The book gets off to a rocky start. It covers one scene at the office before jumping into a flashback, before returning to the office at a different time. Whether before or after I can’t tell, and even after reading the whole book I still can’t figure out that first scene’s chronological placement. At least it isn’t important. After this, it has several more flashbacks of backstory from different times in the main character’s (Walker’s) life, not necessarily in order.
Finally, after introducing the characters and the high-stress world of derivatives trading, people get killed. This sends Walker running and hiding across Europe with a woman he knows nothing about except that she once worked for the very people who are chasing him. As more of her criminal past and true allegiances are revealed, they gradually fall in love. Then some other stuff happens and the two of them find that the only organization powerful enough to protect their lives and keep the computer program Deep Omega from falling into corrupt hands is a cyberterror group that wants to bring the whole financial system down.
Deep Omega seems to be something of an oracle that scans databases and notices patterns that predict economic and even political behavior. In this way, it reminds me of Isaac Asimov’s psychohistory (in his Foundation Series). It can also be used to find information on people. However, the book does not dwell on this so much as it does the chase.
The writing is good enough, but there was nothing particularly original or emotionally compelling for me personally. It was a good action book.