by Matt Doyle

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New Hopeland was built to be the centre of the technological age, but like everywhere else, it has its dark side. Assassins, drug dealers and crooked businessmen form a vital part of the city’s make-up, and sometimes, the police are in too deep themselves to be effective. But hey, there are always other options …

For P.I. Cassie Tam, business has been slow. So, when she’s hired to investigate the death of a local VR addict named Eddie Redwood, she thinks it’ll be easy money. All she has to do is prove to the deceased’s sister Lori that the local P.D. were right to call it an accidental overdose. The more she digs though, the more things don’t seem to sit right, and soon, Cassie finds herself knee deep in a murder investigation. But that’s just the start of her problems.

When the case forces Cassie to make contact with her drug dealing ex-girlfriend, Charlie Goldman, she’s left with a whole lot of long buried personal issues to deal with. Then there’s her client. Lori Redwood is a Tech Shifter, someone who uses a metal exoskeleton to roleplay as an animal. Cassie isn’t one to judge, but the Tech Shifting community has always left her a bit nervous. That wouldn’t be a problem if Lori wasn’t fast becoming the first person that she’s been genuinely attracted to since splitting with Charlie. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of the police wanting her to back off the case.

Easy money, huh? Yeah, right.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154135990
Publisher: NineStar Press
Publication date: 05/08/2017
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 635 KB

About the Author

Matt Doyle lives in the South East of England. His house is inhabited by a wide variety of people and animals including (at time of typing) his partner, his three kids, a dog, a cat, a snake, two Syrian hamsters, a rabbit, a selection of teas and a handful of wild windows. He has spent his life chasing dreams, a habit which has seen him gain varying degrees of success in a great number of fields. This has included spending ten years as a professional wrestler (both working shows under the ring name Tad, and working backstage booking and running several successful shows in his local area), completing a range of cosplay projects and scripting a webcomic. These days, he can be found working on far too many novels at once, blogging about anime, comics and games, and plotting and planning what other things he’ll be doing to take up what little free time he has.

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Addict 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
The character’s mind tends to wander and mine does too. I keep having to bring myself back to the task at hand. It is an interesting storyline but for some reason I can’t get my teeth into it Why I couldn’t concentrate…don’t know? Was it the book? Was it me? You will need to find out for yourself. That being said…here I go… The technology, the Addicts, the corruption of law enforcement are themes that attract me and I love that I didn’t guess the answers. Cassie has had more than her own Glock staring into her face. She is a private investigator and danger seems to knock on her door all too frequently. This time it brought HER, who Cassie was quickly drawn to. I keep drifting, losing focus, but I did enjoy the story and I did get involved with the characters. It took me a while to figure out what was going on with the techies. I do love a fearless character, with a big gun, and she’s not afraid to use it. Even though I faced some difficulty keeping my mind on Cassie’s dilemma, I will be reading more of this series and I am looking forward to it. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Addict by Matt Doyle.
Neesie315 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading PI novels in the style of Raymond Chandler and I also enjoy futuristic cyberpunk books. This book, "Addict", is a good combination of these two styles. Cassandra (Cassie) Tam is a PI who is hired by Lori Redwood to prove that her brother, Eddie, did not die from an OD during a Virtual Reality session. Sure, Eddie was a self proclaimed addict and the police have called his death an accidental OD, but Lori insists that Eddie never did drugs. The more Cassie delves into this case, the more she learns of the corruption in the PD and throughout the city of New Hopeland. She thinks that she has learned enough to prove that Eddie was murdered, but is there more to his death than she first thought? The author does a wonderful job in building this futuristic world of high tech, including Tech Shifters, Virtual Reality addicts, cyberhacking and more. There is a guard dog of sorts named Bert, who looks a little like a metallic gargoyle, who protects Cassie and her property. Cassie is introduced to the world of role playing while wearing a metal exoskeleton when she learns that Lori is a Tech Shifter. Tech Shifters wear the specialized suits which allows the user to become an animal and play to their heart's content. There is a hint of romance between Cassie and Lori, but nothing graphic. In fact, it was handled in a very sweet manner, with both women opening up to the other in times of grief. I enjoyed this book a lot and will definitely be looking for more in this series and more by the author.
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
Addict by Matt Doyle is full of action. Cassie is a badass heroine with a side kick named Bert. She has bas bad dreams about her past and family. When a would be client named Lori asks for her help concerning the death of her brother, she can't refuse.. There's a lot of action in this futuristic thriller. People become addicted to the new drugs which have a different kind of high. Was Lori's brother murdered or was it an accidental overdose? Loved the surprise of the ending and Ink of course. I received this book from Net Galley and Nine Star Press for an honest review and no compensation otherwise.
PenKay More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to more! I am always on the lookout for new authors, and I think I found one. This book was well-written, had a good plot, and very interesting characters. I liked how this book had a really different look at an interesting futuristic world, one I would like to have gotten to know a little better, but maybe in future books. While this takes place in the future, it isn’t too far out of reach to feel different than today or to be too complicated, something I worry about not liking in sci-fi genres. Not only were the characters interesting, they were diverse, something fiction could use more of. Add to that, we had a non-stop action plot, with a mystery that wasn’t too simple. Everything came to together to form a great book, and I really enjoyed it from the beginning to end and I can't wait to read more! Highly recommend! I was provided the e-book which I voluntarily reviewed.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book I’ve read by Matt Doyle. And also the fourth time he has delivered beyond my expectations! I absolutely love Science Fiction but I have to admit, Addict belongs in a new category; Sci-fi just doesn’t do the words within his pages justice. The best I can do for a review is say “If you don’t read his books, you haven’t read Sci-fi yet.” Addict, by Matt Doyle, is a huge 5 Boundless Star Book. I highly recommend this, and all, of his books!
JeyranMain More than 1 year ago
Addict is a science fiction story about Cassie Tam. This is the first book of the Cassie Tam Files. The setting of the story is in New Hopeland. Everything is in the future with things like tech shifters and virtual junkies. Cassie is a private investigator and takes on the side jobs which police do not want to get involved with. As she gets into one particular case, what appears to be a very easy situation then becomes complicated. Cassie gets involved and discovers more than what she bargained for. Cassie’s past also catches up with her and that is when the story becomes really interesting. I found the plot to be suspenseful and the content to be action packed with a hint of a thrilling aspect of intrigue, embedded within the work. The pace was steady for a futuristic sci-fi saga and the character development, being a lead woman was refreshing to read. Having read this book, I can see how the story has a strong base for additional sequel stories. The other important factor in this book is its world setting. It is technologically advanced and describes an interesting form of visualization. Especially, the part where the techno shifters change into animals. The world is just superbly described and I think that is what makes the book different than others. I recommend this book to science fiction lovers and techno-savvy readers.