Business is war Welcome to the era of the hypercorporation, business entities so sprawling and vast that they field private armies and buy entire nations outright. These corporate empires-from Zentek to Core-Mantis OmniGlobal to dataDyne-are constantly engaged in covert battles for market dominance, and the general public sees and knows nothing as they are used as pawns in this global chess game.
Joanna Dark, an operative of the Carrington Institute, has sworn to bring down the dataDyne Corporation, the largest, most pervasive hypercorp in the world. But Joanna's vengeance is personal: She holds dataDyne respon sible for the murder of her father and will do anything to see their collapse Returning from a field operation that turned bloody, she is exhausted, wounded, and in desperate need of downtime... but the murders of two prominent corporate officers have put the Carrington Institute on high alert Someone out there is single-handedly redefining the term "hostile takeover and has placed the Carrington Institute-and its enigmatic founder, Daniel Carrington-square in the gun sights of every hypercorp on the planet.
It appears that each murder has been carried out by none other than Joanna Dark.
In hopes of clearing her name, and the Carrington Institute, Joanna must battle ghosts from her past, high-tech mercenaries who want her dead and a killer who could be wearing anyone's face....
Second Front is a tie-in novel to the Perfect Dark video game series, featuring the character Joanna Dark. In this novel, Joanna is an operative of the Carrington Institute, a secret organization that opposes the dataDyne Corporation. The story follows Joanna as she tries to clear her name after being accused of murdering two corporate officers, while also battling her personal demons and high-tech mercenaries who want her dead.
The book explores themes of corporate warfare, personal vendettas, and high-tech espionage. It also provides additional backstory and depth to the character of Joanna Dark, as well as the world and lore of the Perfect Dark universe.
"Thank you Greg Rucka. Let me paint a picture for you people. You've had one of those unsatisfying work days... the kind that makes you want to "stick it to the man". Meet Joanna Dark, a bounty hunter for the 21st century mystery reader. Morelli who? This dame is Ranger on steroids. Rucka is for female what Crais is for kids. Nobody does it better. This is a femme the boys will lust after and the gals will cheer for and visa-versa. Kick-ass has a new pseudonym, it's perfect.” -Crime Spree
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