MultiReal (The Jump 225 Trilogy)
by David Louis Edelman
Cover Artist: Stephan Martiniere
Review by Sam Lubell
Pyr Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781591026471
Date: 21 July 2008 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
MultiReal is the second book of David Louis Edelman's Jump 225 trilogy, which is cyberpunk after it grew up and graduated from business school. It features an incredibly detailed complex background, interesting (and not always likable) characters, and the grand scope and feel of the best science fiction. This is in many ways a stronger book than the first, Infoquake, a rarity among second volumes in trilogies. From official release/information:
Book Description: David Louis Edelman's debut novel Infoquake was called "the love child of Donald Trump and Vernor Vinge" and hailed as the best science fiction debut of 2006. The story continues with MultiReal, the stunning second book in the Jump 225 trilogy. Natch has just won his first battle with the Defense and Wellness Council for control of MultiReal technology. But now the Council has unleashed the ruthless cunning of Lieutenant Executive Magan Kai Lee. Lee decides that if Natch's company can't be destroyed from without, it must be destroyed from within.
As black code continues to eat away at Natch's sanity, he faces a mutiny from his own apprentices, a legal onslaught from the government, and the return of enemies old and new. In desperation, the entrepreneur turns to some unlikely allies: a radical politician with an agenda of his own, and a childhood enemy to whom he has done a terrible wrong.
Natch's struggle will take him from the halls of power in Melbourne to the ruined cities of the diss. Hanging in the balance is the fate of MultiReal, a technology that could end the tyranny of the Council forever--or give the Council the ultimate weapon of oppression.