Coincidence Engine by Sam Leith

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A hurricane sweeps off the Gulf of Mexico and in, the back-country of Alabama, assembles a passenger jet out of old bean-cans and junkyard waste. An eccentric mathematician - last heard of investigating the physics of free will and ranting about the devil - vanishes in the French Pyrenees. And the thuggish operatives of a multinational arms conglomerate are closing in on Alex Smart - a harmless Cambridge postgraduate who has set off with hope in his heart and a ring in his pocket to ask his American girlfriend to marry him.At the Directorate of the Extremely Improbable - an organisation so secret that many of its operatives aren't 100 per cent sure it exists -- Red Queen takes an interest. What ensues is a chaotic chase across an imaginary America, haunted by madness, murder, mistaken identity, and a very large number of unhealthy but delicious snacks. The Coincidence Engine exists. And it has started to work.The Coincidence Engine is consistently engaging - one of the most enjoyable, entertaining debut novels you'll come across for ages.
 

About Sam Leith

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Sam Leith is a former literary editor of the Daily Telegraph, and contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal, Prospect, Guardian, Evening Standard and Spectator. He is the author of a novel, The Coincidence Engine as well as two works of non-fiction. He lives in London.
 
Published April 4, 2011 by Bloomsbury Publishing. 289 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“This produces results that we generally can’t recognize as results, and when we can recognize them as results, we don’t know how to interpret them.” We also get a satisfying back story about the engine’s mad creator, Nicolas Banacharski, who is loosely based on the reclusive mathematician Alexan...

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The Coincidence Engine by Sam Leith Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop The first novel from a former literary editor of the Daily Telegr...

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From The X-Files to The Men Who Stare at Goats, the weird fringe of America's intelligence agencies – those top-secret departments that keep tabs on aliens and optimistically conduct warfare using parapsychology – exerts an enduring fascination in popular culture.

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Two shadowy agencies — the Directorate of the Extremely Improbable and MIC Industrial Futures — track the movement of improbability west across the United States and send out agents to find a Cambridge math student named Alex Smart, who has no idea that he has the “engine” and no idea he’s being ...

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There’s a man ‘whose Adam’s apple bobbed up and down his neck like a fisherman’s float after a motorboat has passed’ and a description of Las Vegas as a place someone might have dreamed up ‘after falling asleep with the central heating on too high and a belly full of Stilton’.

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