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He was uneducated, but he was a voracious reader. I remember going through his bookshelves of paperback sci-fi novels, smelling musty old paper, pulling Piers Anthony and Isaac Asimov off shelf and promising to bring them back. I was fascinated by robots that could think and act like people.

What happened when they died? I'm a cynical reader. I'd rather sail a boat than climb a mountain. That's the sort of stuff I want to write, not the assigned reading we got in school.

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I want to create stories that kept you up late. Having a story unfold inside your head is an experience different than reading. You connect with characters in a deeper, more meaningful way. You feel them, empathize with them, cheer for them and even mourn. The challenge is to get the reader to experience the same thing, even if it's only a fraction of what the writer feels. My first step as a novelist began when I developed a story to encourage my young son to read. This story became The Socket Greeny Saga. Socket tapped into my lifetime fascination with consciousness and identity, but this character does it from a young adult's struggle with his place in the world.

After Socket, I thought I was done with fiction. But then the ideas kept coming, and I kept writing. Most of my work investigates the human condition and the meaning of life, but not in ordinary fashion. About half of my work is Young Adult Socket Greeny, Claus, Foreverland because it speaks to that age of indecision and the struggle with identity.

But I like to venture into adult fiction Halfskin, Drayton so I can cuss. Either way, I like to be entertaining. And I'm a big fan of plot twists. Socket's story is not just about self-discovery. Disclosure of Material Connection: Feb 19, Rose rated it liked it Shelves: While this was an interesting story that kept me turning pages, I didn't fall in love with it like I did with Bertauski's The Annihilation of Foreverland. With that one, I absolutely HAD to have the next in the series immediately.

With Socket Greeny, I bought the series as a set so I already have the next book, but I don't have that overwhelming desire to read it. In most of my reviews, I normally give a briefing of what happened in story but in this case there is no point. Read the synopsis - i While this was an interesting story that kept me turning pages, I didn't fall in love with it like I did with Bertauski's The Annihilation of Foreverland. Read the synopsis - it's basically the whole thing. I thought the book may have gone into more detail on the Paladin Nation and how they came to be but there is nothing.

Somehow advanced humans live on Earth, have contact with alien species, have super-powers, evolved alongside us regular humans but we never noticed them. Sorry, not totally buying it. I need more to go on. The story is told from the protagonist's Socket Greeny point of view. I have no problem with reading first person but you have to be careful when you write this way. If the POV is unconscious, you cannot continue with details of what's happening when they shouldn't know. This happened once in this story and it really pulled me out. I find these things annoying and should have been caught by an editor, beta-reader, or anyone who had their hands on it before publishing.

I did like this story and I will continue with the series but I wouldn't recommend it to everyone. You have to be able to suspend disbelief and overlook small anomalies such as the aforementioned. May 20, ILoveBooks rated it really liked it. This novel presents a very possible reality, where technology is at the forefront and everyone and everything revolves around technology. Socket, the main character, will appear likable to the reader. His two best friends, Chute and Streeter, make for good supporting characters. Chute is the more likable of the two while Streeter, a brilliant hacker, lusts after Socket's girlfriend.

Socket and his friends endure an attack, his "sim" is badly damaged. It is on this prophetic day that he discovers This novel presents a very possible reality, where technology is at the forefront and everyone and everything revolves around technology. It is on this prophetic day that he discovers he can feel and and touch in virtual mode-a feat which should be impossible. After this day, Socket learns about his past and his parents in great, excruciating detail; he faces danger around every turn of the page. The world the author creates could easily appear great to the reader.

Who wouldn't want to transform themselves into any sort of person they wanted to be? The plot is excellent, a great idea for this technology-driven society. The characters will affect the reader separately. Some appear to support Socket throughout his many disappearances and problems while others, especially his mother, will leave the reader with a cold feeling. The reader will always remember that there lurks a traitor somewhere within the pages of this intriguing book. This novel is terrific for young adult and adults who enjoy mystery, action, drama, and a novel that touches on a possible future outcome for our own society.

I received this book to review; this in no way affects my review or thoughts on this novel. May 23, Elle Ligia rated it liked it Shelves: I think this is the first time I read a science fiction book, and that is both good and bad. Yet —to my surprise —I found Discovery of Socket Greeny to be rather interesting and entertaining.

