From the Shadows by KB Shaw
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...the story sags a bit in the second half due to the introduction of a game called “time tag,” a neat idea, but one that distracts too much from the plot. Some readers may be dismayed at the all-too-abrupt ending, as well. But most will find this novel to be an intelligent, inspiring adventure with fully formed characters.
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"AN INSTANT CLASSIC" -- ReadersFavorite.com"A THOUGHTFUL, INTELLIGENT WORK" -- OnlineBookClub.org"THIS SERIES HAS A CHANCE TO MAKE IT BIG" -- SFReader.com"MORE THAN MERELY A GREAT STORY" -- LongAndShortReviews.com
This ReadersFavorite.com Book Award Finalist is an exciting science fiction adventure for readers 12 and up. Adults: Share your love of science fiction with your child or grandchild. Young readers: share it with your parents, grandparents, friends, and teachers.

Inthe near future... 
 
"There is peace in the worldand civility reigns. It's like our idealistic misconception of the 1950s hasbecome real."  -- Hector Garza, President of the United States
 
GundTechis a giant international corporation based in Oslo, Norway. Its success is built upon the work of awunderkind who created the multiCom computer, with an Artificial Intelligence(AI) personality at its core. Under the pretext of protecting the privacy of the young genius, thecorporation has never divulged hisor her identity.
 
MultiComsare pervasive throughout society. They're at work, in schools, and in homes. It has become tradition that users name their multiComs.Personal AIs often adopt the surname of their primary user.  A peculiarity of themultiCom AI is that it will only respond if userrequests contain a 'please' and are acknowledged with a 'thank you.' Evenpresidents and prime ministers must be polite to their multiComs. Somesociologists claim that the basic decency requirementshave contributed tocivility in contemporary society.
 
Now, sixteen years later,the reclusive former child prodigy is about to unleash a technologicalrevolution that could threaten a peaceful world. The InteractiveHolographic Transporter (IHT)may render the current computing industry obsolete,instantly shaking the world economy to its core. IHT technology may also bephysically dangerous and pose a threat to personal privacy.
 
When GundTech introduces theIHT, they also announce the formation of an IHT academy that will allow select students from around the world to takepart in a virtual class. These events set two teens on a path that will entwine their lives withthose of a young reporterand the former child prodigy.
 
Cameron Rushand Rosa Costas are bestfriends, even though they have never met in person. Cameron lives in Troy, asmall town in Wisconsin, while Rosa lives on a ranch outside Albuquerque, New Mexico. Unabashedtechnology geeks, they become friends on the comNet while competing in acontest sponsored by GundTech. They are typical fifteen-year-olds living intheir isolated worlds offamily, school and friends.
 
Cameron's schoolmates callhim boring. He's an A/B student, second-seat trumpet in the school band,fourth-string halfback, and tenth-man on the basketball team. He isunbelievably meek and takes grief for it from others. Helikes a challenge.
 
At 5'-1", Rosa Costas is vivacious and petite. She is as outgoing asCameron is meek.  A friend once describedher as "a hundred-pound package wrapped in a ton of personality." Rosa is alsodeceptively tough. Her mantel full of rodeo trophies attests to this fact.  On the weekends andduring vacations, she works as a cowgirl on a ranch. She is adept at languagesand, like Cameron, enjoys solving puzzles and overcoming challenges.
 
Meagan Fletcher,technology reporter for the World Broadband Network, has never named hermultiCom AI. Because she knows the potential dangers technology can pose, sheprefers to use her multiCom in manual mode, bypassing the AI altogether. Shedoesn't trust it--and she trusts GundTech even less.It is a company that seems too good to be true. Meaganis on a mission to expose the mysterious inventor behind GundTech and discoverthe computer company's true intent.
 
As Rosa, Cameron, and Meagan race toward their destiny, they are oblivious to the dangersthat lie ahead.
 

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Published March 7, 2014 by iPulpFiction.com. 327 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Feb 16 2017

...the story sags a bit in the second half due to the introduction of a game called “time tag,” a neat idea, but one that distracts too much from the plot. Some readers may be dismayed at the all-too-abrupt ending, as well. But most will find this novel to be an intelligent, inspiring adventure with fully formed characters.

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