Set in the real, near-future world that is run by artificial intelligence, Charlie, the intelligent, charismatic trade broker, is wrongfully incarcerated due to the simple fact that he’s a white guy in Vietnam (that and a series of unfortunate events. Upon his release from jail, he considers his next move; he decides to look for his assistant, Lauren, who has fled Vietnam for the Middle Eastern world in its futuristic form. More than just his assistant, Lauren is the love of Charlie’s life and he’s willing to do anything to find her. Without her, he’s not himself; so he’s created a virtual proxy for Lauren—an artificial mirage. Charlie’s love for Lauren is intense, believable, and exciting. Charlie’
Could a world with such strong computer-generated sensory details lead to a happily ever after for Charlie and Lauren? Augmented reality (or AR) is a prime and bold theme; it’s also quite scary to think that a world such as this could exist in the very near future. The Artificial Mirage offers an insightful look into technology, characters that work with it, and if tech advances are a good, sustainable thing when taken as far as described in this novel. Descriptions are viable and vivid, while believable action is laced throughout. Warwick’
Overall, a stirring inspection of AR. Victories are hard-won and the essence of bravery enhanced; very entertaining.