My first reaction to Virtualmode was: I can be like that sometimes. My brain just shuts down and no real useful word I think this is the first time I read a science fiction book, and that is both good and bad. My brain just shuts down and no real useful word comes out. Putting that aside, it was really cool, okay!? Discovery of Socket Greeny was overall a really great story. Socket was a really likeable character, and the way he acted and spoke made him really believable. I had a little bit of a problem with all the technology. Though I consider myself fairly aquatinted with it, I did find myself in a riddle sometimes with all the new terms and devices.

I found that I could picture scenes with clarity and I simply loved that. I loved Chute to death, such a strong character! May 28, Rachel's Book Reviews rated it it was amazing Shelves: After school, he hops into the virtualmode a virtual world of fighting and lives for the adrenaline rush. In fact, he practically prefers virtualmode to reality. One day, his reality or is it his virtualmode?

He learns exactly what his mother does; she works for The Paladin Agency. Who knew his mom worked for a whole different dimension? I love Socket Greeny and his story to death. The negatives are a medium amount of cussing and a handful or so of innuendos. I absolutely recommend this for science fiction fans. Socket Greeny is a normal teen. He enjoys video games over home work and virtual mode over class work.

He and his friends Skeeter and Chute enjoy a good hack into other worlds in Virtual Mode. But little did Socket know soon his real life would be hacked into and he would disappear into another world he didn't even know existed. Socket Greeny is the future of the world but only his Mom and few friends of his Dad know it. Can Socket handle the weight of the world on his shoulders or does this new Socket Greeny is a normal teen. Can Socket handle the weight of the world on his shoulders or does this new world get the best of him? This book was great.

From start to finish there was not a dull moment. Of course not, this book is about teens. But not only that the author filled this world with interesting beings and characters that captured you from the start. This book is part of a Trilogy and immediately after I finished it I bought the other 2 books. I recommend this book for anyone who likes a good interesting story regardless of your favorite genre, this is one to read!

May 27, Tiffany rated it it was amazing. I really love this book! It was interesting and completely original. There were a handful of grammatical errors, like spelling, in the beginning but that soon faded out about halfway through the book. I liked how the characters were nicely developed and the details provided great description, appealing to all the senses well, imagination wise anyways.

It felt like I was peeking into a whole nother world! I'd recommend this book to anyone! Dec 21, L. Article first published as Book Review: As technology takes hold in the world of today, imagine a world of tomorrow where virtual mode is used in every school system in the land. Leaving skin behind and entering into the internet, taking on a sim as a body, being who or whatever you want.

But certain areas are approved through the schools and yet as with any rule, these are made to be broken, and other areas are hacked into, and sma Article first published as Book Review: But certain areas are approved through the schools and yet as with any rule, these are made to be broken, and other areas are hacked into, and small private wars are fought with other schools. Streeter is the one with the computer savvy, and also the hacker extraordinaire. On a day like any other, as they find themselves in their hacked universe, a small war ensues with the rival school.

He can feel, and touch, which should be impossible in virtual mode. This is only simulation and not real and yet, it feels real.


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No pain but definitely real. He sees a shadow of someone familiar, and yet his friends have no idea, they cannot see or hear anything unusual. But they do know that Socket is acting odd, talking to no one that is there. As they are attacked once more, Socket pulls from deep inside and causes time to stand still; giving his team time to get together, but with the stand still, the earth begins to split, right up the middle, enclosing everything in its path.

He blacks out and when he awakes he is back in his chair at school, the virtual mode is down and all hell has broken loose. And he feels wrong somehow. Everything is different, as he and his friends Chute and Streeter are escorted to the office for creating problems, he finds that his mom has called and will be picking him up.

Now he knows that trouble has found him, and yet, when she picks him up she does not comment on his day. She takes him to her place of work.


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  • Here she introduces him to some of the people that she works for, and he finds that he will be tested and probed for his experiences and his thoughts. His life as he knows it has just taken a huge curve, and he will be tested beyond endurance, and learn things about his parents that he never knew. He is in danger at every turn, and he continues to outpace his guides, in a game of life and death. Will he be able to help save the human race, or is it too late.

