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The Cobweb

Stephen Bury, Author Bantam Books $12.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-553-37828-3

Several months prior to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, when Iraq was still seen as an American ally against Iran, low-level CIA analyst Betsy Vandeventer steps outside her bureaucratic territory in a meeting by observing that the Iraqis might be misusing $300 million in U.S. agricultural aid to develop biological weapons. Betsy's theory throws a wrench in the long-developed foreign policy plans of high-level diplomat James Millikan, who deals with it by creating committees to study the problem, i.e., he ""cobwebs"" it. Meanwhile, a small-town sheriff in Iowa begins to stumble across the possibility that local Jordanian students are actually Iraqis in disguise, sent by Saddam to develop a dangerous germ-warfare weapon where his enemies would least expect it--at a small Midwestern college. Another bureaucrat, this time an academic determined to advance his career by a steady flow of grant funds and foreign-exchange students, makes the undercover enterprise easier. Bury (Interface) is at his best creating an elegant, sophisticated portrait of Washington. His capital is not a place of action and suspense so much as a more realistic place of intragovernmental turf wars and bureaucratic stalemate. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 07/29/1996
Release date: 08/01/1996
Genre: Fiction

Mass Market Paperbound - 448 pages - 978-0-553-57545-3

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The Cobweb

From his triumphant debut with Snow Crash to the stunning success of his latest novel, Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson has quickly become the voice of a generation. In this now-classic political thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a savagely witty, chillingly topical tale set in the tense moments of the Gulf War.

When a foreign exchange student is found mFrom his triumphant debut with Snow Crash to the stunning success of his latest novel, Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson has quickly become the voice of a generation. In this now-classic political thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a savagely witty, chillingly topical tale set in the tense moments of the Gulf War.

When a foreign exchange student is found murdered at an Iowa University, Deputy Sheriff Clyde Banks finds that his investigation extends far beyond the small college town--all the way to the Middle East. Shady events at the school reveal that a powerful department is using federal grant money for highly dubious research. And what it's producing is a very nasty bug.

Navigating a plot that leads from his own backyard to Washington, D.C., to the Gulf, where his Army Reservist wife has been called to duty, Banks realizes he may be the only person who can stop the wholesale slaughtering of thousands of Americans. It's a lesson in foreign policy he'll never forget....more

Paperback, 448 pages

Published May 31st 2005 by Spectra Books (first published 1996)

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The Cobweb

Paperback Editions

January 2000 : UK Paperback

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Title: Cobweb
Author(s): Frederick George, Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 0-09-947885-4 / 978-0-09-947885-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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May 2005 : USA Paperback

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Title: The Cobweb: A Novel
Author(s): Neal Stephenson, J Frederick George
ISBN: 0-553-38344-2 / 978-0-553-38344-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Spectra
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April 1998 : UK Paperback

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Title: Cobweb
Author(s): Stephen Bury
ISBN: 0-14-027183-X / 978-0-14-027183-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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August 1997 : USA Paperback

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Title: The Cobweb
Author(s): Stephen Bury
ISBN: 0-553-57545-7 / 978-0-553-57545-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam USA
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August 1996 : USA Paperback

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Title: The Cobweb
Author(s): Stephen Bury
ISBN: 0-553-37828-7 / 978-0-553-37828-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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Audio Editions

May 2010 : USA Audio edition

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Title: The Cobweb
Author(s): Neal Stephenson, J Frederick George
Publisher: Audible Studios
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May 2010 : Australia Audio edition

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Title: The Cobweb
Author(s): Neal Stephenson, J Frederick George
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May 2010 : Canada Audio edition

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Title: The Cobweb
Author(s): Neal Stephenson, J Frederick George
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May 2010 : UK Audio edition

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Title: The Cobweb
Author(s): Neal Stephenson, J Frederick George
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

May 2005 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

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Title: The Cobweb: A Novel
Author(s): Neal Stephenson, J Frederick George
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The Cobweb (novel)

The Cobweb is a 1996 novel written by Neal Stephenson with J. Frederick George, a pseudonym for Stephenson's uncle, historian George Jewsbury. It was originally published under the collective pseudonym "Stephen Bury", as was their earlier novel Interface (1994).

The novel is set in the fictional Iowa twin towns of Wapsipinicon-Nishnabotna, named for the Wapsipinicon and Nishnabotna rivers. In many important respects, this town resembles Ames, Iowa, where Stephenson attended Ames High School.

Plot[edit]

When Clyde Banks, an Iowan Deputy with a newborn baby and a wife in the first Gulf War, starts looking into odd events in his town, he discovers a plot involving a new Triangle Trade of terrorists, biological warfare, and training. Mixing the events staged in Washington, D.C. and those happening in the Gulf, a strange thread of deceit appears to be winding its way back to Iowa. Although fictional in its narrative, the story includes appearances by Tariq Aziz and George H. W. Bush.

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