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KIRKUS REVIEW July 2014 (NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2014):

In Shomron's sci-fi debut set in a virtual world known as the NET, a 15-year-old boy must combat users' connections being 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's program is an anomaly, since it doesn't seem to derive its energy from the NET, prompting Babel to open an investigation... Meanwhile, Flint and Troy check out a time fold--a gap that's not part of the NET--that Flint's discovered; there, they find what might be an abandoned civilization. But when they try to close the opening they've created, they figure out that something, perhaps aliens, might have passed through. Shomron has constructed a world that's deliciously complex but described in such a compact, coherent manner that readers might not realize how much info he's packed in. He clearly distinguishes the NET by referring to the real world as "Earth" and noting the time discrepancy--every Earth hour is a full NET day. The endlessly fascinating virtual world was allowed to develop on its own for millions of NET years; now, it's much like an alien planet, with its only city, Netville, surrounded by regions of dense jungles and strange creatures, such as a tree that attacks prey with its branches. The exhilarating, elaborate plot includes... and a rogue group, Pira-net, working against NET authorities...
A winsome cyberpunk adventure.

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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!

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  • File Size: 1289 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mendele Electronic Books Ltd; kind_en1 edition (July 22, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 22, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006Z0KJLO
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I have to admit that while I enjoy a good science fiction story, I was somewhat suspicious of Netfold by Gur Shomron. Entering the duo world of reality and a semi-realistic alternate universe of cyber-space seemed like a strange proposition. At first I was thinking, OK this is a teen nerd novel. However, within the first 15 minutes of this read, all the combinations of reality mixed with science fiction intrigued me.

It is here that you will meet some of the most interesting characters ever. Here you will meet 15-year-old Troy and his cyber-companion Flint. Flint is of course Troy’s homebuilt computer, yet is every bit a lively character of a human while being childishly naïve.

This story takes on a surreal atmosphere as our main characters move about in a cyber world outside the realm of an earthly plane. One early scene in which they find a world outside the world of the Net brought back memories of Frank Herbert’s novel Dune.

This is a well-written and fast paced novel. It comes with many elements that many of us may be familiar with in one way or another and it serves as a parable and warning for all of us of our destructive nature as we move forward with technological progress.
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Forget utopian, or even dystopian science fiction, here’s a story that will shatter your perceptions. I found Netfold to be one solid offering from Shomron, and was completely blown away by the way it had introduced ideas of the internet, gaming, role playing games, and so much more. The “NET” found in the story is not too unlike some of the hard hitting science fiction blockbusters from the past few years. It’s an adventure book that is simpler than say, “Hackers” but more complex than “Antitrust”. Those movies mixed together would form a union that is this novel.

I found myself wrapped up in the “what if” questions that I kept asking myself as the story unfolded. Could I live within “NET” and would I want to? For those that live their lives on the internet, this one is going to pummel the senses, as it most certainly had me going and going. You’ll love it, if you like virtual reality, science fiction, and thrilling stories of what very well could be our future.

It misses one star, but only because it started to go off the rails at one point, but other than a minor gripe, this could very well be your next favorite book. It was definitely mine.
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