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The Artificial Mirage Paperback – July 25, 2013
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The writing is good, the characters are interesting, but there are too many hints of things going on outside the plot the never payoff. More than anything though. The premise of being surrounded by a world that continuously feeds you data, images, advertising and pricing wherever you go strikes a chord of familiarity,
Set in the real, near-future world that is run by artificial intelligence, Charlie, the intelligent, charismatic trade broker, is wrongfully incarcerated due to the simple fact that he’s a white guy in Vietnam (that and a series of unfortunate events. Upon his release from jail, he considers his next move; he decides to look for his assistant, Lauren, who has fled Vietnam for the Middle Eastern world in its futuristic form. More than just his assistant, Lauren is the love of Charlie’s life and he’s willing to do anything to find her. Without her, he’s not himself; so he’s created a virtual proxy for Lauren—an artificial mirage. Charlie’s love for Lauren is intense, believable, and exciting. Charlie’s mission to find Lauren includes prostitutes, shady characters, and criminal activity. Which makes for an exciting unfolding of events and details about the hero’s character.
Could a world with such strong computer-generated sensory details lead to a happily ever after for Charlie and Lauren? Augmented reality (or AR) is a prime and bold theme; it’s also quite scary to think that a world such as this could exist in the very near future. The Artificial Mirage offers an insightful look into technology, characters that work with it, and if tech advances are a good, sustainable thing when taken as far as described in this novel. Descriptions are viable and vivid, while believable action is laced throughout. Warwick’s writing is fast and entertaining; however he is not for lovers of light sci-fi—his work lacks anything but depth, wit, and creativity.
Overall, a stirring inspection of AR. Victories are hard-won and the essence of bravery enhanced; very entertaining.
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.