Release Date: 02/05/11
A time flux, a time of change. While mankind is adjusting to its first ever encounter with an alien civilisation - the Bryzaens - black-ops specialist Jim Leyton reluctantly allies himself with a mysterious visitation in order to rescue the woman he loves. This brings him into direct conflict with former employers: the United League of Allied Worlds. Scientist and businessman Philip Kaufman is fast discovering there is more to the virtual world than he ever realised, but it soon becomes clear that all is not well within the realm of Virtuality. Truth is hidden beneath lies and there are games being played, deadly games with far reaching consequences. Both men begin to suspect that the much heralded 'First Contact' is anything but first contact, and that a sinister con is being perpetrated with the whole of humankind as the victim. Now all they have to do is prove it.
To many, Ian Whates is the archetypal Marmite author, which is to say that you either love him or hate him. Personally I love his writing style, I enjoy the characters and what he does is take me on a journey where survivability can come down to a flip of fates coin. What he does, in this the second Noise novel is carry on building the intricate universe that the series is constructed in, works heavily on character development and also manages to keep the tale light enough so that the reader can enjoy the fast pace alongside prose that he has utilised within.
Finally add to this some reasonable combat sequences, a good sense of pace and the reader will end up with a satisfactory value for money title that will leave them nicely sated by the tales end. Good stuff.