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,
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,
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!