video series. He is the author of Notes from the Internet Apocalypse and his writing has appeared on McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Comedy Central's Indecision, and in the collections You Might Be A Zombie and Other Bad News and The McSweeney's Joke Book of Book Jokes. He lives in New York.

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