Monday, July 9, 2012

Ghost In the Machine - by Dean Giles Interesting speculative fiction

4 of 5 Stars

A very nice Novelette  from the world of "What if?"

The concept of being a Ghost In the Machine goes back a ways, even before that's what it was called.  I'm thinking, the movie, Tron is an excellent example.

In this story, Dexter Newman, is a working man with a passion for gaming in his off hours.  His game room is pretty sweet and he's taken to a drug called DEEP to enhance his VR (Virtual Reality) experience.

Lately, his job performance has been suffering, ever since his family disappeared.  Eight weeks earlier, his wife and children just took off and Dexter's been beside himself trying to find them ever since.

He's heard of a new method of going deeper into the cyber-world that might allow him to effectively track down his family.  It's called APEX.  Dangerous as the procedure might be, Dexter goes for it and gets much more than he expects.

It's difficult to go more into the story without spoilers, but let me just say, I was pleasantly surprised with where the author took me on this one.  A quick and enjoyable read.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review, Frank. If you are interested in taking up my offer of a free ebook for a Facebook ‘Like’ you can find the instructions here: