- File Size: 3303 KB
- Print Length: 280 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1523378743
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 31, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AGZBC82
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,426,174 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Church of Virtual Saints (Morton & Mitchell Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I had not read the previous book Faust 2.0 which introduced the main characters. This one spends a bit of time recapping the events of that book which does mean you don't need to read that one - the author could have been wiser to say less. Someone who has read the first book will be more interested in the characters - probably more outraged that the female protagonist Sarah Mitchell is introduced here as captive in a cell in a British complex, then imprisoned more chillingly by a visionary man who wants to create a church around immortality by means of computer bank. Sarah is a skilled programmer.
Dan Emmet is a jailed hacker who is offered the chance to leave the violence and tension of prison life, if he works for a nebulous company trying to hack in to the group which is creating this church. Apparently Dan was a less than heroic personality originally, but the author makes up for that by giving Dan a chance or two to shine. We see some fun sequences such as a DDOS attack on cell masts and servers, also some lively action scenes.
Of all the characters, Dan comes across as the most rounded, while Sarah is not in the least feminine. So she's jailed for three months. What state is her hair in? Why isn't it driving her mad? She doesn't even think how long it's got. Have her fingertips and lips cracked from water, soap and no moisturiser? Women's skin is thinner than men's. Other characters feel one-dimensional, but many readers won't care. There is also not a lot of grounding in reality, such as asking if the church has got planning permission from the local council. But it's not a long book.
The tale contains a lot of violence so I recommend it for adult readers.
The story alternately tells what happens both to Dan and Sarah and the concepts are fascinating. Morton and his intentions are the real mysteries here. I found the parts when two characters explained the concepts to one another a little repetitive in places and I really don’t like cliff-hanger endings. I feel cheated. I don’t need total resolution, particularly in a series, but I feel a story should be complete in itself. That said, I found the idea totally gripping and anyone who enjoyed Faust 2.0 will lap this up, as I did.
The Church in the title is an on-line one and Sarah gets dragged into it. Dan is released from prison on the proviso that he'll help Morton get into The Church to see what they are up to. In this story Dan was the better character for me.
This was a bit heavy on the technical side of things and I'm not sure I liked the "fighting" bits of the book, but it was a decent read and I expect I shall read the next book if there is one. This book ends satisfactorily but lends itself to further adventures.