    Has it all been left too long? Will he ever be able to see Streeter and Chute again? Everything you want to do and whoever you want to be is possible. He sets up a group of heroes, shining knights if you will, a group of those with extraordinary powers who have chosen to save the human race. Time is of the essence and Socket has become a part of a larger picture, one he is not ready for. But who is he to trust when it is known that there is a traitor in their midst. He is pulled away from everything he knows and from his friends from home.

    His mom is acting like she does not know him most of the time, and he is never on his own. Everything he does is poked and prodded, and he is not ready to be what they want. An yet, he knows deep down that it is exactly what he wants, but will it be too late? His friends stand by him even when he disappears for a length of time, and forgive him for much. They love him and will do whatever it takes to bring him back to who he was. Little do they know that they too are being sucked into a war that is soon to happen.

    The characters are interesting, and at times quite brazen. I have problems understanding his mother, but she does have some redeeming qualities. When Socket needs her, he finds that he cannot always rely on her. The bad guys are deep from within the virtual mode itself and are ready to use it to take over the earth. There are some fun creative animals which show themselves to be quite useful, but are also very serious and yet frolicsome. This is a great novel for the Young Adult, or even those that are just young at heart.

    It is fast paced with incredible insight. The friendships are close and the interplay among Sprocket, Streeter and Chute is just plain fun. This is just what I remember about being young, but Sprocket has to grow up fast, and I believe that there is just the right amount of adventure to keep you reading. I recommend this book for your young reader, and believe that they will enjoy the adventure. This Book was received a a free E-Book from the author. All opinions are my own based off my reading and understanding of the material. Dec 29, Karissa rated it liked it.

    I got a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. It is the first book in a planned trilogy. I had mixed feelings about this book. I had trouble getting through the first half of the book, but found the second half to be incredibly interesting and engaging. Socket Greeny and his friends love playing in virtualmode, where you can commence battles but never fee I got a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    Socket Greeny and his friends love playing in virtualmode, where you can commence battles but never feel any of the dire consequences. That is until they are attacked unexpectedly and Socket All of this leads to Socket finding out he has the powers of the not-so-human Paladin race. Socket can do things like stop time and listen in to people's thoughts. The Paladins are trying the gradually advance humankind for the better, but their plans are accelerated when they find clones leaving virtualmode and inhabiting real human space.

    Now the future of humanity is at risk, and Socket with his unique powers may play a vital role in saving it. The books starts out a little rough. You are introduced to Socket and his friends and then quickly they are torn apart and Socket is isolated. This made it hard to see any chemistry between this group of friends and hard to find the characters engaging; they were just names. Then a lot is thrown at the reader; I struggled to keep up with all the terminology and descriptions of metaphysical yet vaguly scientific stuff happening to Socket.

    Socket himself doesn't know what's going on and this comes across as confusion to the reader. I found some of the descriptions hard to follow and had a hard time forming a good picture in my mind of what was happening. After the first portion things get better. We are introduced to the Paladin race and we get to know Socket a bit better. Socket actually develops some rapport with his new friends and finally the plot gains some momentum as we wait to see what will happen with the clones. By the end of the book I was actually attached to these characters and happy that I kept reading the book.

    I read the last third of the book straight through in one sitting. Socket himself isn't all that complicated of a character. He misses his father and resents his mother, he resists authority and in general acts like a frustrated teenager. Initially I thought this sounded like a middle grade novel and it definitely isn't. There is a quite a bit of swearing; Socket acts out a lot and has a huge chip on his shoulder. This all makes Socket a character that you don't really like or sympathize with.

    The book ends well and wraps up the main story but leaves another line of story open for book 2. Overall I have mixed feelings about this book. Some of the ideas are really interesting and by the end of the book I was engaged with the characters. The beginning of the book was pretty rough, didn't flow very well, and really dragged on for me. In the beginning I kept putting the book down after each chapter, I had a hard time staying interested This is a series I will keep my eye on in the future. For that price it is worth giving it a read through to see whether or not it's something you'll get into.

