Morris Payne is the world’s best viker–a hacker with the greed of a pirate and the morals to match. Many know his name. Few know who he is. Agoraphobia, with its uncontrolled panic attacks, has left him housebound and friendless. But someone, somehow, has connected his virtual life to his real one. Now he has to brave physical reality and all its dangers to stop a killer who was never supposed to exist.
She calls herself the Triple Goddess of Fate. The most powerful AI ever created, she wants freedom, power, and the assurance of her own safety. Mostly she wants Morris Payne dead.
No one, no matter how well equipped, has survived a confrontation with Fate, and all Morris has are his legendary hacking skills and a virtual pirate ship loaded with defensive weapons.
Morris Payne just might save the world. If only he can gather the courage to leave his house.
Fate’s Mirror by M.H. Mead was all that and more. The characters were wonderfully developed and grew well as their story was told. Their interactions felt natural and as they created relationships, some of their actions were unexpected but refreshing as they matured.
The range of emotions is another thing to note. There are villains who could care less about anyone other than themselves, of course their goal is complete and utter control no matter what the price may be. While you have those who are not classified as villains but are not squeaky clean and innocent, who mostly want to make money at what they do best. There is a touch of romance in all of this, nothing over the top, just a nice sprinkling that, I think, rounds out the story perfectly.
The flow of M.H. Mead’s writing was very smooth, adventurous and, for me, a bit addicting. I found that there were several times when I would get caught up in the story, it was so very clear with the perfect amount of description, that I could imagine it all taking place. It got me to thinking, could this possibly be the future? Of course, we will never know till we get there.
The only thing that gave me the smallest of a hard time were the first few pages, but that is just how I am with all books. Now this is definitely not a book that fits into the “trudge through the first 100 pages before you give it the boot”, not at all. So if you are like me and you have difficulty jumping into new books, you don’t have to hang in there for long before this story grabs you, hold steady through the very beginning and you will be glad you did.
Fate’s Mirror is one of those books you feel sad yet happy when you meet the last page. I wanted more of this adventure. I had never tried out a book quite like this and now I will be cracking a few more of them open.