Guy Haley's Reality 36 is set in the future when advanced AIs are commonplace and the virtual reality of gaming worlds has evolved to serve as alterna..Show More »te universes. The tale boils down to a complex detective story with a unique team of a Level 5 AI (quite advanced) and a semi-retired military cyborg. The crime under investigation concerns the death of a prominent AI researchers who was also an AI rights activist. Various competing agencies and freelancers are on the trail and the action is quite intense with no clear idea for what started it all.
The sci-fi elements are a solid blend of AI with a quirky VR world with some robotics thrown in for good measure. The weakest component is the formulaic construction of the VR world. The detective sleuthing is well done with good pacing and numerous plot twists. The chemistry between the partners is entertaining and results in a great team.
The narration is quite good, although the overall story construction is a bit slow in the beginning in terms of plot development, while then ending could use a bit more closure.