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Hybrid Mechanics by Daniel Verastiqui
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"The premise of this book really appealed to me. I've thought from time to time that this world in which we live sometimes doesn't make sense." - Hikes in Rain

"Keeps the reader intrigued throughout with enough twists and turns to keep the pages turning." - Curtis VanDerwerken

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Welcome to the fifth book of the Vinestead Anthology, a fast-paced cyber-thriller that explores a future where organics and synthetics fight to steer the course of human evolution.

Open your eyes, my son, and behold the machinery of the world…

Armando Carrillo has always lived with the nagging feeling that the world wasn’t real, but he never expected to wake up naked in an abandoned underground bunker with a computer screen behind him flashing the words CLIENT DISCONNECTED.

After the discovery that his life in Austin, Texas was nothing more than a computer simulation, Armando must unravel the mystery of his true existence and figure out who put him in the simulation in the first place, and more importantly, why.

With ancient generators spewing noxious gasses into the underground facility and massive screens flashing ominous warnings, Armando will have to find a way to escape his cavernous tomb, not only to save his life, but the lives of the three other Austinites who were plugged in with him.

Set in the Vinestead Universe and brimming with twists and clever one-liners, Hybrid Mechanics is another irresistible mash-up of technology, mystery, gunplay, and subtle sexual tension from Science Fiction author Daniel Verastiqui.

Science Fiction | pages | ISBN: 978-1790166503 | 2019-04-08

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      name: Bob B.
     stamp: 2019-05-17
     stars: 5
     title: My new favorite
   content: My new favorite book by Daniel Verastiqui. I was wondering since the cover blurb gives away some of what the story is about. But even though you think you know where it's going, there are some surprises. All in all, a fun story and well written. A lot of Austin, TX references, if you're into that.

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      name: Jared Harper
     stamp: 2019-10-28
     stars: 4
     title: A clever, thrilling read
   content: This is a fun book. There were quite a few times I thought it was getting rather predictable before something happened to prove me wrong. Full of ingenuity. The author does an excellent job during the thriller portions. Some exposition here and there, but overall necessary to understand the greater Vinestead Anthology universe (this is the fourth book in the series I've read).

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      name: Megan Allen
     stamp: 2019-08-23
     stars: 4
   content: Fun book to read, really draws you in to the world and the characters. Left me wanting to read more! A little extra on the swearing.

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      name: Callie
     stamp: 2019-05-12
     stars: 5
     title: Nice book
   content: I really enjoyed this book!

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      name: Rita VanDerwerken
     stamp: 2019-08-29
     stars: 5
     title: Another great work from Daniel
   content: The 5th book in the Vinestead Anthology did not disappoint... great character development and story line. Keeps the reader intrigued throughout with enough twists and turns to keep the pages turning. I cannot wait for the next installment to see where Daniel takes us next.

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