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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: The Artificial Mirage (July 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615820611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615820613
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an edgy science fiction.
Georgia
I thought the book started out a bit slow with too much detail that I did not really understand, but it progressively got better.
Lisa McCarty
The author does an excellent job of painting this world and the characters he encounters in his quest.
Ebeth

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie Wein on May 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
The Artificial Mirage brings readers into a future world where communicating with a mirage is as common as walking a dog. The main character is an investment banker from the United States that is working in Vietnam until he finds himself the victim of a chain of events that takes him to Saudi Arabia. He is on a quest for the woman he loves, Lauren, who exists both as a real person and as a mirage created for his pleasure and convenience.

Saudi Arabia experiences a great deal of crime throughout the course of the story that affects him as well as Lauren. His desire to have the real Lauren back in his life leads him to get involved in some dangerous situations he has a hard time getting out of safely. As his quest continues he gets caught up in the wave of crime plaguing Saudi Arabia and faces prison time as a result. His story comes to a harrowing conclusion as fate catches up with him and throws him a curveball he can’t seem to catch.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Johnson on May 19, 2014
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I read the ebook repeatedly, each time picking up on new and different things that I had missed the time before. I missed things, because the book is packed cover to cover with tantalizing tidbits. The is one of the most interesting and absolutely sensational books I have added to my collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darren Connor on May 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
The Artificial Mirage is not your normal science fiction novel. It focuses more on the characters involved and the drama in their life rather than building to an epic crescendo of explosions and deaths.

Warwick's command of the atmosphere is truly astounding. Throughout the entire novel the author builds the environment brick by brick and helps you to imagine the future the characters live in with consummate ease. The future built around Artificial Reality is spectacularly imaginative whilst still feeling like a very real and probable future.The setting itself flits around a number of locations, primarily in the Middle East. This is a real breath of fresh air as so many novels nowadays seem to focus on the 'gritty streets of New York'.

The only real downside to the book is that the characters can occasionally lack enough back-story and once introduced it can be a little confusing. That said, once you have caught up it is easy enough to keep track and follow the character's trials and tribulations.

This book is an enjoyable and light hearted read which is really brought to life by Warwick's fantastic ability to paint his picture of the future. A future which in reality, is probably closer than most would think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Shona Tyler on June 21, 2014
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The Artificial Mirage is set in a futuristic world full of AR technology and begins in Saigon with American trader Charlie and his girlfriend Lauren. My first encounter with these two main characters clearly shows who is most invested in their relationship and is a factor that remains throughout.

As you begin to read each chapter the world in which The Artificial Mirage is set is laid out before your eyes and gives the book that important visual feel that allows your imagination to do its work. I prefer books that do this because– unlike watching a film where you can see everything – it is down to the reader to visualize. I found this was easy to do. It reminded me of The Matrix if I'm honest and that is a film I have watched many times. Would definitely be worth considering as the backdrop for the latest sci-fi film.

However, there were times I felt overloaded with AR visuals and other times lacking. A steady flow throughout with the increase of AR interaction where needed would have worked better. Having said that I salute T Warwick for a visibly appealing read and would say my favorite scene was when Charlie and Lauren first appeared. Great added effect and a taste of what is to come.

The book mainly focuses on Charlie, with the addition of a few extras, and follows his journey to reconnect with Lauren, his once girlfriend. He is accompanied by an AR of Lauren and captures the real Lauren through the eyes of Charlie – which we find out is not who the real Lauren is. I warmed to Charlie instantly and continued to do so throughout and felt the scenes that featured him and the AR Lauren the most believable. I think she became his safety net when reality got too hard to deal with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Georgia on June 18, 2014
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The Artificial Mirage is a stunning sci-fi thriller that is driven by characters, not action. The decision to make the characters and technology-fuelled setting the main features of this book rather than action was an interesting one, but I think that it was very successful. When the characters are so numerous and so intriguing, and the setting so rich and unusual, one finds that a lack of action packed scenes doesn’t matter much at all.

I really enjoyed The Artificial Mirage. Set in a variety of different countries including Saudi Arabia and Vietnam, this book flitted from futuristic place to futuristic place with the ease of a mechanical ‘Dragonfly’. The use of gritty, dusty lands juxtaposed with new technology including ‘Augmented Reality glasses’ and a lot of air conditioning units was a pleasure to read about. Warwick really went to town with all of his descriptions. The new technology was explained perfectly through beautiful language; one really got the sense that they were living in an ‘artificial mirage’ thanks to the surrealism that Warwick conveys through his writing. I found that there was a lot of contrast in this novel: the heat and dirt of Charlie (the protagonist’s) surroundings with the clinical luxury of Augmented Reality; the grungy criminal underworld and its contrast with the innocence of Charlie’s old life before everything went wrong for our unfortunate hero.

This book is a real treat for anyone who enjoys a good, character driven tale. The use of rich settings and new mind-bending technology is an added bonus to an already unique story. The twist ending was also a pleasant surprise.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an edgy science fiction. Be prepared for descriptions that will blow you away and characters that leap right off the page!
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