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Fate's Mirror Paperback – July 13, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
I love it when a book's so good you can't put it down.
In his head and on the job, computer hacker Morris Payne is a swashbuckling, wisecracking and invincible pirate. And I do mean pirate. In reality, the man can't leave the house. He's afraid of wide-open spaces and subject to crippling panic attacks. But so what? He stays home where he has everything he will ever need. Well, the food has to be delivered.
Then while working with an ex-lover (yes, he used to get out and about a little more) on a secret government project to save the world, she is murdered and his house explodes. Morris has no choice but to seek help and shelter from the wide world outside his experience. He thinks someone is trying to kill him. He's half right.
This is a very good action/adventure science fiction entry into the territory first explored in NEUROMANCER all those decades ago. FATE'S MIRROR abounds with excitement, tension and mystery. Even if you don't read science fiction, this is a great adventure novel, thriller, and even a bit of a romance. The characters are appealing and it really is a page-turner.
I'm going to shut up right now and go see what else M.H. Mead has written. I bet I'll love it, too.
Oops. Hey you two, write more!
If you're looking for a technical sci-fi book set in a slightly dystopian future, you'll be pleased with this one.
As she tries to get him on his feet, avoiding legitimate authorities because of his hacker background, it becomes obvious that his home blowing up is the tip of the iceberg. Morris is being hunted, and he's not sure by whom: the immensely powerful NSA, or a trio of rogue artificial intelligences that escaped from the NSA, and now pattern themselves after the Greek Goddesses of fate.
I would loosely describe Fate's Mirror as "Urban Cyberpunk" or maybe "Romantic Cyberpunk." Action keeps the pace moving forward, the romantic interest between Adria and Morris is delicate and funny, and I was really liking how the authors built tension with Morris' tendency to have a puking-sick panic attack in a crunch. Morris is funny, sarcastic and defensive, and really vulnerable because of his panic attacks. The plot is full of twists that you wouldn't expect from either Urban Fantasy or a Romance. And Morris accesses his version of the internet with a virtual pirate ship, which means all his cyberattacks take the form of sea battles, which gives a weight to the intertubes action.
I think this is a good pick for most Urban Fantasy readers, possibly romance readers who like a lot action with their romance, and fans of cyberpunk who don't take themselves too seriously.
Let me start with the main character, Morris Payne - or Page - or Parish or any other identity he's manufactured in his life as a viker (a sup'd up hacker with worldwide cred). This guy plays the sleek and sassy anti-hero with a rather interesting twist; he's agoraphobic. In his virtual reality life, this doesn't pose much of a problem. But what happens when his house is blown-up using high-tech sabotage? Payne has to start using the real world, a place he's ill-equipped for.
The first part of this book shows Payne struggling to orient himself while he attempts to uncover what has happened to him. He enlists the help of an ofttimes cyber client to shelter him, but she becomes an ally in his attempt to discover his attempted assassinator. The story moves swiftly as other players enter the picture all with their attentions placed firmly on our friend, Morris Payne. Why is everyone interested in this super-hacker and why does someone want to kill him? Of course all is revealed as the story progresses and it wouldn't be too much of a surprise to learn that there's a conspiracy or two on a grand scale to give meaning to a seemingly random attack at the commencement of the story.
There's tech-speak throughout the story, but it reads as lingo rather than serious invitations to delve into the technology behind the story and as such it is easily digested. Again that style over substance philosophy helps the reader remain entertained rather than educated.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book! It was suspenseful and fast paced - started with a bang and kept going. I kept reading to the end with no complaints. Read morePublished 9 months ago by lovesdogs
Fate's Mirror is the story of a computer hacker who considers himself more than a hacker, he's a "viker. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Marilyn W. Lathrop
Very enjoyable. Lots of action. Like _On the Road to Bali, that Crosby, Hope, Lamour classic, it starts with a bang. Read morePublished on May 3, 2014 by Amazon Customer
While inoffensive, there isn't much to this book. Yet another attempt at the cyberpunk genre but so goofy that it was occasionally irritating. Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Occasional Shopper
Thoroughly enjoyed this novel and all the crazy characters. I read it straight through, which is very unusual. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Arco
I began reading this book without knowing anything about the story itself, and that got me past the initial neo-cyberpunk, sort of Neuromancer Updated. Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Deborah J. Ross
Filled with conspiracy, a little romance and some cool sci-fi that had me questioning humanity this was a fun read for me. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by kimbacaffeinate