Futuristic Technology Meets an Old-Style Detective Story

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The thriller Virtual Death is an official entry at this year’s American Library Association Annual Book Exhibit to be held at Washington, DC (June 25-28)

Although most people would automatically assume this to be a sci-fi novel because of its cool and scientifically-plausible technology, in the end, Virtual Death is more a cautionary tale that poses the question of ‘what would any of us do if given the chance to play God?’

In a thrilling new novel, Virginia-based author Morgan R. Bramlet creates a technology that allows anyone to go anywhere, do anything, and be anyone—an unrealistic and ambitious experience made absolutely real. Or is it? Readers will discover the truth behind this paradox in Virtual Death, an Xlibris release.

The tale begins when a powerful international software company, Io Corporation, develops the ultimate virtual experience technology and is on the verge of creating the world’s first multi-trillion-dollar industry as a result. Just days before the technology is to be unveiled to the world, however, people from Io’s test subject group begin dying mysteriously. Virtual death inside the system means real death in the real world. The police captain in charge of the case, Dan Garrity, has been ordered by his superiors to keep the murders quiet and out of the press. Virgil Colton, a retired homicide detective and former serial hunter, is brought in to catch the killer before the technology is launched and millions of people are placed in mortal danger. The story continues with riveting experiences that keep the reader on the edge of his seat as Virgil tracks down the elusive serial killer through cyber space.

“There are scores of stories that use VR technology but, first and foremost, I wanted to tell a great detective story that’s also infused with a real sense of how a virtual technology would work,” noted Bramlet, “Virtual Death pits a technologically empowered cyber serial killer against an old style detective. Virgil tracks the killer with a single-minded perseverance no matter where the hunt leads or what the cost.”.

Set primarily in San Francisco, the novel incorporates a host of exotic and period virtual locales including realistic depictions of the Jurassic period, medieval England, 1940s Los Angeles, World War II Europe and even the lost city of Atlantis. However, even with the surreal elements interwoven throughout the storyline, the novel never loses sight of the corporate intrigue and personal demons that drive the actions of its colorful, yet extremely human, characters.

“Although most people would automatically assume this to be a sci-fi novel because of its cool and scientifically-plausible technology, in the end, Virtual Death is more a cautionary tale that poses the question of ‘what would any of us do if given the chance to play God?’” Bramlet concluded.

About the Author
Morgan R. Bramlet is a marketing and branding executive who has specialized in the high tech, biotech, software and telecommunications industries. He has worked with some of the largest technology companies in the world and enjoys film making, photography, art and physical fitness. He is currently working on his second novel. Mr. Bramlet lives in McLean, Virginia, with his wife and children.

For inquiries please contact Eileen Clark at 571-228-1906 or send a message to eileen@aol.com

Virtual Death* by Morgan R. Bramlet
Publication Date: July 28, 2009
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 426 pages; 978-1-4363-8450-6
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 426 pages; 978-1-4363-8451-3
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4500-8153-5

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