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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
After surviving an attack, a man must trust a group of renegades to hide him. At the same time, he resolves the mystery behind his missing memory in the intriguing science-fiction novel, Effacement by Hieronymus Hawkes. Cole works at BioNarratus, and he is one of the creators of the neurochip, Vitasync. The Vitasync has completely changed how the world's population interacts with technology and each other. Now each moment of every person's life is recorded and logged. Recently people have been dying, and Cole is given the job of determining whether the Vitasync chip is responsible for their deaths. While investigating the phenomena, Cole is attacked, drugged, and his Vitasync chip is removed. When he wakes up in his bed, he has no memory of what had happened in the last few days. Confronted by a media nightmare, Cole is rescued by a lawyer and taken to a compound hidden in the country. While investigating the events that led to his attack, Cole discovers there are aspects of Vitasync he knows nothing about, and someone wants him dead. What is hidden in his memory that threatens someone enough to kill him? Is it related to BioNarratus and Vitasync?
Effacement by Hieronymus Hawkes is a sensational science-fiction thriller set in a dystopian world. Taking place in the near future, the aspects of the story are thought-provoking and a little frightening. With the current popularity of VR, it wasn't too hard to imagine how the storyworld could evolve into reality. Filled with intrigue, suspense, and action, the plot moves at a quick pace. The story's excitement and apprehension continue building from the first page until the astounding conclusion. With the elements of drama and mystery blended with advanced technological aspects, it is an entertaining story that will delight everyone who enjoys science-fiction thrillers.