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|Virtually Eliminated: A Novel
by Jefferson Scott
Published by Multnomah Publishing, 1996
Suggested by: Greg Slade
Ace virtual reality programmer Ethan Hamilton finds something a little suspicious in a string of "freak accidents" which electrocute a sprinkling of virtual reality users around the world. As he and FBI agent Mike Gillette begin to investigate, the threat turns against Ethan and his family. Someone or something is stalking and killing victims through GlobeNet, and it's up to Ethan and Mike to find out how and why the killings are being done, and stop them before Ethan becomes the next victim.
The characterisation is fairly good, and the treatment of Ethan's "addiction" to computers in general and virtual reality in particular make this work a "must read" for techies: the warning signs are there, and very realistically portrayed. Unfortunately, the technical mistakes in the practicalities of killing someone through a computer are likely to put off the very readership which most needs to read this book.
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