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Fortuna, May 2010
by Michael R. Stevens

Oceanview Publishing
Featuring: Jason Lind
312 pages
ISBN: 1933515775
EAN: 9781933515779
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"Intricately detailed, well-researched exploration of the seduction of the virtual world."

Fresh Fiction Review

Michael R. Stevens

Reviewed by Vicky Gilpin
Posted April 19, 2010


As a grad student at Stanford, Jason Lind leads an active life: computer programming, teaching a course, being a teacher assistant, and sometimes writing papers for pretty girls. So maybe his life is active but not exciting. All of that changes when he becomes immersed in the popular virtual online gaming community in FORTUNA. Quickly, Jason discovers how thoroughly RL (real life) and the game world can merge...and how seriously some people take their games.

A wonderful exploration of the slippery slope of the seduction from a virtual world, FORTUNA is intricately detailed, well-researched, and thoroughly developed.

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Longing for escape from his mundane existence as a Stanford computer science major, Jason Lind signs up to play Fortuna, an online role-playing game set in Renaissance Florence.

From the first, fateful mouse click, Jason tumbles into the vibrant, lush, anonymous world of Fortuna. Swept up in this highly complex, highly addictive game of fame, fortune, and power, Jason quickly transitions from casual gamer to compulsive player.

Soon tangled up in a steamy virtual love triangle, Jason becomes obsessed with breaking Fortuna's code of anonymity. But Fortuna is anything but fun and games, and when a sizable debt incurred in the game spills over into reality, Jason is forced to leverage the legacy of his father, a high-tech legend killed in a car accident years before, to pay off the debt.

What started as a great escape may only leave Jason trapped, as the game that transported Jason deep into the past exposes a shocking, present-day reality.

In the world of Fortuna, it's not how you play the game; it's if you survive.

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