- Paperback: 362 pages
- Publisher: Ion Productions (July 13, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983780102
- ISBN-13: 978-0983780106
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,006,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fate's Mirror Paperback – July 13, 2011
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About the Author
M. H. Mead is the shared pen name of Alex Kourvo and Harry R. Campion.
The authors live in Michigan where they are hard at work on their next novel.
To learn more about them, or to read more of their stories, visit MHMead.com
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While they watch his house continue to implode in the flames, a neighbor gives Morris his coat and it occurs to him that somebody willfully and deliberately blew up his house. Maybe he'd better put some distance between the flaming ruin and himself before they realize he's not dead.
Morris heads across country to a friend's home--a friend he's never met in person, a bounty hunter for whom Morris has done some investigative digging. Lucky for him, she's willing to take care of him, disabling agoraphobia and all, including ongoing vengeful assaults from three AI sisters who've taken up residence on the world wide web.
When a special forces branch of the NSA tracks Morris down and worse, hires him (he never wanted to enter any NSA building legally), things get hairier from there.
Fate's Mirror is a well-written, engaging and fun read for science fiction fans and computer geeks alike. And even for readers who feel they're not into that kind of fiction, after all, a good story is a good story regardless of genre. I highly recommend Fate's Mirror.
I love it when a book's so good you can't put it down.
In his head and on the job, computer hacker Morris Payne is a swashbuckling, wisecracking and invincible pirate. And I do mean pirate. In reality, the man can't leave the house. He's afraid of wide-open spaces and subject to crippling panic attacks. But so what? He stays home where he has everything he will ever need. Well, the food has to be delivered.
Then while working with an ex-lover (yes, he used to get out and about a little more) on a secret government project to save the world, she is murdered and his house explodes. Morris has no choice but to seek help and shelter from the wide world outside his experience. He thinks someone is trying to kill him. He's half right.
This is a very good action/adventure science fiction entry into the territory first explored in NEUROMANCER all those decades ago. FATE'S MIRROR abounds with excitement, tension and mystery. Even if you don't read science fiction, this is a great adventure novel, thriller, and even a bit of a romance. The characters are appealing and it really is a page-turner.
I'm going to shut up right now and go see what else M.H. Mead has written. I bet I'll love it, too.
Oops. Hey you two, write more!
As she tries to get him on his feet, avoiding legitimate authorities because of his hacker background, it becomes obvious that his home blowing up is the tip of the iceberg. Morris is being hunted, and he's not sure by whom: the immensely powerful NSA, or a trio of rogue artificial intelligences that escaped from the NSA, and now pattern themselves after the Greek Goddesses of fate.
I would loosely describe Fate's Mirror as "Urban Cyberpunk" or maybe "Romantic Cyberpunk." Action keeps the pace moving forward, the romantic interest between Adria and Morris is delicate and funny, and I was really liking how the authors built tension with Morris' tendency to have a puking-sick panic attack in a crunch. Morris is funny, sarcastic and defensive, and really vulnerable because of his panic attacks. The plot is full of twists that you wouldn't expect from either Urban Fantasy or a Romance. And Morris accesses his version of the internet with a virtual pirate ship, which means all his cyberattacks take the form of sea battles, which gives a weight to the intertubes action.
I think this is a good pick for most Urban Fantasy readers, possibly romance readers who like a lot action with their romance, and fans of cyberpunk who don't take themselves too seriously.