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As a random, free download, on Kindle, I really wasn't sure what to expect from this. I'd heard of neither the Virex series, nor of Eric Brown before, but I was going through a phase of eagerly downloading anything free and vaguely science-fictiony. Consequently, I ended up on holiday with a Kindle full of books that I couldn't have told apart in a line-up. Luckily I had a friend's daughter there to choose the next book for me, through the power of a complicated rhyme and paging through the list...
reviews.metaphorosis.com 3 starsThe junior partner in a detective agency, Halliday follows up on a new missing persons case that turns out to be far more complicated and serious than it seems. As he follows the leads in a near-future New York City, more and more his nearest and dearest get involved, and the stakes get higher and higher.Have patience with this book; try to get at least a few chapters in. After that, it's not bad. Those first few chapters, though, are a very tough read. If I hadn'...
Classic Eric Brown. A frayed at the seams detective hired to find a missing lover, which turns into a much more complicated and far reaching case. Set in a 2040's New York this is a futuristic cyber-punk, crime-noir thriller, and once you get through the first few chapters (which are slow going as they set the scene), the book is one that is hard to put down.This is the 8th or 9th Eric Brown book I've read (most of which is pure SF), and he's yet to disappoint me.This is the first of a trilogy,
Asi budu za blázna, ale mě se kniha líbila bez výhrad od začátku do konce. Letos čtu jen samé sci-fi a tohle namíchání s detektivkou je pro mě skvělé osvěžení. Nechybělo mi napětí, nečekané zvraty, trocha hraní si s emocemi čtenáře a to vše okořeněné virtuální realitou či počítačovým programem ovládající celý New York budoucnosti. Proč ne?
'2040. New York is crowded with the lost. Refugees from the radioactive eastern seaboard, the splintered remains of a society in freefall, walk the streets and spend their last dollars on an hour snatched in one of the new Virtual Reality paradises.In a society bent on escape, Missing Persons is a good business to be in. If nothing else it keeps Hal Halliday busy enough to avoid his past.But the past is not so easy to escape.NEW YORK NIGHTS is a fast moving yet thought-provoking SF thriller. It
The setting was interesting. Far enough into the future that things were noticeably different but not so far that it wasn't possible to see how we might end up there. The plot was less so. It was was mostly straightforward. Most people were what they seemed to be.The main character, Hal, was a classic Everyman. Not particularly articulate, but no more tongue-tied with the people in his life than many of us are. About as likely as the average person to freeze in a crisis. Also, he found it about
An AI goes hostile, escapes onto the net, takes over several humans, but is then captured (dramatically), and finally investigated, by the same people who were dumb enough to create it in the first place and let it escape. ummm. All set in a dystopian New York of 2040 (anyone old enough to remember when the future was a better place?). Not bad, but a tad wordy. I don't think that I will be re-reading or reading the other two in the trilogy.
Primer libro en que aplico mi mueva política. Leo hasta la página 50 aprox, si no me gusta se cierra y bye. No time for bad reading. Too many pendings.Este no tenía gusto a nada.
Great read. Looking forward to the next two in the Virex series.