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(The Cassie Tam Files #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  67 reviews
New Hopeland was built to be the centre of the technological age, but like everywhere else, it has its dark side. Assassins, drug dealers and crooked businessmen form a vital part of the city’s make-up, and sometimes, the police are in too deep themselves to be effective. But hey, there are always other options …

For P.I. Cassie Tam, business has been slow. So, when she’s h
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Published May 8th 2017 by NineStar Press
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Lex Kent
3.5 Stars. This was a pretty good read. I would put the tag of futuristic more than sci-fi on this book, but for some people the terms are interchangeable. This book takes place, on Earth, in the future. I don’t think an exact date was ever given, but it seemed it could be 20+ years ahead. No flying cars and space travel, but the modern tech we have now is ramped up.

Cass is a private investigator and is asked by a woman named Lori to look into the apparent accidental death of her brother. The po
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
3.75 Tech stars

A science-fiction mystery novella set in the near future where the addiction to virtual reality has become normal and tech-shifting is the way to pass the time and indulge into a little escapism.

Cassie Tam is a PI for hire and knows her ways around New Hopeland and its corrupt systems. During a slow spell, she is approached by Lori to investigate the death of her brother who is said to have died on an overdose. The police quickly call the case as another suicide by a VR junkie and
Far be it from author Matt Doyle to color within the lines of genre definitions! ADDICT is a futuristic tale of murder and mayhem in an age of high technology and where there is advancement and success, there is a dark side. That is the side that Private Investigator Cassie Tam works.

Set in the city of New Hopeland, virtual junkies, tech shifters, assassins and drug dealers run amok, often as the local PD turns the other way. Cassie has been hired to investigate the murder of a VR Junkie, becau
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous sci-fi thriller with a murder mystery to boot. Color me happy if you will. This book warmed the cockles of my heart, I haven’t been able to let go of my kindle. I am diving into book 2 as soon as I finish this review. I like reading different books, different genres, mixing it up. This was absolutely the perfect time for me read this cracker of a book.

My first book by Matt Doyle, I am so excited about the second book too, I hope it is as good or better than this one. The story st
3.5 Stars
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Addict is a pretty decent first book in a series. It has an interesting storyline and an interesting female lead. It also contains intriguing types of tech people - the shifters - and tech creatures - hi, Burt. The last third of this book picked up the action too, and Cassie kicked some butt. I'd love to see more of that. I'm also hoping for extra depth and dimension in Cassie Tam Files #2. More character connection and development and world building amongst the tech elements and cr
Christina's Bookshelf
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian

Addict is a futuristic murder/mystery/thriller with a side of lesbian romance. BONUS!!!!

Cassie Tam is hired by Lori Redwood to find out exactly what happened with her brother Ben. Lori found his dead body and the cops ruled it as a suicide. Lori knows her brother was a virtual reality junkie, but she doesn't believe for one moment that he killed himself. Cassie takes the case believing it to be quick; open and shut. The the more clues she found regarding the death of Ben; the more things di
Happy Booker
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Addict is a science fiction story about Cassie Tam. This is the first book of the Cassie Tam Files. The setting of the story is in New Hopeland. Everything is in the future with things like tech shifters and virtual junkies. Cassie is a private investigator and takes on the side jobs which police do not want to get involved with. As she gets into one particular case, what appears to be a very easy situation then becomes complicated. Cassie gets involved and discovers more than what she bargained ...more
Boundless Book Reviews
This is the fourth book I’ve read by Matt Doyle. And also the fourth time he has delivered beyond my expectations! I absolutely love Science Fiction but I have to admit, Addict belongs in a new category; Sci-fi just doesn’t do the words within his pages justice. The best I can do for a review is say “If you don’t read his books, you haven’t read Sci-fi yet.”

Addict, by Matt Doyle, is a huge 5 Boundless Star Book. I highly recommend this, and all, of his books!

Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
New Hopeland is a new world. Cassie Tam takes a case for what she think is an easy case. The case turns out to be more than meets the eye. What an exciting Cyberpunk world the author has created! Murder and mystery are fun to read for me and I enjoyed this book. There was lots of good detail in this book for me on this new world and some great new creature/characters. * I received this book from the author and this is my honest review*
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

Overall this was a decent story but there were definitely some bits I didn't really care for. I like Cassie as a protagonist and the cyber-punk setting is really cool and well-developed. There was not a lot of romance in this first book but I thought it was handled well because Cassie was still getting over her ex while dealing with a possible new attraction to someone else so it make sense for her to move slow. The mystery aspect was pretty fun
Donte McNeal
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I've been a fan of Matt Doyle since I read his debut, Wick, and I haven't been disappointed yet. I'm glad to say that that trend continued with his latest outing, Addict. I loved the Spark Form Chronicles for their engaging characters, the great action and the world that Doyle had created. Addict is more of the same. Well, there aren't any flashy battles, or tournaments, or living machines (and I use machine loosely because Carnival was so much more than that), but I digress. Addict boasts t ...more
Jennifer Tooker
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure, I was provided an advanced copy of this book by the author however I have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own.

Welcome to New Hopeland – American Wasteland

Addict, is a new series by author Matt Doyle and follows Cassie Tam, a Chinese-Canadian transplant from Vancouver to New Hopeland, somewhere in the USA of the future. Built as the technological center of the area, New Hopeland is a mixture of the latest technology, with a few throwback items. It’s nic
Oct 10, 2017 added it
Shelves: lesbian-mystery
Like Jason Halstead’s Kat Wimple series, Addict is set in the future. Unlike Halstead’s books though, Addict doesn’t really feel like it’s set in the future. For one thing, his protagonist, Cassie Tam, doesn’t really like modern conveniences; she likes real blinds, for instance and normal furniture. You’ll find very little Blade Runner futureism here. The few futuristic things he mentions, like tech shifting and online addiction, are light on description. Cassie’s “protector,” a robot gargoyle n ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 stars

I would like to thank the author for providing me with an eBook. It does not, in any way, influences my rating or opinions of the book.

“Religion is sometimes as destructive as our armed forces, but the true believers can be useful tools in the war of peace.”

Addict is the first book in The Cassie Tam files series. The story is set in New Hopeland. Cassie Tam is a private investigator, hired by Lori Redwood to find out what happened with her brother Ben who was a virtual reality
A.M. Leibowitz
This fairly quick read is an interesting take on the future of several present-day pastimes and communities. It’s well-constructed and detailed, but not so much that the plot becomes lost in the world-building.

I liked Cassie right from the start. She’s complex and flawed yet not unlikable. Cassie is well-developed as a character. We don’t really get her backstory until the end, delivered all at once in dialog. I might have liked for it to come up in smaller bits so that we could piece it togethe
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great read this was! It is a rare thing to have a book that you enjoy from page one. Usually it takes a while until the story gets interesting and most books have a slow start that can make some readers DNF it. Not the case here, just one paragraph and I was already immersed in a futuristic noir story. If you haven’t watched a noir film before (black and white detective movie) you might miss some of the charm of this story, at least at the beginning.

The story is about Cassie Tam, a Chines
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique)

The world is constantly evolving. Everyday a new gadget is being introduced to the market. At the same time, news sources can’t go a day without mentioning a story dealing with drugs. Matt Doyle took both topics and ran with it. VR (Virtual Reality) is NOT a thing of the past. You can buy the gadgets at your local department store. In Addict, Matt incorporated Flash7, a VR stimulant, which made today’s virtual reality experience the
J.P. Jackson
I really enjoyed this story. Cassie the PI was owlie and rough, yet you knew deep down she had a tender heart, and of course by the end of the book that shows through.

I also loved the depth of world building and creative use of technology, and kudos to the author for creating advances in tech that I would never have been able to come up with.

I LOVED Bert. That's all I'm going to say because I don't want to include any spoilers. But I will say, I want one!
But then I also want an Ink too. Ha! Soun
Mel Gough
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I really liked the main character. It's rare to find a writer who can keep me hooked with a 1st person POV, and it's virtually unheard of that I don't absolutely detest the way that character describes their appearance. Matt did this beautifully, and I'm impressed!

