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Supernatural thriller - tense and teasing
on 1 August 2013
After losing his wife in a road accident, Jake is left with the torture of loss and grief, and the mystery of his wife's final words.
He creates ANDEE, an innovative and somewhat frightening computer which enables him to watch and experience the mysterious elements of what he calls NDEs - Near Death Experiences. He pursues this research and dangerous work because he wants - NEEDS - to talk to his dead wife. But this is a goal that costs him subservience to his military sponsors (whose devious plans are beyond menacing), the discovery of things perhaps better left unknown, and the safety of those he most needs and cares about.
Interspersed with a nicely depicted romance following his meeting with Madison, this is a complex story of life after death, and the possibilities of the afterlife. It poses very clever hypotheses about what happens to us in our final moments of mortal existence.
This is a very intelligently written story, involving complex science fictional propositions with cleverly illustrated technical detailing. It is also a story with a stark warning label: be careful what you mess with...the consequences can be dangerously ominous.