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Mirage Hardcover – Aug 8 1996


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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (Aug. 8 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747216746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747216742
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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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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By A Customer on April 17 2002
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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By Mandy O'Neill on 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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By N. Sausser on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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
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
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
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
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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