Strange Flesh by Michael Olson
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A profane, heady thriller more startling and compelling than its individual components and influences might demonstrate.
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In this debut thriller for fans of Neal Stephenson and the Millennium Trilogy, a troubled hacker finds himself at the center of a high-stakes revolution in virtual reality.

James Pryce, a hacker at Red Rook Security in Manhattan, has just received his most personal assignment yet. Blythe Randall, the woman who broke his heart in college, has hired him to locate her missing brother, Billy, whose increasingly violent stunts threaten to bring down their family’s billion-dollar media empire. To do so, James must infiltrate Billy’s last known whereabouts: GAME, a programming collective where a group of designers are at work on a top-secret invention that promises a revolutionary advance in sexual technology. James has to find Billy before his final plan is set in motion, but when the GAMErs invite him to their inner circle, his investigation takes a tantalizing—and much more dangerous—turn.
 

About Michael Olson

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Michael Olson graduated from Harvard and worked in investment banking and software engineering before earning a master’s degree from NYU’s Interactive Technology Program, where he designed a locomotion interface for virtual environments.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 418 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Erotica, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Feb 19 2012

A profane, heady thriller more startling and compelling than its individual components and influences might demonstrate.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Thomas Gaughan on Mar 01 2012

Olson skillfully portrays worlds few readers know: quirky computing and robotics geniuses; Harvard’s wealthy, privileged undergraduate royalty; and the surpassingly strange world of online gamers.

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Seattle PI

Below average
Reviewed by Georganna Hancock on Apr 04 2012

No incest, just real life and virtual games and sex, both of them rough.

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StarLit

Good
Reviewed by Jessica Klassen on Mar 28 2012

The book is carried by the cast of secondary characters: the delicate Blythe, her twin brother Blake, the devious Billy, and Olya the Russian vixen.

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SciFi Readers

Good
Mar 27 2012

Olson has a promising career in front of him, based on the quality of the writing and the story.

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