Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, enters his private playroom, and eagerly can’t wait to lose himself in an imaginary world, to play the role of a sword-wielding warrior king, in his company’s latest top-secret project, Fantastical.
The next morning, he is found in the same locked room, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. It is the most puzzling case Eve Dallas has ever faced, and it is not a game.
Lt. Eve Dallas is having as much trouble figuring out how Bart Minnock was murdered as who did the murdering. The victim’s girlfriend seems sincerely grief-stricken, and his quirky-but-brilliant partners at U-Play appear shocked as well. No one seemed to have a problem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire of course, success can attract jealousy, and gaming, like any business, has its fierce rivalries and dirty tricks—as Eve’s husband, Roarke, one of U-Play’s competitors, knows well. But Minnock was not naïve, and he knew how to fight back in the real world as well as the virtual one.
Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction—and the price of defeat is death.
Crack another case with Eve Dallas.
©2010 J.D. Robb (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Even after a number of books (this is book 30), it is still a great series. But to tell the truth, I found myself enjoying Eve and Peabody's banter more than the main mystery. There were places I couldn't help myself laughing. The main mystery was technologically interesting, although not as much as the other in Death books.
I work out of my car, so I like having a captivating story while I drive. This isn't the best I've listened to of JD Robb, but I really enjoyed it. If you like gaming, you'll really like this one.
I like the Fantasy in Death Series, and this is a fair representation of the series.
I have never listened to an audio version of any of this series and had a problem with it. No disrespect to the reader, and she did a good job: Clear differentiation of characters and a nice flow to the reading. But her interpretation of the sound of the characters was very different from how I imagined them and the conflict was jarring to me. Perhaps others will find her reading right on the money.
NORA/J.D. ROBB NEVER DISAPPPOINTS. I ALWAYS FIND THE IN DEATH BOOKS RIVTING AND A MUST HAVE. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET READ/LISTENED TO ANY OF THE IN DEATH BOOKS START AT THE BEGINNING AND GET HOOKED!
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
Great series. I've listened to the entire series now. This was not my favorite and I'm not really sure why. I would recommend this series and have.
Am a book reader who have to many books and to little time to read them. I love humor, slow burn romance, and fast pace story.
That it was techie which isn't Eve's specialty at all, but is Roarke's and the geek squad.
No, but it did keep me intrigued for I never know who the bad guy is.
all of them of course. I have to many favorites to every choice sides.
Yes because I love to try and figure it all out and read the process how they solve it.
a lover of books and finer things
Convo between Eve and Peabody about the magic stick had me laughing hard and out loud. The who did it has gotten better because I didn't guess the ending. Fun escapism as usual.
I listen while I drive, jog, do dishes and exercise. Now I can catch up on my books and get everything else done too!
Interesting but thin.
I would recommend for the narrator, and if someone was a tech fan, or a fan of this author. But in general as a book, no.
She was very engaging, had very distinct character voices with what seemed to be accurate accents.
Not really. I thought it was basically a decent book, but didn't move me.
I thought the premise was good...that virtual gaming could be an instrument killing in a possible murder. Really intriguing. I wanted to see how it ended. But like a lot of fiction set in the future, the technology hasn't been invented yet, and so the author takes a lot of liberties and allows the technology to have functionality that wasn't well explained and hard to understand. It was a little like how "Trekie" fans have to retroactively justify inconsistencies in plot points in the Star Trek series. It asks us to willfully suspend our disbelief a little too thinly. Things stopped making sense, and therefore I lost my interest in trying to figure out "who done it", or cared who did it. And the character that ended up doing it to me seemed very 2-dimensional in the end. He was a very intelligent character, but his alibi/reason for doing what he did was so illogical that it was hard to believe that he believed it would clear him of the crime. Loved the premise and most of the characters (especially the lead female detective), but in the end, nothing really added up. The narration was very good.
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