This is Jeff’s first book, Metawars, due to be published in August 2012 by Orchard. I was actually very surprised to receive this book as I don't usually get anything from this particular publishing company. I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I first started reading the book. However, I was soon bowled over and captivated.
The story came from a culmination of events such as the Icelandic ash cloud and a speech that David Miliband gave in 2006 about climate change. These are voiced and sited through both the characters and plot. However, not everyone is in agreement with the role of the virtual world even though this could be one possible answer to solving climate change.
I was particularly impressed by the settings; the vibrant virtual Metasphere world and the bleak futuristic world. Both worlds encompass the storyline in different ways, but the way it interchanges between the two is very sophisticated and effective. The description within both settings enables the reader to become immersed within each world and feel apart of them.
This book is an epic fantasy read between two warring factions; both fighting for control. Matthew Granger and his Millennials are the founders and the creators of the Virtual Sphere. They are also the Guardians who want it to be ruled by the 'users' and not just one Government. This is the modern take on the internet supremacy between the big companies such as Google and Apple; both of which have a massive stake in our digital world. A very thought provoking element which becomes embedded within the story to influence the final outcome with a twist at the end.
This is a fast paced story which is full of exciting action sequences that will have any reluctant reader wanting to read more. I really loved the Guardians attack and the use of land yachts as they stormed Ayers Rock to gain control of one of the four corners. This is particularly well written and is very original. Although I did have a slight issue with part of the ending as it felt as if didn't quite fit with the rest of the story. However, I don't want to delve into this any further as it really would spoil it for you. Nevertheless it really doesn't detract from the fact that this book is a superb read. The images that are created within the book reflect that of a cinematic quality. Jeff is definitely both the producer and director of this book.
Whose side are you on?