Review for Artificial Mirage

A relentless pursuit from Vietnam to Saudi Arabia in which augmented reality distorts the nature of attachment and desire.

In a world where augmented reality blurs the line between the real and the computer generated, Charlie cherishes the reality of Lauren….

His life as a young American banker in Vietnam seems idyllic until a series of events precipitate her disappearance.

When her trail leads to Saudi Arabia, he must navigate a criminal underworld. The stakes grow higher as it becomes apparent that reality isn’t what it once was.

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The Artificial Mirage is a story that takes place in Saudi Arabia about 13 years in the future and reality blurs with technology. When his trade broking job goes wrong, Charlie’s world is turned upside down. Wrongfully imprisoned, he is released only to find that he lost everything he knew, owned and loved, including Lauren the love of his life. Day in day out, he longs to be with Lauren and even goes as far as to create an AR(computerized digital) version of her to keep him company. Unable to discover what has happened to the real Lauren, he immerses himself into the underground world of illegal alcohol trade & hookers to track her down.

At times this book was not an easy read. The plot was decent, but it dragged for the first half of the book and still had no real plot. There’s a lot of futuristic computer savvy language in this book- similar to the Matrix movie. This was only the first drawback I encountered. even though I thought it was well written, but it is not for the average reader who likes to be able to put a book down (like me who has a busy family life). There are way too many characters in too many cities- it has you bouncing around from city to city person-to-person all from the first person point of view which only added to my confusion. I really wanted to get into this book because the plot sounded so interesting but again all the technology and all of the characters made it is so difficult to get into. I even had to take notes on who was who and who did what just to keep the story straight. It would’ve been much easier to understand if the book was told from one person’s point of view. This book might be great for somebody who was more computer savvy and has time to sit down and read it cover to cover, but for me, the average reader, was too difficult to read.


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