There was a lot about the MC and her various relationships I liked, but I would've loved it even more if that aspect had been more explored. The story was compelling, too, but more world building would've been nice. I never quite found
Maria Siopis
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I truly admire the style and the technique the author utilized in constructing his novel. In some way Addict reminds me of 1984 by George Orwell. The intrusion of the big corporations has the same effects as the governmental intrusion. Nevertheless, the characters are well developed and even likable. In fact, Cassandra Tam, the PI who unravels the case that the Police Department refuses to touch is absolutely marvelous. Very heavy descriptions of technology that took over the world and created a ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a solid first book in an interesting new series. I enjoyed the world building and the characters. It's so refreshing to find a positive lesbian scifi story. This story is YA accessible (no sex or excessive gore, will definitely recommend to my 15 year old cousin). Highly enjoyable as an adult read. Recommend to everyone. Also, Bert is awesome. Can't wait to hear more of Cassie and Lori's adventures.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in excha
B.A. Brock
My favorite parts were when the action, cyber-punky science fiction, and mystery elements locked into a vivid mental picture. I also appreciated our protagonist, Cassie. She was bad-ass and I wouldn’t mind reading more stories with her in them. The parts that sort of fell apart were the who-done-it aspects of the story, and the romance. The romance was possibly a bit sloppily handled at the end, when I didn't really need it for the story. All in all, a good read. ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an interesting story with a future world that seems like it could exist. The tech tools and shifters were fascinating. Cassie is a kind of a hard-boiled detective but the end shows a softer side of her. The solution to the murder was unexpected; there may have been clues but I missed them. I look forward to the next Cassie Tam story.
Read my full review on my blog, The Story Salve

Actual Rating: 4.5 stars.

*Full Disclosure: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion of the book.*

Addict is a cyberpunk/crime noir novel that follows Cassie Tam as she attempts to solve the mystery surrounding Eddie Redwood’s apparent drug overdose. Along the way, she has to confront her ex-girlfriend, Charlie, and comes to realize her growing feelings for her client, Lori, a Tech Shifter who uses
Kimberly Hicks
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kimberly by: Author, Matt Doyle
Shelves: read-on-kindle
Author, Matt Doyle, contacted Mello & June to review Addict.

Police corruption, government cover-up and video junkies Oh My! Addict had all of that (plus) in this futuristic story.

For Cassie Tam, private investigator, wondering how she was going to pay her rent; going on with life searching through old files and catching up on world events; when she gets a knock at her door that literally changed her life.

Enters client, Lori Redwood. Lori was in distress, of sorts, having just lost her brother
Chelsea Lauren
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie-authors
Matt Doyle has created a world, in which, technological advances are more a part of everyday use than they are today. His future thoughts on technology are not so far-fetched, as most of what's written about already exist in some shape or form. 

In New Hopeland, where the novel takes place, there are Virtual Reality addicts, where drug addicts quite literally live in a different dimension when getting high and there are Tech Shifters, who are people who decide they'd be better suited to live a li
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
~ 3.5 Stars ~

This story is a blend of my two favorite genres, scifi and crime fiction, but it reads as if those elements were two separate stories: the urban science fiction thriller and the who-done-it. Consequently, the worldbuilding was pretty intense. Cyperpunky while also having a teensy bit of a noir feel, it didn’t quite strike me as Blade Runner—it was more urban—but it was close.

In the future, people trade drugs for virtual reality time (which also basically requires drugs to experienc
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If this book doesn't make you a fan of Cassie Tam, you must be one of the few who can resist her.  Intelligent, snarky, confident - and charmingly awkward when dealing with an attractive woman.

The world-building is wildly imaginative and high-tech boasting vivid imagery.  Cassie is presented with a murder case almost immediately, and the author serves up several suspects, each with plausible motives.  I honestly didn't know 'who dun it' until the big reveal, and soon after was unexpectedly throw
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: july-2017-dr
One thing I love in any book is a strong female character. The MC of Addict, Cassie, is just that. She's tough, badass, and exactly how I like my women!

This story takes place in the future, in a place called New Hopeland. That, to me, is such a funny name for it because it doesn't feel very hopeful at all. In the future, there's new technology and old. What I found so fantastic was the fact that technology has become such a huge problem. Nowadays we see the small effects of it. Your power goes
E.M. Hamill
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Already reviewed it on my Elisabeth Hamill profile. Loved it! Sam Spade meets Blade Runner!
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Matt Doyle is a pansexual/genderfluid speculative fiction author and pop culture blogger from the UK. Matt specializes in fiction with a sci-fi grounding and diverse characters.

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