Mirage Hardcover – Nov 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Novelist Wilson (The Select) and CD-ROM scriptwriter Costello (The 7th Guest) take the reader on a high-tech voyage to the brain centers of human memory in this vivid cyber-medical thriller. Julie Gordon, a 28-year-old New York neurophysiologist, is pulled away from a breakthrough research project investigating memory via virtual reality technology when she gets an anxious call from her uncle in France. Her estranged twin sister, Samantha, has fallen into an unexplainable coma and seems to be dying, though she does not have a discernible illness. Julie agrees to use "memoryscape," the spectacular computer program she helped create, to search the minefield of her sister's memory. As Julie already knows, both sisters' history is irrevocably scarred by visions of the tragic house fire that killed their parents 23 years ago. But even more secrets haunt the pair. Now, returning to England with Sam and her uncle in a desperate effort to help her sister recover, the secrets Julie didn't know are revealed. Ultimately, Julie's entire identity is called into question as she confronts the possibility that the twins' careful liberal education may have been an elaborate experiment on the human brain. The virtual reality sequences in the novel provide stunningly surreal images, compensating for a plot steeped in melodrama. Although the revelatory conclusion may disappoint some readers as too contrived, others may see it as shocking, and most will be entertained by the med-tech details along the way.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Dr. Julia Gordon, 28, designs a virtual reality program that "sees" memories. Her hope is to adapt this technology for Alzheimer's research. Little does she realize that she will experiment on a subject closer to home. Julie's estranged identical twin sister, Sam, lies inexplicably comatose. Their Uncle Eathan, who reared them from age six, begs for help. Using her VR program, Julie tries to "see" the cause, but Sam's memoryscape is devastated. Further, Julie has sensory perception within Sam. What she uncovers is deeply troubling: her father and Eathan were identical twins; her father was a neurochemist who experimented on Julie and Sam to further his unacceptable research; and her father was sterile. Suddenly, she understands that she and her sister are in deadly danger. This fast-paced, fascinating book by Wilson (Implant, Forge, 1995) and Costello is one of the better meldings of technology and suspense, twisting and turning up through the emotional conclusion. Highly recommended for public libraries.?Jodi L. Israel, Westwood, Mass.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
I first get to hear about F. Paul Wilson as the then-anonymous author for his medical thriller THE SELECT, and all along I've known of Costello for his novel SEE HOW SHE RUNS. It turned out that he is now well known for having created the bestselling CD-ROM Interactive drama called THE 7TH GUEST.
This book however is a surefire winner by combining two of these great authors' capabilities to compose great story scenarios of thrills within a novel not only in plot, but in the way they delivered the story for the readers; this is one of those books that you'd indeed find hard to put down once you started reading it, so much similar with that other book I've reviewed here at Amazon called THE BIG PICTURE.
The plot involves a total opposite of twins, who are both raised by their uncle as told in the storyline; the other, Samantha, ar erratic yet great paint artist went on a comatrose for no tracable reason that baffled every doctor - and it turned that her only option of hope for who could help her is the most unlikely person - her twin Julie, a proffessional in the field of scientifical research program that she turned out, and have developed a virual reality machine that could penetrate through the brain's cargo of memories she called as Memorycape.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
it is slick and exciting but in order to enjoy it
you must be able to overlook cliched characterizations,
substandard writing quality, and predictable outcomes.
However, the pace is quick, the mystery is intriguing, and
the idea of exploring the human "memoryscape" with
virtual reality software is fascinating enough to a
computer geek like me to make the book worthwhile
The premise (estranged twin sisters are reunited when one of them is stricken with a mysterious ailment sending her into a coma) is certainly interesting enough, but there was something about the flow of the book that just didn't cut it for this reviewer. Wilson and Costello stick the reader in the world of "memoryscaping" or linking with the mind of another human being in order to be able to experience the memories and experiences of that person. "Mirage" is definitely more sci-fi than medical thriller, no matter what it states on the front cover of the book.
I just couldn't get into a rhythm with this book. Much of it was spent inside the memory of the ailing twin sister and appeared to be something out of a cocaine-induced dream. Slightly too weird and disjointed for this reader. There are a few satisfying plot twists that keep it from being a total disaster, however.
Fans of Wilson should make their own evaluation of "Mirage". The book has received some very good reviews and will probably appeal to a number of people. In this humble reviewer's opinion, however, stick with almost anything else that the man writes and you won't be disappointed! 2 and 1/2 stars!