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01-01-00 : a novel of the Millennium
Pineiro, R. J.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, [1999]

Physical Description:
320 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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An unstoppable computer virus opens the door to an ancient Mayan prophesy as the clock ticks down to 2000. Someone with the world's technology at his fingertips is counting down to the new millennium--but why?

Author Notes

R. J. Pineiro, R. J. Pineiro was born in Havana, Cuba and grew up in El Salvador. He came to the United States to pursue higher education. He earned his degree in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University. He also holds a second degree black belt in the martial arts and is a licensed pilot and firearm enthusiast.

Pineiro has worked in the computer industry for 17 years, working on leading edge microprocessors. He has written several techno-thrillers including, "Ultimatum," "Breakthrough," and "Y2K."

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A couple of things distinguish this Y2K thriller from its competitors. First: the novel is being merchandised with a copyrighted millennium logo on the title page, opening various cross-marketing possibilities (a frightening trend for the next century). The second difference between this novel and many other turn-of-the-millennium thrillers--of which there are already plenty--is its clever construction. What begins as a "computer thriller" --an FBI computer expert races to figure out who's been causing computers around the world to shut down for a certain length of time each day--turns, rather abruptly, into a sort of Indiana Jones meets Chariots of the Gods adventure, as our heroes find themselves tramping through a South American jungle in pursuit, or so it seems, of some ancient Mayans. It's all quite smart, well executed, and colorful, with engaging characters and (mostly) vivid dialogue. While most writers are cobbling together Y2K thrillers out of prefabricated bits and pieces, Pineiro has created something genuinely original and thoroughly entertaining. --David Pitt

Publisher's Weekly Review

Twenty days remain until the year 2000 and the activation of the infamous Y2K bug. Suddenly, an incredibly complex, global computer virus begins a countdown to the millennium, shutting down machines for the number of seconds equal to the number of days left until January 1, 2000. Add a mix of torturing terrorists and ancient prophesies, and what you get is Pineiro's (Breakthrough) enticing new novel, almost guaranteed to add more paranoia to the lives of the paranoid, yet, finally, to offer hope as well. Susan Garnett, chief of the FBI's high-tech crimes unit, whose family was recently killed in a hacker-induced car accident, is about to commit suicide. She is yanked back into the thick of life by the virus, which turns out to be linked to an extraterrestrial/Mayan mystery. Taking a cosmic approach to setting, the novel's omniscient narrator puts the Y2K countdown in perspective before zooming in on Susan, the expert Mayan archeologist who helps her, a SETI team whose search for alien life may be over and the terrorists who want to control the virus for their own ends. There is little chance of readers getting lost in the science of the book, as every aspect of it is explained, often using one character's ignorance to allow another to explain something. Paced at a steady rhythm, the narrative oscillates between the technical and the poetic. The proximity of the future predicted may shorten the shelf life of this work, but the paranoia and superstition surrounding the advent of Y2K should give it a vigorous, if brief, run. Agent, Matt Bialer at William Morris. (June) FYI: The marketing campaign for Pineiro's novel will tie in with the licensing program for Ken Walker's trademarked "01-01-00." (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A computer virus points to an ancient Mayan prophecy that may come true in the year 2000. There will be a tie-in with a huge merchandising campaign for numerous products featuring the trademarked 01-01-00. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.