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 love the "In Death" series and have read or heard almost all of them, so far. But the slower speed of reading that Susan Ericksen is now using, is driving me crazy!! All the earlier books are great and I love her as a reader. I think it started with this book and has continued through the succeeding books, much to my dismay. Ms. Ericksen's voice sounds contrived when she consciously slows down her reading speed and it is a strain to hear. It is like she is REEAAALLLLLYYYY trying to pronounce every syllable very carefully. Please go back to the way you've done it all along. These are great books but this reading speed problem is very distracting and takes away from what are otherwise engaging stories.
This one was "Fantastical-ly" diffrent. Enter the world of E-GEEKS. Whoa I had trouble figuring out the killer on this one. I kept going back and forth with myself with 2 of the characters. I was glad it was the one I wanted it to be which was funny cause that was the same thing Peabody (Eve's partner) said.
Another great read the ending was very touching I love that Eve and Roarke's ralationship just grows with every story.
BIG thumbs up to Susan Erikson for the making the characters real and the great naration.
Enjoy! Happy Listening.
I cant believe I have almost listened to all the in death stories.
"If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be". Most of us are every day hero's. Never mind the kind. Search for more. Listen.
I love this series. It takes place just far enough ahead in the futrue where things are a bit different in the tech sense. More like what I really expect it to be. A futrue based CSI story with a great female lead detective who is human and kicks great butt with a flair for messing up and making it better. Love Eve's flaws and strength, and Roark is the perfect match for her.He is a bad boy with a heart of gold. What else would a billionaire have? They both have interesting things to bring to the table and the mystery of the crime is in there for wonderful entertainment value. the side characters are fun. JD Robb is a one of a kind author. But like any series everyone will choose their favorites. I have not been bored yet. I must say I do not like the novella's much. Not enough meat in them for a hungrey reader. This one was not a novella and a keeper. This in number 30 and I hope it keeps going for a long time to come.
Once again JD Robb comes through with another great read! This is number 30 of a great series. Susan Ericksen does an awesome job narrating. Worth a credit for sure!
I love this series of books, based on a detective named Eve. Very interesting story line, I love the character Eve and the other main characters. Keep up the good work J D Robb.
This was the first JD Robb book I have read, and it was great! It kept my attention and the narrator did a very good job with all the charactors. I will have the start this series from the beginning now!
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.
No in regards to J.D. Robb, but maybe for the narrator. I feel that with better material she would be an acquitted narrator.
Too many many detailed sex scenes and not enough plot.
The narrator wasn't half bad, but with the material she had to read she ended up sounding ridiculous.
Disappointment as my mother specifically rec'd this series. It seems we have very different scales as to what ranks a good reads.
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