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NETfold: Aliens Science Fiction (Cyberpunk Adventure Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Gur Shomron
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Why waste time on Earth, when you have 24 times more time in the NET?

Life was good in the NET ”" the Earth-size virtual world”" until hackers opened a forbidden door and something alien sneaked in" ...

Welcome to the NET - an Earth-like virtual-world, where you surf in person and every Earth hour is a full NET day. A place where you can spend long hours preparing for a test, and lose only a few Earth minutes; or own a magnificent NET-estate, and entertain friends from all over Earth for a weekend - each of you would lose only a couple of Earth hours!

But strange phenomena begin to occur in the NET: Surfers suffer memory loss; NET facilities are attacked; and a hacker is kidnapped to a mysterious site named Hell!

Will Babel, the NET security unit, realize the real danger? Can fifteen-year-old Troy Bentley and his bio-computer and best friend, Flint, save the NET?

Gur Shomron is a successful high-tech entrepreneur and cyber-engineer who turned to writingSci-Fi. In NETfold, Gur has created a new world, where human abilities and achievements are magnified many fold.

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Illustration: Oren Someh
EBook Edition: Mendele Electronic Books Ltd.


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KIRKUS REVIEW July 2014:

In Shomron's sci-fi debut set in a virtual world known as the NET, a 15-year-old boy must combat users' connectionsbeing sabotaged as well as a possible alien invasion.
Troy Bentley, a well-known puzzle champ, is one of many surfers of the NET. Unfortunately, so is his supercomputer,Flint, who develops an anti-virus program that's more effective than Babel, the unit designed to protect the NET. Flint'sprogram is an anomaly, since it doesn't seem to derive its energy from the NET, prompting Babel to open aninvestigation... Meanwhile, Flint and Troy check out a time fold--a gap that'snot part of the NET--that Flint's discovered; there, they find what might be an abandoned civilization. But when they tryto close the opening they've created, they figure out that something, perhaps aliens, might have passed through. Shomronhas constructed a world that's deliciously complex but described in such a compact, coherent manner that readers mightnot realize how much info he's packed in. He clearly distinguishes the NET by referring to the real world as "Earth" andnoting the time discrepancy--every Earth hour is a full NET day. The endlessly fascinating virtual world was allowed todevelop on its own for millions of NET years; now, it's much like an alien planet, with its only city, Netville, surroundedby regions of dense jungles and strange creatures, such as a tree that attacks prey with its branches. The exhilarating,elaborate plot includes an attempted murder, a secret conspirator and a rogue group, Pira-net, working against NETauthorities...
A winsome cyberpunk adventure.

From the Back Cover

What's going on in the NET?
Just like any other teenager in the late 21st century, Troy Bentley spends hour after hour surfing the NET - an Earth-like virtual world, where you serf in person and every Earth hour is a full day.
But Troy is no ordinary 15-year-old: He has a secret life. He and his bio-computer and best friend, Flint, surf the NET illegally, looking for adventures in the Random Areas, where no one is allowed. And when they stumble upon a "wormhole" that shouldn't be there - a "fold" in the NET fabric - they can't resist opening it to see what is on the other side. 
The duo realizes too late the danger they have unleashed, but neither they nor the NET Security Unit hot on their heels, may be able to contain the terror that threatens the NET... and perhaps all life on Earth!

Product Details

  • File Size: 972 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mendele Electronic Books Ltd; kind_en1 edition (July 22, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006Z0KJLO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A realistic adventure awaits the reader! November 27, 2005
Format:Paperback
Book Review: "NETfold" by Gur Shomron

Heroines and heroes, real as one's everyday next-door neighbors, are gradually enticed into a virtual reality that seemingly fulfills all the needs they could imagine for themselves. In a modern-day metaphor, they discover that no utopian scenario ever lacks the flip-side of human nature - the competitive, destructive urge, at first only hinted at. Slowly, then with greater and greater urgency, the dark forces confronting the perfect cyber-world begin to tear that world apart.

This page-turner literally pulls the reader into its setting from the first paragraph, and one finds it hard to put the book down, as one climactic scene leads to the next. This is no story for nerds. It's a present-day parable not unlike Lord of the Rings, in which all the characters mirror folks you'd swear you'd met before in your own life. As a parable, it carries an unmistakable message. Finishing the book, one feels one hasn't just spent time with an action "thriller", but retains insight as regards meaning in life.

I know this saga will provide an unforgettable experience for you, and I relish the adventure that awaits you in its pages. Gur Shomron obviously has first hand technical background enabling creation of this virtual reality as well as awareness of human reality upon which this reality is played out in narrative.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Epic November 6, 2005
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I usually only read books written by my regular set of writers (Terry Pratchett, Orson Scott Card, etc...) but was running a bit low, so took a friends advice, and picked up a copy of NETfold. In the future I will be more open to change as while the premise of a virtual world has been visited in other books this incarnation is superb. The NET as portrayed in the story is futuristic, yet tangible enough to be right around our own corner. The characters are numerous but stand out as individuals and the story as a whole had me turning pages till the end.

