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Suspense Central: The Digital Dead by Bruce Balfour

This group meets on the second Monday of each month to discuss a specific mystery, horror, or intrigue novel.

Join Moderator Aurelia Long as we discuss this month's featured selection, The Digital Dead by Bruce Balfour.

Bruce Balfour, the national bestselling author of The Forge of Mars, brings us to a future age in which virtual versions of the dead control the desires of those they've left behind-with terrifying results.

Elysian Fields is a new company promising eternal life. Simply implant a computer chip at the back of your neck, and when you die an electronic copy of your personality will be able to live forever in a computer-generated afterlife. But virtual versions of the dead can control the desires of those they've left behind--and also reveal priceless secrets.

NASA researcher Tau Wolfsinger and his archaeologist girlfriend Kate suddenly find themselves trapped in a conspiracy to take over the U.S. presidency. Centering around Elysian Fields, it involves the new religion of a virtual-reality Entity, eco-cultists who survive through cybernetic implants that allow them to photosynthesize, and an incredibly powerful and malevolent artificial intelligence. To get to the truth, Tau and Kate will have to face them all as they prepare to cross the digital divide between life and death itself.

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