TL;DR: Usable, but glaring bits of laziness detract from what could have been a better product.
The Good: Straightforward to use, many useful d100 tables, very up-to-the-times "modern" (unlike many d20 Modern publications from the early 2000s that still have modems as a separate item), I like the mention of SpaceX.
The Bad: Generic, uninspiring, needless b&w pics of modern citiscapes under the section headers inflating filespace - Also, would it have killed the authors to alphabetize the lists for ease of reference?
The Ugly: I love me some random tables for procedurally-generated content - That said, the content populating said tables by definition needs to be one of variety. Sadly, this was not the case in much of this book, especially at the beginning -
The 1st table in the book is "Mission (adventure) hooks" - Many of these are quite detailed & interesting, such as
"62 - A bloodsoaked laptop found on a street in Bogota had fingerprints from a missing RAW (Research and Analysis Wing, India) agent on it - A DNA test on the blood hasn’t been done yet and the computer has a hard drive password."
And even ones you don't use directly as mission hooks can be "background news chatter" to flavor the world with.
Unfortunately, if you thought all of them would be an intriguing premise for your group's own Mission: impossible action-fest, you'd be sadly mistaken.
A full seven of the so-called "mission hooks" are literally "An [Agency] agent requested a meeting in [City].
20 - An ISI agent requested a meeting in Phnom Penh.
21 - A former CIA officer has requested a covert meeting in Addis Ababa.
24 - An NSA agent has requested a covert meeting in Reykjavík.
25 - 26 - A Mossad agent has requested a covert meeting Bangkok.
50 - A CIA agent requested a covert meeting in Miami.
51 - A CIA agent requested a covert meeting in Mexico City.
84 - An FBI agent requested a meeting in Denver.
Three missing submarines:
3 - The US Navy lost contact with a submarine in the Indian Ocean - A search is underway.
39 - A Russian submarine has gone rogue and was last known to be heading toward the American west coast.
69 - All contact was lost with a French submarine in the North Atlantic.
5 - A film crew disappeared in Azerbaijan.
16 - A Belgian diplomat disappeared in Rio Janeiro.
17 - A Czech heiress disappeared while attending a polo match in Lisbon.
27 - A US computer scientist disappeared while on vacation in Spain.
30 - A corporate lawyer disappeared in Berlin.
31 - A journalist disappeared in Uzbekistan.
33 - The CEO of a tech startup with a US defense contract disappeared in Bali.
42 - A famed scholar disappeared in northern India.
60 - An American businesswoman disappeared in Beijing.
63 - A former KGB officer and defector living quietly in France disappeared on a trip to Paris.
66 - A Chinese scientist disappeared in Ulaanbaatar.
72 - A Jane’s consultant disappeared in Algiers.
79 - A plane carrying a US Senator disappeared over the Amazon.
82 - A Hungarian geneticist disappeared while attending a symposium in China.
85 - A humanitarian aid convoy has disappeared in South Sudan.
89 - A journalist working on a story about a Russian oligarch disappeared in Washington DC.
90 - A group of US thrillseekers disappeared along the Nepal-Chinese border.
96 - An FBI agent disappeared in San Diego.
Seven [Dude] wanted for [crime] is spotted in [place]
1 - A Russian oligarch wanted for murder was possibly sighted in London.
9 - An African warlord wanted for human rights crimes is believed to be on a yacht off the shore of Mauritania.
14 - A suspected terrorist bombmaker was spotted in Lagos.
22 - An African warlord wanted for war crimes was reportedly seen in Paris.
25 - An individual with terrorist ties was spotted on surveillance footage at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport - The FBI issued an arrest warrant.
29 - A drug cartel leader wanted for numerous crimes was spotted in Lima.
75 - A Russian mercenary wanted for crimes in the EU is believed to be hiding in Tashkent.
When I buy a book of random tables, I want the content written by a human w/ imagination, not someone lazily cranking out generic mission premises from one of the other "mission-generators" out there.
Moving on to "Random Encounters", this table is all over the place, from nation/world-shaking calamities to daily things so insignificant they wouldn't make the tiniest local paper - Aaand the laziness continues with having a specific, more interesting version of an encounter, & then a generic one to fill out the table b/c the author apparently ran out of ideas:
18 - Hostage situation at a bank
66 - Bank robbery
32 - Tourists stumble onto an armored car robbery
87 - Armored car robbery
14 - Woman in labor stuck in an elevator
88 - People stuck in an elevator
53 - Strangely dressed man yelling, “What year is this?”
79 - Confused man wandering the streets
And finally, we come to "Items in a Car", in which the laziness reaches an unbearable crescendo, after which it thankfully ceases (almost):
1 - Books (3)
3 - Book
20 - Book
44 - Book
4 - Quarters (3)
33 - Quarters (7)
12 - Nickels (78)
56 - Nickels (17)
25 - Dimes (12)
52 - Dimes (87)
63 - Medication
91 - Medication
66 - Ten dollar bills (3)
67 - Ten dollar bills (1)
70 - Pennies (167)
86 - Pennies (42)
As if the same item redundantly listed in different quantities wasn't bad enough (serious case of "not knowing your audience", as anyone who can roll a d100 will obviously have access to other dice & you could have easily written a dice-roll notation behind listing the item once, such as "Books (1d4)", the literal copy-paste of the same item over & over & pretending it's a "1d100 list" to sell to us is absolutely inexcusabe & whichever of the authors wrote this part should feel bad about it, re-write the lazy parts and issue an updated version at no cost to those of us who already purchase the book.
Oh yeah, and then when we get down to the "governement agencies" lists, whether or not the agencies have an abbreviation listed seems entirely arbitrary, as if the authors couldn't bother to take the 5 seconds to look up "Citizenship and Immigration Services" (USCIS) or "Office of the Director of National Intelligence" (ODNI) -