Synthetic Illusions

Synthetic Illusions

by Mary Fan

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BN ID: 2940148860389
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 01/02/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 366
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Mary Fan lives in New Jersey, where she is currently working in financial marketing. She has also resided in North Carolina, Hong Kong, and Beijing, China. She has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember and especially enjoys the infinite possibilities and out-of-this-world experiences of science fiction and fantasy.



Mary has a B.A. in Music, specializing in composition, from Princeton University and enjoys writing songs as much as writing stories. She also enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and exploring new things—she’ll try almost anything once.

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Synthetic Illusions 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Micula More than 1 year ago
Since the events of Artificial Absolutes, Jane has started to follow her dream to be a composer and her relationship with Adam seems to be progressing, yet when Adam starts having horrific dreams of murder which turn out to be true, Jane must throw herself into danger again for the one she loves. Incredibly, Jane's brother Devin is leading a team of ISARK operatives in order to dissemble the man she loves. Well Synthetic Illusions turned out to be every bit as good as Artificial Absolutes, with more cyberpunky goodness, cool secondary characters and a great protagonist. Mary Fan is a great sci-fi writer, it may be true that there isn't a great deal of 'hard science' in the book, but she's brilliant at setting a believable future. Thoughts of humanity and God versus science are wonderfully placed alongside action and the book is not dull. Each of the characters are incredibly good, with a new female character, who is so many shades of awesome that I can't tell you. On the flip side, it can get a little confusing at times, but I stress this is not a out and out negative. A brilliantly, exciting read by Mary Fan. I'm off now to buy the third book.
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Jane Colt returns in SYNTHETIC ILLUSIONS where she’s now a composer as she always wanted to be and she’s much happier than she was as an office drone in her father’s company. However, her boyfriend Adam is being haunted by nightmares of his creator, Pandora, and murders committed by other AIs. When Adam’s seminary is attacked, Jane makes the decision to run with Adam to keep him safe from whoever is after him. Jane discovers it is Devin, her beloved brother, who is after Adam, under orders from his new government employer ISARK. Jane refuses to sit idly by when forced to make the most devastating choice – her brother or Adam. However, it seems as if someone else is pulling the strings and it’s up to Jane to discover the truth and save those she loves. SYNTHETIC ILLUSIONS is the stunning sequel to ARTIFICIAL ABSOLUTES. I was so happy to see the characters grow and mature after the events in ARTIFICIAL ABSOLUTES and I enjoyed the new characters introduced in SYNTHETIC ILLUSIONS. Jane’s feistier than ever, especially when it comes to keeping her soulmate, Adam, from the hands of those who wish to take him apart. The action is intense and the author has made it easy, with the detail and care put into world-building, to slip into this truly different world. I’d highly suggest reading ARTIFICIAL ABSOLUTES first. SYNTHETIC ILLUSIONS is a masterpiece of science-fiction adventure!
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
A sequel to the author’s prior book, Artificial Absolutes, this book follows the continuing story of Jane Colt. The Science Fiction genre with all the high tech doodads and strange new worlds (in galaxies far, far away for you Star Wars fans) may account for the surface appeal. But, for me, the part of the story that matters most are those timeless questions and themes that can be viewed in a different way through the prism of the fictional environments where they’re taking place. Synthetic Illusions does that, considering such things as what it really means to be human ¿ is it really a question of flesh and bones or something different? Themes of loyalty and family relationships also figure into the story. Plus, plenty of action, adventure, and battles in space, too. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **