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How could one stray text change the world?
When Otis gets a picture from an old friend, he didn't expect to be tossed into a cross-country investigation to find his friend's killer. He just wanted to go home to his cat.
With the help of a tech investigator, Cynthia Bootwong, Otis finds his murdered friend's work has world changing implications. One's that can send the United
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ebook, 253 pages
Published December 17th 2019 by Evil Minions Publishing
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E.M. Swift-Hook
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Near Future Spec. Fic. Murder Mystery - and More

The murder of a friend and a chance meeting with the enigmatic Cynthia, propels Otis into a world of danger, corruption and political intregue. He has to somehow find out what happened to his friend whilst keeping alive in a near future America divided in two between two forms of corruption - a backwards looking theocracy and a ratings driven high-tech corporate system.

What I enjoyed.
The tech. There are some really cool ideas in this book and many
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E.A. Wicklund
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
iRomance is an interesting book with two very clear aspects. It is a book about a near-future Earth with a romance, investigation, and political intrigue. This is the book I hoped it would be. The other aspect is a treatise on what we could do to make a better society both by ideology and technology, and what forces and ideologies stand in opposition to this potential societal growth.

The way I see it, the book I hoped this would be deserves three-stars; as a treatise on how to create a better so
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Ned Huston
Jan 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Review of iRomance by Darrell B. Nelson

At the beginning of iRomance Otis Taft receives a texted picture of a laboratory from his old college roommate Ken. He doesn’t know it yet but embedded in the picture are clues to why Ken has been murdered. Otis thinks it is coincidental that he has just encountered a woman named Cynthia Bootwong, who strikes up a conversation with him. It does not take him long for him to figure out she is an industrial spy, and he is suspicious of her motives, but he can
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Tristen Kozinski
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
iRomance is a story that begins as a murder mystery/conspiracy and evolves into a spy novel. It transpires in the near future where the conflicting political ideologies have caused America to split, with a minority of states seceding to become the Rural Confederacy. This introduces my largest critique of the book, the Rural Confederacy is basically a distillation, and slight exaggeration, of the negative stereotypes applied to southerners: racism, sexism, homophobia, rampant poverty, obesity, ex ...more
Adam Martin
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This novel has a lot going for it. The atmospheric dialogue between the two hi-tech gumshoes Otis and Cyn is a mix of Q&A, peppered with factoids about technology and clues directly related to the story, in an effort to solve the murder of Otis' old friend Ken who is somehow tied to a hi-tech algae process that has environmental benefits to society.

Mourning the passing of his wife while solving the case, Otis becomes more attracted to Cyn, only to find this hot hi-tech chick is a transvestite. K
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Audrey Driscoll
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adventurous readers
The book is set in the near future – 2030s, maybe. The United States has split into two separate countries, the progressive Urban States of America and the ultra-conservative Rural Confederacy of America, which is mostly southern and rural. They maintain an uneasy coexistence, but anything might trigger a shooting war.

Against this background, a lot of stuff happens to two people. Recent widower Otis is a nice guy accountant from Cincinnati, whose only meaningful relationship is with his cat, Shi
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Stella Jorette
iROMANCE When mild mannered accountant Otis receives a stray text from an old friend, he's pulled into a world of technological and industrial intrigue. The old friend has been brutally murdered. Conveniently, just as he receives this mysterious text, he encounters Cynthia.

Now, when Cynthia entered the picture, I thought the novel would travel down a certain path common to books written by guys for guys because Cynthia's physical appearance is described in detail. She's the classic gorgeous and
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Ron Starke
Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it
iROMANCE has a strong opening with an easy to digest writing style that sucks you into the story from page one. Darrell B. Nelson’s writing style seems to have that near perfect ratio of prose to dialogue, never spending too much time relying on one or the other. The book is well edited and the traditional format is very pleasing to the eye. I cannot stress how much I enjoyed looking at the words on the pages.

At face value, this book starts as a murder mystery. But as the story progresses we div
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Florian Armas
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
iRomance is an ambitious novel, about a future that may or may not come to us in the next ten to fifteen years. It begins with a murder mystery, and evolves slowly into a spy and conspiracy novel. There is technology, a split country (urban against rural) corruption and political intrigue. The book lived up to its meaning in some areas while slipping in others. The Urban Confederacy inherited most good parts of the human society, the Rural is quite the opposite. The difference is somehow too lar ...more
Grady Brown
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an intriguing book with familiar themes everyone could enjoy. The themes include romance, investigation, and political intrigue. All of these themes combine to form a wonderfully complex futuristic world. The story also addresses how society can be improved both in terms of ideology and technology. On the other hand, the book also addresses what kind of forces and ideologies could stand in the way of societal growth. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who is seeking a good s ...more
Bob Blanton
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Maybe we should change our ways!

This is an ambitious novel. It maps out a future where our current political extremes continue to grow. The mystery involved is compelling and the characters are likable. The future is odd, but that’s the point of the book. A nice read to make you think.
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Darrell B. Nelson is a former Securities Broker and Insurance Agent who has decided to use the total meltdown of his former industry, and the total destruction of any illusions of personal financial security the meltdown caused, as an opportunity to pursue a writing career.

His passion for writing was encouraged at a young age by his his mother, who would read to him every night. Fueling his dreams
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