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Death Dream

3.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  165 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Dan Santorini is hired to make sure that Cyber World, the virtual reality theme park of the future, opens on time. All too soon Dan realizes that he and his family are trapped in a nightmare world where dreams can literally come true. Full of insider's knowledge about virtual reality, this novel is a breakthrough thriller.
Paperback, 576 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Spectra (first published 1994)
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Joe Martin
Oct 30, 2012 Joe Martin rated it liked it
This book is horrifying from the very beginning, in the exact same sense that Lost Boys is horrifying. You know something bad will happen to a child and you, as a reader, are powerless to prevent it. You can only watch with mounting dread as events move closer and closer to their appointed end.

Also, it involved Virtual Reality, which is always cool.

The technology was a bit dated. Bova apparently made some guesses about the future and got some right and some wrong. But that was easy enough to ove
Apr 01, 2016 Jenine rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
On one hand this was a very imaginative book, and I enjoyed the sci fi/mystery aspect of it.
On the other, I found the "one guy is obsessed with his cold mother" and another guy is "in love with his sister because they were abused" so tired.
Micky Parise
Dec 31, 2014 Micky Parise rated it it was amazing
Excellent book, excellent writing, characters and story. One of the better books I read in 2014. Recommend highly.
Chad Parker
Aug 03, 2014 Chad Parker rated it it was ok
Ben Bova is usually fantastic. I found this one to be predictable with simplistic and two dimensional characters.
Oct 01, 2015 Orange rated it liked it
wow, what a skewed view of VR! still, not bad.
Scott Holstad
Jul 16, 2014 Scott Holstad rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
This book is creepy. Just creepy. At its core is the subject of pedophilia. That's right. The very famous Ben Bova wrote a book in which one of the characters is actively trying to get to -- sexually -- one of his employees' 12 year old daughter. It's hidden in a virtual reality world. No, not hidden. It's out in the open. Frankly, I got halfway through the book before stopping because it IS interesting, but ultimately I was too grossed out to continue. Oh, and incest. Nice, huh? Definitely not ...more
Apr 08, 2015 Maggie rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
A break away from the usual Bova planetary tales of which I've grown very tired. This story revolves around the world of virtual reality. Lots of intrigue and dirty dealing within the managing company, involving the government and a pedophile. Flat characters, story dragged a bit in the middle. However the final 50 pages were pathetic, and the final final 15 were ridiculous.
Mar 01, 2009 Matt rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a story about a computer programmer who gets employed by a virtual reality software company, only to find that one of the executives is using the virtual reality device to ensnare his under-aged daughter for unspeakable acts.

A novella stretched out to novel length. Kind of disturbing and unfortunately in the realm of possibility.
May 18, 2014 Maddalena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, american
L'avevo letto più di una volta tantissimo tempo fa, e ne conservavo un bellissimo ricordo.
Purtroppo questa rilettura in lingua originale mi ha parecchio deluso; la storia rimane molto interessante, ma purtroppo lo stile è... non so bene come definirlo, forse più da libro d'azione che di fantascienza, insomma, ed è un peccato.
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Ben Bova was born on November 8, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1953, while attending Temple University, he married Rosa Cucinotta, they had a son and a daughter. He would later divorce Rosa in 1974. In that same year he married Barbara Berson Rose.

Bova is an avid fencer and organized Avco Everett's fencing club. He is an environmentalist, but rejects Luddism.

Bova was a technical writer fo
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