While we were in Ireland, I picked up a book called The Dark River, by John Twelve Hawks. Actually the second book in a planned trilogy, I thought TDR was pretty good. I found the first book in the trilogy, The Traveler, as we were waiting in the Dublin airport to leave.
When it first came out in 2005, TT received a pretty glowing review in the New York Times, unusual for genre fiction. If that's what TT is - I'm not sure. Part Neuromancer, part The Matrix, part George Orwell, part Tom Clancy, The Traveler doesn't fit easily into a genre.
Both TT and TDR are reasonably well written, interesting books that depend a lot on the "sticking it to the man" point of view, although they raise interesting questions about the use of technology by the government and the appropriate place for technology in our lives. The books are worth reading & I'll plan on reading the last book in the trilogy when it's available. I'll leave the readers to decide if Twelve Hawks' anonymity is hype or if it even matters - a book's message should stand on its own.
It's probably worth reading Vernor Vinge's True Names first if you haven't already.