Ghost Rain

The End of Reality Book 1

Fiction - Science Fiction
326 Pages
Reviewed on 06/20/2016
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Reviewed by Charles Remington for Readers' Favorite

Raj wakes in a sterile room housing what seems to be hundreds of white beds, which are also occupied by confused waking individual men and women. It is far into the future and a computer programme has developed a way of bringing some stored humanity back to life. Ghost Rain by Paul Pereira introduces Library, or Lib as she likes to be called, a computer program which, together with an army of nanobots, has created three secure habitats dotted around the world where the re-born humans can take time to adjust to their new circumstances. It seems like Eden, but there is an enemy lurking in the shadows, a powerful counter program determined to wipe out what it sees as a violent destructive species and protect the planet from its second coming. Slowly the re-born humans acclimatize to their new surroundings, developing relationships and creating new communities, though some are haunted by random memories and flashbacks from their previous life.

We learn how one all-powerful digital corporation developed a method of transferring individual consciousness to a virtual world, and how those who could afford it flocked to a new life where they could expect to survive indefinitely, have all their diseases or defects fixed, and their appearances improved in any way imaginable. As the bulk of the population moved to this new and exciting digital world, the remaining population fell apart and, beset by wars and disease, the human race as a species ceased to exist. That is, until Library takes the initiative to re-boot the race, but can she protect her new protégés from the threat posed by the counter program stalking the settlements? Can the new breed of humans survive and multiply?

In Ghost Rain, Paul Pereira has developed some interesting, original and credible ideas. It is easy to see how we imperfect humans would be attracted to a virtual world where we could enjoy a comfortable and possibly eternal life, free from defect and disease. It is also easy to see how the corporation which has developed this world could become rich and powerful far beyond nations and governments. Mr Pereira has presented a fresh new voice in the science fiction genre and I look forward to hearing more from him.

Ray Simmons

I often wonder where the whole internet/virtual reality/artificial intelligence thing will lead us. I guess a lot of people do since there are numerous books out there on the subject. One of the most thoughtful I have come across in a long time is Ghost Rain by Paul Pereira. Ghost Rain is highly symbolic, even poetic, and reminded me at times of the writing of Orson Scott Card. What happens when we solve all the problems? What happens when everyone chooses to live in a virtual world instead of reality? Paul Pereira gives us his take on these questions and it's fascinating to read.

The humans in Ghost Rain are definitely still human, but they are in many ways a little more innocent than most people really are. Their memories and knowledge of the world seem limited and that limits them as people. The two most human and interesting characters in Ghost Rain are Lib and Y. They are the main protagonist and antagonist. They are human because they have intense conflict, dreams, and goals. But guess what? They are AIs. An interesting vision of the future of human evolution makes Ghost Rain a must-read for people concerned about what will happen when the next step in human evolution is achieved and the singularity becomes a reality. Paul Pereira offers some answers in a tale that sometimes reads like the war between God and Satan. Ghost Rain is very well written and very well thought out. Science fiction fans will enjoy it and look forward to the next book in the End of Reality series.

Tracy Slowiak

In an interesting and creative work by debut author Paul Pereira, Ghost Rain, the first book in the planned The End of Reality series is a story that will grab readers from the very first page and will keep them turning the pages all the way through until the very end. Taking place in the future, the story revolves around the work of the digiEarth corporation, which has been focused on creating human uploads and a digital world that is indistinguishable from the actual one. Millions eventually migrate to the virtual world, determined to live without disease and death in this "perfect" environment. But what are they really getting themselves into? And what is the true aim of the digiEarth corporation? You'll need to read this fascinating book to find out.

I very much enjoyed Ghost Rain. Author Paul Pereira has done a great job in creating a truly unique read in the highly competitive science fiction market, and many will find his story line scary in that it seems very possible. His story telling and world creation abilities are simply superb and readers will often feel as if they can simply slip through the pages to the world of digiEarth. Any reader who enjoys science fiction, mysteries, adventure stories or thrillers should certainly give this book a chance. I highly recommend Ghost Rain, and certainly look forward to reading more from this very promising author and very promising series as soon as something is available!