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Mirage [Hardcover]

F. Paul Wilson , Matthew J. Costello
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Nov. 1 1996
In order to save her twin sister, who has become caught in a state of fantasy and hallucination, Julie uses an untested virtual reality technology to enter her sister's mind and confront the evil within.

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FICTION to top Critchton April 29 2004
Format:Hardcover
I've known and hunt for the books of the two great authors of this book, but havent come to see any of em on the bookstores that i frequent. I havent read any of their individual works before since i cant find em, but have read about their particular novels that captured my attention. It turned out I get to stumble upon this book and seeing that these two coveted authors have collaborated, it blows my top off, so needless to say I bought it - and just as i presumed , these two authors are excellent writers.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story June 10 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is more of a sci-fi book than a medical thriller, as advertised, for which I am very grateful. If it had been labeled a sci-fi thriller, I probably wouldn't have picked it up and would have missed out on a very good story. The idea of exploring a person's memory with virtual reality is fascinating. Wilson and Costello have combined to make this a believable premise. The characterizations were wonderful and the suspense unrelenting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit too long Nov. 18 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Excellent idea but stretched a little too far. The basic premise, simulation of a person's psyche on computer, is tantalising. I felt the characterisations were believable but the various twists and turns were too predictable and seemed to be deliberately laboured. I reckon the book is 2 chapters too long and would have benefited from a hard-nosed editor demanding more pace, less self-indulgent self-analysis.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Weird! April 17 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book wasn't too bad, but it was strange. The descriptions of Sam's memoryscape were a little too wordy at times, but I did enjoy this book. I do recommend it but, if you want to read a real page-turner by F. Paul Wilson then get The Select.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any sci-fi, mystery, or horror fan. Jan. 10 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
F. Paul Wilson and Matthew Costello take you on an unbelievable journey through the human psyche. When nuerophysiologist Julie Gordon learns that her estranged twin sister has fallen into a coma Julie travels albeit unwillingly to her side. Once Julie is there she realizes her chance to try an experimental virtual reality scanner she devoloped. Against the wishes of her partner in the development of the machine Julie travels on a risky journey through her sister's subconscious mind. What truths come to Julie through these episodes bring a frightening revelation to Julie and a truth about the lives of her entire family. Mystery, horror, and mix of sci-fi will keep you reading through the twists and turns of this well written, emotionally draining tale of family secrets. An excellent read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An exciting journey into human memory using virtual reality Dec 28 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Mirage reminds me of American network television--
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
airplane reading.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story June 10 2000
By N. Sausser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is more of a sci-fi book than a medical thriller, as advertised, for which I am very grateful. If it had been labeled a sci-fi thriller, I probably wouldn't have picked it up and would have missed out on a very good story. The idea of exploring a person's memory with virtual reality is fascinating. Wilson and Costello have combined to make this a believable premise. The characterizations were wonderful and the suspense unrelenting.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird! April 17 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book wasn't too bad, but it was strange. The descriptions of Sam's memoryscape were a little too wordy at times, but I did enjoy this book. I do recommend it but, if you want to read a real page-turner by F. Paul Wilson then get The Select.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit too long Nov. 18 2001
By Mandy O'Neill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Excellent idea but stretched a little too far. The basic premise, simulation of a person's psyche on computer, is tantalising. I felt the characterisations were believable but the various twists and turns were too predictable and seemed to be deliberately laboured. I reckon the book is 2 chapters too long and would have benefited from a hard-nosed editor demanding more pace, less self-indulgent self-analysis.
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