- File Size: 1476 KB
- Print Length: 623 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 11, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008WHUPIK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,668,784 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author
He has a son, a lover, a mother, a father, sisters, brothers, good friends, a dog, and a foul mouth; therefore, he has all he needs. This is his first book, so he's not entirely sure what he's doing, but he gotsa liking for the story and the characters. His only hope is others do as well. If they don't, screw 'em; he never liked them anyway.
Book one of the New Veil World trilogy is complete: VEIL. Please excuse me while I finish the other two. It will only take about eight years...six chimpanzees...ohhhh and did I mention there-might-be-a-dead-puppy-involved?
Aaron Overfield is also the content manager for www.ninasimone.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Really, Veil has a dense plot that I felt was well written. As I went along the harder it was to put down. I really like the retribution element to the whole story line, the woman scorned kind of thing.
I did receive a free copy of the book for this review.
The absolute best part of this book is the way people relate to one another. Emotions aren't just surface decoration, but are all encompassing. People love with their whole heart and hate just as strongly. They also contradictorily treat each other with complete irreverence. They call each other nasty names and fling politically incorrect insults at one another, as only those most comfortable with each other can. Most of which is really funny. So are a lot of the author's interjections. While this makes the book a joy to read there really is a serious message here. What is the moral responsibility of science and scientists? What marks us out as individuals and how much of this is necessary to live appreciable human lives? Like Huxley or Orwell, Overfield forces the reader to imagine how dangerous it can be to give up too much of their autonomy, no matter how well-intentioned the organisation involved.
Despite the bold characters I wouldn't consider the book to be character driven (unless you consider Veil as a character). It tends to leap at regular intervals, leaving the main cast to age unobserved. Every time it did this I thought, 'no I want to know more about what happened next.' I was quickly engrossed in the next epoch of Veil, however, and forgot my disappointment.
The book is quite long and does tend to repeat itself. This might or might not be a purposeful attempt to remind the reader of earlier events. I don't know. Either way, while it is noticeable it isn't particularly distracting.
If you pick this one up I recommend reading all of the book, and by all of it I mean everything from the copyright page to the epilogue and beyond. It's worth it. (Not something I have cause to say often.)
First, here's the run down:
Jin Tsay is the world's most brilliant scientist. No, really, he is. He discovers a technology that literally changes the world. He also has just about the most perfect relationship with his wife. They are so thoughtfully in love it makes you either want to puke with the sweetness or fume with jealousy. Suren, his wife, is quietly content with her world, her husband, and her role in life, but all that changes when the military decides they no longer need the brilliant Dr. Tsay in order to complete take over his project.
The technology is Veil - a new way to experience "reality" or someone's reality, because the whole purpose of Veil is to experience the thoughts and feelings of others like they are your own.
Enter Ken, Jin's former academic partner, and Hunter, just a loud-mouthed gay guy (who happens to be a brilliant scientist and inventor of neuro-prostheses) Hunter really wants to screw over the military and Ken really wants to contribute to his friend's legacy!
I loved Hunter - he is cool to the extreme. I loved his sassy attitude and his one-liners and how protective and caring he was to his friends. I even loved how he treated Suren in the end.
But really, I identified most with Ken. Ken, the not-quite-as-smart-as-Jin scientist who agrees to help fulfill Jin's dream project for Suren, even though he's morally against it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mr. Overfield weaves a very interesting and fun to read tale. I was hooked from the first chapter. Nicely done!Published 16 months ago by T. A. Seastedt
Ingenious alternate reality, where it's possible to not only observe someone else's life via social networking but live it as well.Published on January 25, 2014 by ShyReviewer
Tedious, repetitive, not the greatest writing. Imagine a 1960's University Liberal transforming Echelon/Prism into a socialists wet dream. Veil is what you produce...Published on July 5, 2013 by Cipher
This book runs the gamut on emotions and intellectually. It's different than any book I've ever read in characters and writing style. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Adrijana
This book is great, hilarious most of the time. The most impressive part is the technology, makes you wonder why no one ever thought of it before. Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by Rich Hume
This was an entertaining and interesting read. The writing was smooth and easy to get through. Even when delving into difficult information. Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by Scott Cioffi
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Sci-fi dystopias, like Veil by Aaron Overfield, are awesome for the thought experiments they play out and the possible futures... Read more
Veil is like nothing that I've ever read before. It begins as a murder mystery, evolves into a techno-thriller, further morphs into Orwellian science fiction before it concludes... Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by R. Swett
one of the most unusual and entertaining books I have read in a long time. Recommend reading this book to anyone who likes something a little different than the usual.Published on January 21, 2013 by tebra