Five star review for the new edition on Amazon.co.uk
One of the best near-future SF books I have ever read, 18 Aug 2008
"I came across this book in a second-hand book shop a few years back. I found the theme of AI, Mythology, Ireland and martial arts compelling. The characters have depth and flaws and the plot moves along at a gripping pace - so much so I read the book in one sitting. Afterwards I went out and bought copies for friends and family; My father (God rest his soul), never a Sci-Fi fan really enjoyed the series - its just a pity he never lived long enough to read the last in the series.
A really enjoyable book which I keep re-reading"
Following its original publication by Poolbeg Press and selection as "Book of the Month" by the Easons book chain, Virtually Maria received a number of rave reviews as follows:
"John Joyce is an award-winning journalist and children's author whose novel, Virtually Maria was published to great critical acclaim."
(Ireland On Sunday)
"John Joyce takes us through never-ending webs of betrayal and deceit in a taughtly plotted thriller."
(Irish News - Belfast)
"Although the author suggests that his first novel is less a high-technology adventure than a love story, Virtually Maria is, principally, a very slick fish in the growing pool of cyber thrillers . . . complex, vivacious plot . . . the main thrust of the narrative is irrepressible and surprisingly irresistible."
" . . . the story tugs together the traditional elements of the thriller genre - love, betrayal, high finance, corruption - and adds a heroine created entirely from the cold circuitry of technology into a living, breathing entity vital to the progress and ultimate conclusion of the plot . . .While Joyce does display a sure hand in the suspense and excitement that are the prime requirements of any thriller, it is in thechnological detail, made enjoyably digestible for the reader, that he scores his highest points . . ."
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