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Wilson, F. Paul; Costello, Matthew J.

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ISBN 10: 0446519766 / ISBN 13: 9780446519762
Published by Warner Books, Inc., New York, NY, U.S.A., 1996
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Signed by F. Paul Wilson on title page in black fountain ink. New, unread copy, in fine, mylar-protected dust jacket. M30. Bookseller Inventory # 9844

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Publisher: Warner Books, Inc., New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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Dedicated young Julie Gordon has no time for anything except her work. A leading research scientist at just twenty-eight, Julie has created the most exciting virtual reality program ever: a computer-enhanced, 3-D voyage into a subject's mind, where memories become a surreal landscape of people, places, and events from the past. The memoryscape is a disturbing, exciting place, where the erotic mixes with the innocent, the mysterious with the mundane.
The program is still highly experimental when Julie receives the shocking news that her estranged twin sister, Samantha, is in a coma. No one, not even the best doctors, can determine the cause of her condition. Nonetheless, Samantha is losing brain function, dying little by little. The only hope is for Julie to delve into the fractured maze of Samantha's mind with her experimental program.
Deep in the devastated memoryscape of her sister's brain, Julie comes to understand her twin better in near-death than she ever did in life. The exploration becomes a voyage of self-discovery that leads her to the staggering realization that someone has tried to kill her sister. Now Julie must find out who, how, and why before all the precious information is irretrievably lost and Samantha's mind is destroyed forever. Even when - at the heart of Sam's memoryscape - she learns that she herself is in danger, and that the nightmare has only begun....

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The Wilson-Costello team turns out a medical thriller about memory that echoes the wonderfully trashy psychological suspense of Hitchcock's Spellbound updated as a computer game. This is Wilson's second novel featuring female twins in peril (Sibs, 1991), while novelist Costello's The 7th Guest is the bestselling CD-ROM interactive drama of all time. Here, neurophysiologist Julie Gordon, 27, and a fellow doctor have devised a virtual reality scanner that can enter a patient's memory and record it visually on a VCR while a guide hooked up to the scanner also enters and participates in the patient's memories. Julie's an intellectual cold fish, friendless and loveless, but when her overemotive twin sister Samantha falls into a mysterious coma in Paris, Julie decides to enter Samantha's memory and try to locate the missing neural pathway that has shut down Samantha's conscious mind. Samantha's memories focus on traumatic events leading up to her coma, but the memories themselves are often symbolic visualizations that have to be interpreted by Samantha's shrink, Dr. Alma Evans, who both watches the visualizations in progress on the VCR monitor and later reviews them on tape. The central event in the twins' memories is the house fire in which their parents died--a fire the twins witnessed when they were five. If parts of that horror have been blocked from recall, has their sudden eruption caused Samantha's coma? The twins were raised by their father's brother, warm, fatherly Eathan, who, as their guardian, supervises their $2 million insurance inheritance and trust fund. When Julie discovers that Eathan was also their father's twin, the game's afoot. Samantha's lover, Liam O'Donnell, pursued by Scotland Yard (he may be an Irish terrorist), shows up. Then Dr. Evans, having untangled the symbolic knot of twins upon twins, dies under very suspicious circumstances. If this isn't movie-bound, Hollywood needs a brain transplant. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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