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Fortuna    by Michael. R. Stevens order for
by Michael. R. Stevens
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Oceanview, 2010 (2010)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

If you are savvy in using the computer, Michael R. Stevens' Fortuna will captivate you. It is 'an innovative, high-tech thriller which introduces Jason Lind, a bored Stanford computer science major.' But if, as in my case, computers are not really your thing, you will become entranced anyway by the mystery involved. Either way, you're on a ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Jason enters the Renaissance period the 1400s of Florence, Italy in the role-playing game Fortuna. He soon finds that even the cyber world is not as it appears on the surface there are intrigues that result in murder, fraud, embezzlement - whatever role-playing gamers can use to gain more and more money and power. Rather like today.

At any rate, Jason becomes so involved, he ends up owing lots of real life dollars and tries to find his way out of his dilemma. His father is dead but his father's company, Global Packet Control, prospers. So Jason approaches his father's partner for a job and stumbles onto a bigger hoax than he had believed possible. Jason is a bright young man, who then takes advantage of his stumble.

Fortuna is an intriguing story of today's cyber world tied into the everyday world. And an intriguing mind wrote this book.

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