Review: Codename Prague

D. Harlan Wilson has a vision of our future.  It’s a place where life and death mean nothing in the face of science and entertainment.  It’s a place where culture and media are so advanced as to be profoundly stupid.  A place where society and technology have mutated beyond our wildest nightmares.  It’s the same world as Wilson’s previous “scikungfi” novel, Dr. Identity, but this weird world is so gigantic and diverse that the two stories have little in common.  It’s the vision that’s the same.

Codename Prague is a spy story about the greatest agent living in this world, Vincent “Codename” Prague.  He’s such a great secret agent that he’s completely famous, thus negating the need for secrecy.  And since this is a spy story, he has to be sent on a dangerous mission, and so it is that Prague is sent via transcontinental slingshot to the city of Prague and surrounded by people also named Prague.  As if that weren’t absurd enough, the mission itself is to basically see what happens.  It’s an ultra-important assignment that exposes Codename Prague to high levels of danger, systematic torture, revolting levels of bureaucracy, and a potential arch-nemesis in the form of a mad scientist with a newborn monster.

Wilson’s writing doesn’t just have a grasp of language.  It has a death grip on it, and combined with his ideas of future society, what you’re left with is an action packed skewering of culture, capitalism, and technology.   There’s a futuristic rendition of “Cats”.  There are fight scenes with Bruce Lee clones.  Hell, there are clones of EVERYBODY.  Like all of Wilson’s fiction, this one’s a trippy exercise in strangeness and style, written by a sociopath who’s read a metric ton of cyberpunk.  It’s an amusement park of ultraviolent insanity that, much like the ideas behind cyberpunk, might just come true someday.

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One Response to “Review: Codename Prague”

  1. I look forward to reading this one because I liked Dr. identity so much. Thanks for reminding me of it!

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