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The Veiled Web

Catherine Asaro

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ISBN 10: 147084043X / ISBN 13: 9781470840433
Published by Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2013
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Title: The Veiled Web

Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: MP3 CD

Book Condition:New

Edition: Unabridged MP3CD.

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[MP3CD audiobook format in vinyl case.]

Ballerina Lucia del Mar has two great passions: dance, which consumes most of her waking hours, and the Internet, which brings the outside world into her tightly regimented life. These 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 ablaze.

A second, seemingly chance meeting with Rashid plunges 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 Lucia 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?

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Catherine Asaro, author of the popular Skolian Empire series that combines hard science with romance in the far future, explores new territory with The Veiled Web. Set in 2010, this story combines romance, suspense, and cutting-edge computer technology in a Moroccan setting.

Lucia del Mar, the heroine, is an internationally renowned dancer who is also familiar with the latest in Internet technology. At a White House dinner she meets Rashid al-Jazari, a Moroccan businessman who has created a hot new virtual-reality suit and software that could revolutionize Web browsing. A second encounter ends up in an attempt to kidnap Rashid and Lucia, forcing them into hiding at his family's Moroccan home. Here Lucia becomes steadily more attracted to him, even as she chafes at the limitations placed on her as a woman in a traditional Muslim household. She also begins to realize the implications of his work, and how dangerous it could be in the wrong hands.

In this near-future thriller, Asaro considers what makes humans human and the similarities between art and science, balancing ethical and religious beliefs with scientific discoveries that open new possibilities. If you're intrigued by artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and VR, you'll enjoy this one. --Nona Vero

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