That Dick Thornby did not come off as invincible. Intelligent, cunning, yes, but a bit older, not chiseled, with a son he genuinely cares for and is thus vulnerable. Also, the morality of Thornby was not invincible either. He knows the rules, knows the downsides, so that while experiencing Net Impact, listeners can care more about the protagonist while enjoying the tension of the story.
Other books by Bingle also have deeply flawed characters. Greensword in particular, but also my favorite Bingle book, Forced Conversion in which the central morality itself is n question. Net Impact, though, I think is the only Bingle audio book. As to other books, it's really hard to find a story dealing with the connection between virtual reality and real reality in a soy thriller with such a flawed protagonist. That's what makes Net Impact so unique.
I do not know Mr. Pilkenton beyond his work with Net Impact.
I'm not used to listening to audio books in one sitting, but when the opportunity arose to coninue on, I took it.
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