by Eddy Shah
Pan Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780330461634
Date: 07 November 2008 List Price £6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Uncorrected Proof Copy : Journalist, novelist and business innovator Eddy Shah offers up this futuristic thriller that leans heavily into genre territory. How it holds up next to the works of recognised SF authors remains to be seen. Nevertheless, there is a preponderance of second life / VR novels doing the rounds at the moment and Shah has always exhibited sharp entrepreneurial acumen and an eye for what is current. Second World is a paperback original from Pan, due in November.
"Lured from his birthday celebrations by a Marilyn Monroe avatar, the US president finds himself abducted into cyberspace by a mysterious presence called 'The Voice'. With only twenty-four hours before it will become impossible to return his consciousness to his body, the secret services are thrown into panic. The one called in to solve the mystery of his disappearance is Conor Smith, a disillusioned GameMaster, who enlists the help of Andi and Tebor, two young people who are permanently 'missing in the Web'. Soon they are investigating every corner of the overcrowded area of WebWorld known as the Brick. Meanwhile a couple of mysterious murders escalates the tension, both in VR and Reality, and paranoia reigns as the hero gradually tracks down the mysterious forces that always seem a couple of steps ahead."