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.
I gave the book a three because the actual crime was interesting and the narrator did a very good job but I thought the writing was terrible. The tawdry love scenes were straight out of a romance novel and the tough, profane cops were stereotypes. The author also used the same sentence pattens over and over again. I had just finished a Garth Nix series and the dropoff in the writing to this book was huge.
Since creating the Eve Dallas series, J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) has made each new book in the series express growth in the characters and overall story of their lives. This book continues that tradition. The growth element in this book examines what "friendship" means to different people. The author twines this thoughtful and accurate assessment with a great 2060 E-game science fiction plot line. The detail she uses when writing about potential technology in the future makes the story so plausable -- it makes you excited to see those things actually created. I have read many complete series by different authors in sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, historical fiction, etc. All to often the characters remain mostly the same as they experience different events in new books. In this series, the characters grow, struggle with their less than stellar qualities, open their hearts to the risk of caring about others,... in other words...they evolve just like real people do in their own lives if their not sleep walking. There are many wonderful things in the way these stories are crafted, but this one aspect puts this series at the top of my list.
As with all books in this series, they just continue to impress. The Robb/Ericksen team is the best match I've come across thus far.
These character's voices are an intricate and complex unity for the enjoyment of us all.
Ericksen's gift of intertwining each character's voice and personality is what allows for the "fluidity" in the narration of Robb's stories, and it is more than impressive. I've heard nothing like it in any other audible to date. And I've listened to good and bad.
Question for all those who criticised "Peabody's" voice:
How many of you actually define a person's intelligence by their voice?? (Raise your hands if you think this way). Now.... go to the end of the line. While you're there.. check your character!
When they changed Peabody's voice in book 13 "Seduction in death", I was boggled. I actually stopped listening. I could barely tell them apart (Eve & Peabody).
Then I read of the complaints. Outrageous. I was relieved to hear Peabody's voice, slowly come back. She has pluck and balances out Eve's emotions when they overheat.. and is often the comic relief, which even Eve appreciates.
People actually believe that a person's voice defines who and what they are??
If so, there are plenty of mono toned narrations out there that should send them down "comfy lane", as to their "intelligence", or lack thereof. It's not just irritating to read such reviews but saddening. One's ability to articulate intellingence has little to do with vocal chords (except the obvious).
Never judge a book by it's cover.
Or in this case... Must I actually say it??
To Susan Ericksen: Don't change a thing. The emotional flow of the story and each character is defined by J.D. Robb and your ability to understand and comunicate the complexities to us, the listeners. At least to those of us who know the difference and can appreciate the talent.
You give Robb's (audible) stories, life. Thank you!
Very weak story, poorly read. Characters lack credibility. Peabody is inane, and made worse by the voice she is given.
Worst book in around 70 I have downloaded. JD Robb can do better.
The publisher numbers this as book 30, even though it is the 37th Eve Dallas novel. But it follows on from "Missing in Death" which is labelled book 36 when it should be labelled book 29.5 using the publisher's daft numbering system.
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