A fascinating read and I will definitely be on the lookout for this writer's name to see what other masterpieces he produces. Alas, and now the long wait for a sequel...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tight story, logical characters October 28, 2006
Format:Paperback
Shomron's characters act logically. I love that.

I hate horror movies where people walk backwards. They act illogically. Did you even notice that one of the things that make a Steven King novel better that the other horror schlock is that the protagonists act logically? Well, that's one of many things that makes NETFold great.

The story is tight and fast-paced. You won't believe the amount of action that takes place over a 37-hour period. (Well, time passes in a funny way in the net...) The characters are well-developed by their actions, not by long description.

I read the book for myself, and now I am reading it with my 11-year-old daughter. She is fascinated by it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NETfold November 4, 2005
Format:Paperback
This is a great book! I enjoyed reading it and then re-reading it to my son who thought it was his favorite story. All of the elements are very well described and constructed: plot, characters, climax, suspense, and storytelling. The creation of several worlds, their cultures, and mores is compelling in the attraction of this book. The characaters are also very attractive and interesting. The world of the NET is quite imaginitive and intriguing. Anyone, 6-96 would enjoy this book and all of its characters, worlds, chases, villain, and more.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book December 5, 2005
Format:Paperback
NETfold is interesting, intelligent, intriguing, flowing, surprising, rich in details and draws a very good, live and vivid picture of a world we can imagine and see in our own eyes.

In short, I loved it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun science fiction and adventure November 7, 2005
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Overall, I enjoyed a lot reading this book, and this says a lot.

This book is a great reading. It starts with a very quick pace starting from page 1, and the excitements doesn't stop until the very surprising end!

The characters are fun and the reading can be enjoyed by kids, young adults, and adventures adults.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book waiting for sequel July 4, 2014
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I really enjoyed reading this E-book #promotion ! Netfold is full of interesting characters. As you read you think the story will go one way but the author switches it up on you and the story changes. The story covers different characters and tells the story from their points of view without loosing the story or becoming confused so its an easy read. As the story went on I found it harder and harder to put the book down so I spent a few night up past my bed time reading Netfold! I hope there will be another part to this story I I'm dying to find out what happened to the characters in this story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good Story July 6, 2014
By AJ
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Reminds me of Rudy Rucker's "Frek" and probably appeals to the age/experience groups that C.S. Lewis Narnia books attract. The material isn't predictable or cliche', moves at a good pace and (for this age group) suspends disbelief. Has some interesting sci-fi concepts for those interested in the nature of things. Has a little "blood & guts" but what doesn't nowadays? I'd let my teens & pre-teens read it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good beginning, then it turned into a young adult ...
Good beginning, then it turned into a young adult book (maybe I didn't read the description :) and it took a bit too long. Overall, I enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Radio Coco
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, enjoyable debut
I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Pros: Gur Shomron has crafted an engaging story with likeable protagonists, which hooked me early... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephan Stuecklin
5.0 out of 5 stars SF In The New World
We have a future with NET, a computer world exact in every detail with the real Earth. Except time is accelerated. Read more
Published 2 months ago by George R. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to more...
I am a slow reader, but that didn't keep me from reading this unique story. With two different "times" and the ability to alter others lives, by researching, it puts it on... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Meg
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, humorous, suspenseful, imaginative
4.5 stars. The author puts together a very good read, richly imagined, well-paced, funny, with not too much of an emphasis on technology, even though it could have gone that way.
Published 3 months ago by John-Michael Dumais
4.0 out of 5 stars Manages to keep reader’s attention
‘NETfold’ written by Gur Shomron is first part of author’s Cyberpunk Adventure series, a solid science fiction title that stands out from the usual offer of self-published... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Denis Vukosav
5.0 out of 5 stars But Mom, I'm not wasting time on the Internet!
Fun and exciting story bringing the real world and virtual worlds together. I would enjoy more stories engaging Troy, Flint, Maggie, and Adam in more virtual/real world... Read more
Published 3 months ago by graycat98
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a wonderfully fast paced book, a quick read and I defiantly recommend it for teens and young adults
Published 3 months ago by Evelyn Amick
3.0 out of 5 stars A quick summer read
If you are a cyberpunk or steampunk genre fan, than this book is for you! Imagine the idea of never having to worry about the mistakes and misgivings of this lifetime, as each... Read more
Published 3 months ago by The Overstreet-Roberts Family
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced
With everything going digital this book fit right into the whole digital age feel. In a world were you can surf in person and not loose time it sounded like a wonderful concept and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca Bryant
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Gur is an author and poet, as well as serial entrepreneur and investor. Gur has over 35 years of experience in building technology companies, both in Israel and the US. Gur took his first company public in Israel, and later invested in many other successful companies. He is a frequent lecturer about innovation and about creativity and business.

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