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The Veiled Web [Mass Market Paperback]

Catherine Asaro
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Jan 2000
Winner of the Homer Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

Ballerina Lucia del Mar has two great passions: dance, which consumes most of her waking hours, and the World Wide Web, which brings the outside world into her tightly regimented life. Lucia's two passions collide when a White House performance and reception leads to an encounter with handsome Moroccan businessman Rashid al-Jazari, creator of a brilliant technology that has set the Internet rumor mill afire.

A second, seemingly chance meeting with Rashid will plunge Lucia into a deadly world of desire and intrigue. For although his work has implications she cannot foresee, there are those who do understand and would turn its great power to their own destructive purposes. As she is drawn deeper and deeper into Rashid's life and work, cut off from the outside world, she finds herself becoming more attracted to him. But is her seclusion within Rashid's well-guarded Moroccan home intended to ensure her safety...or her silence? And is it already too late to stop the terrible consequences his new technology could unleash?

Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Mm) (Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553581511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553581515
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,072,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 31 Dec 2012
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Asaro manages to bring science and romance together to provide her usual high standard of story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romance is the focus 4 Dec 1999
By David Schlinkert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although Asaro has a following in both Science Fiction and Romance, "The Veiled Web", is first a romance; the Science Fiction content is secondary. Asaro's reoccurring theme of emerging machine intelligence serves as a driver for much of the action in the novel, but story focuses on odd and unlikely meeting and marriage of Lucia del Mar, a ballerina bearing a striking resemblance to (dare I say it?), the good doctor, and a Moroccan software designer. Oh, and we must include his son, Zaki, an electronic "tourist guide", who resents being shutdown. With this nicely paced, well written romance, Asaro forges a link between the romance novel and the international espionage genera. Well met!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reader from Texas 3 Dec 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A terrific read, in a very different way than her "Skolian Saga" books. The characters were well-defined and real. The author did her homework on Islam and AI. In particular, she accurately conveyed a sense of how some Muslims practice Islam without resorting to the usual stereotypes, an approach I found most refreshing.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something to think about no matter what your background 11 Feb 2000
By Jennifer Dunne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An American ballerina and a Moroccan computer scientist enter into a marriage of convenience to escape from kidnappers. She learns about him, his family and his culture while he learns about her and tries to learn who is after them. Meanwhile, the AI entity he's created learns about everything, as they try to prevent anyone from learning about it. The AI proves his true nature in a tear-jerking climax, while the strength of the hero and heroine's love for each other must prove sufficient to overcome their own natures and social conditioning.
In a fresh and exciting turn from her more familiar science fiction epics, Asaro sets The Veiled Web in the near future (2010) on a very recognizable Earth. The book draws on Asaro's experience as a ballet dancer to present a realistic portrait of a dancer's life, without ever becoming weighed down by the details of individual dance steps or procedures. Similarly, just the right level of detail is given about Moroccan culture and architecture, rather than turning into a lecture on Islam or Moroccan history. The level of detail provided for the computer segments suffers slightly from the fast pace of change in that field, but once the basics are covered, Asaro dips into the more advanced AI concepts with the same light finesse she gave ballet and Moroccan culture.
Personally, I found the AI concepts riveting and thoroughly engrossing. The science is explained clearly, but the details can be passed over as more colorful phrases in a foreign language, without impacting the romantic suspense that is the heart of the story.
Most authors would be satisfied with a single rich backdrop, or one weighty set of issues. Not Asaro. It's a tribute to her storytelling skills that she manages to seamlessly weave together three elaborately detailed settings (the world of ballet, Morocco, and cyberspace) and two sets of neatly meshing yet distinct issues (the clash of cultures and religions, and the nature of thought and spirit). Each reader will probably find a different mix of setting and issues of primary interest. But no matter what your background, this book will give you something to think about, and people for which to care.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best NEW book I've read in years 4 Feb 2000
By J. G. Huckenpohler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Just finished reading Catherine Asaro's THE VEILED WEB. Couldn't put it down; she combines depth of characterization with superb action. Both Lucia and Rashid come alive for me, as well as several of the other characters.
As a person with interests in both ballet and computers, and with many friends in intercultural marriages, the total effect on me was much more than the sum of its parts.
I hope to see more of Rashid and Lucia, and their offspring, in the very near future.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A VEILED WEB by Catherine Asaro 5 Mar 2000
By Suzanne Coleburn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Catherine Asaro has created a crossroads for romance and science fiction fans to feast on with her extraordinary new novel, A VEILED WEB. She not only tells a tale involving American ballet star, Lucia del Mar, and a vastly intelligent Moroccan businessman, Rashid al-Jazari, who created a computer system that is revolutionary in scope but shows up the differences in their cultures.
This is a truly fascinating book that will thrill you with edge of your seat adventure as Lucia and Rashid are kidnapped and thrown into a quandary as how to escape their captors. Rashid comes up with a solution and takes Lucia to his home in Morocco as his wife. Here she encounters Rashid's work on artificial intelligence as well as his family and the challenges she has to overcome with being Rashid's wife. Immersed in all this is Lucia's growing attraction for a man not of her culture, her love of dance, which is her life, and her compelling need to talk with Zaki in the Jarizi Suit. This book snags you and doesn't let go for a minute.
This is a book you want to read more than once. To me this is a "Golden Keeper!"
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