Thursday, 8 September 2011

Act of Will by M. Darusha Wehm

Official Blurb

Andersson Dexter is a new man, still living his old life.

Part vigilante, part private eye, part cop, Dex is muddling his way through his day job as a faceless customer service rep for a giant firm, while solving routine cases in his off hours. But when a gruesomely mutilated corpse is found, things heat up for Dex and the underground organization he calls the Cubicle Men.

Soon, Dex finds himself racing against the clock to find a killer who seems to be determined to strike him close to home.

In a grim future where people live and work in crowded, utilitarian cities, but escape to an online virtual world, Act of Will explores the capacity we have to choose the directions our lives will take, and the consequences of those choices.

My Review

This is the third audio book by this author that I've listened to and the second starring Dex, the part time detective.

The world the book is set in is very interesting.  In the not too distant future when the "everywhere-net" is ...everywhere, and everyone is on it, enjoying themselves and escaping the drudgery of real live in the virtual world.  In the last book the mystery was revolving around the death of a virtual character, this one is set in the real world, and a serial killer is doing their thing.

The author does an outstanding job of reading in this case.  After listening to two previous books read by the same author, I judge that she has hit her narrating sweet spot in this book.

The characters are once again as interesting as the plot and that plot is very interesting.  As the plot evolves the world is expanded and the characters grow in a way that is very appealing.  This is not a rip-roaring adventure full of high action, it's a slow burner that builds some excellent tension before reaching the very climatic ending.

Reading 2/3
Production 2/3
Story 3/3

Total Score 7/9

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