Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication Date: February 21, 2013
Origins: From Author for Review
Book Links: Amazon
Synopsis: Jane Colt is just another recent college grad working as an Interstellar Confederation office drone—until the day she witnesses her best friend, Adam, kidnapped by a mysterious criminal. An extensive cover-up thwarts her efforts to report the crime, shaking her trust in the authorities. Only her older brother, Devin, believes her account.
Devin hopes to leave behind his violent past and find peace in a marriage to the woman he loves. That hope shatters when he discovers a shocking secret that causes him to be framed for murder.
With little more than a cocky attitude, Jane leaves everything she knows to flee with Devin, racing through the most lawless corners of the galaxy as she searches for Adam and proof of her brother’s innocence. Her journey uncovers truths about both of them, leading her to wonder just how much she doesn’t know about the people she loves.
Series: Artificial Absolutes (1), Synthetic Illusions (2)
Review: Devin and Jane Colt are the heirs to the Colt family corporation. However, neither one of them has ever lived up to their father’s expectations. Devin had been involved with criminal elements when he was younger and Jane dreamed of being a singer/songwriter. Now they both work for their family’s company and toe the line. Devin’s dating a beautiful singer and Jane’s best friend is a cleric. When Jane witnesses her friend Adam being kidnapped by an unknown enemy, she is told she made it all up. The only one who believes her is Devin. When the enemy conspires to have Devin framed for murder, they run and with the help of some unlikely allies, they search for the true face of evil.
ARTIFICIAL ABSOLUTES is set in the future, where the original Earth (Earth Zero) is a long distant memory. Dark secrets lurk in the heart of the Colt family, but when Jane sees her best friend being kidnapped she knows her brother can help. On the run, Devin and Jane discover the nature of the evil hunting them. Shaken and surprised, they face the evolution of consciousness in unexpected way. I loved the juxtaposition of artificial intelligence and physical world. ARTIFICIAL ABSOLUTES will make you question the nature of reality. The characters, both main and secondary, were very well developed and the action takes you through the story seamlessly. ARTIFICIAL ABSOLUTES is a very enjoyable and thought-provoking story!