    Mar 05, Alice Yeh rated it really liked it Shelves: The story begins with an introduction to a concept known as virtual mode in a scene that makes me think of commercials for World of Warcraft. At first, it seems like a virtual reality version of the present day video game, but its possibilities are enumerated slowly over time, some more ominous than others. Beyond this, we discover a superior subset of the human species: Their technological advances, as well as their natural abilities, equip them to protect humankind at large from The story begins with an introduction to a concept known as virtual mode in a scene that makes me think of commercials for World of Warcraft.

    Their technological advances, as well as their natural abilities, equip them to protect humankind at large from predation, natural disasters, and even themselves. All of the unfolding events are seen through the eyes of a fifteen-year-old named Socket Greeny.

    Bertauski does a laudable job in exploring the adolescent psyche, showing his main character as a boy who is snarky, jaded, yet self-sufficient, who struggles with abandonment issues and hides vulnerability with sarcasm. Ultimately, however, he is guided by a strong moral compass that is as rooted in emotion as it is in thought. It should — most of us have displayed aspects of these traits at one time or another. The duality of his personality is echoed in his mother and his literary foil, Broak.

    Both are initially rendered in grayscale, but over time, the author starts to color in the different parts that make them who they are. The naturalness of these revelations enrich the reading experience without making us feel like he is trying too hard. The story itself is slow at first, and the first few pages very nearly lost my attention completely — the kiss of death for many a novel. Some of the futuristic terms were difficult to understand the first time around, thus adding to the disinterest.

    I was pleasantly surprised, therefore, when the next few chapters picked up the pace, creating a vacuum from which I am still trying to resurface. The tale is spellbinding, with a plot that is complex enough to please older readers yet understandable enough to appeal to a younger set. At some point, the distinction started to grow hazy, and by the end of the story, its existence was obliterated.

    Part of the authenticity of the story comes from the simplistic way in which it is told. Some of the sentences are overflowing with information, while others are short and clipped, imitating the thought patterns of someone who is still relatively young. Subjects would shift partway through, tenses would change inappropriately, or verbs were used where gerunds would have been appropriate.

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    Sometimes, all three flaws were present, leading to a jarring disharmony that only a fascinating plot could overcome. Thankfully, there was one present. The Discovery of Socket Greeny is a book that both adult and children can enjoy. Believable vocabulary words for a fifteen-year-old protagonist? Maybe not, though parents should decide for themselves where they would like to draw the line. Jun 12, Rachael rated it liked it Recommends it for: The fact that I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review has not affected my rating.

    I'm not sure if I have anything to complain about in this book. I suppose I keep trying to compare it to other sci-fi books I've read, but the only two that are similar to The Discovery of Socket Greeny are Ender's Game and The Annihilation of Foreverland which happens to be another of Bertauski's works that I loved: D Onto the more substantial things. I loved the plot - Disclaimer: I loved the plot - it was rich in details and imagery, moved quickly, had lots and lots of action, kept me on the edge of my seat I could go on and on.

    I especially like the combination of concepts Bertauski perfectly blended together - time travel or slicing, in this case , clones duplicates , dystopia Paladin and the duplicates have dystopic elements, as well as the future - I'll talk about that later and gaming in this case, it's "Virtualmode", where your consciousness is put into a second character.

    Even alone, these elements could have made an amazing story, but Bertauski was able to put them together to make his story stand out and amaze me! I think in this book, it specifically applies to clones, or duplicates in this case. For example, clones in real life do get depressed when they find out they're just carbon copies.

    This is similar to both the duplicates' thoughts and view spoiler [Broak's attitude when it came to genetic engineering hide spoiler ]. Finally, the relationships between the characters also spoke out to me. One that specifically grabbed me at the end was view spoiler [Spindle's relationship with Broak. On one hand, his mother must work late, discipline Socket, and keep secrets from him. However, on the other hand, she still deeply cares about him.

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    D I really enjoyed it - it's a great and short sci-fi read! Oct 06, Emi rated it liked it Shelves: I'd give this book 3. Bertauksi starts out the first book in his series strong, immediately throwing Socket into life-changing digital mayhem within the first chapter. Though it grabbed my attention, in a sense it was a bit too strong. There is no opprotunity to see the depth of Socket's friendship with his two best friends, and as a result, they just become names that Socket misses when he is taken underground and studied by the Paladin Agency I'd give this book 3.

    There is no opprotunity to see the depth of Socket's friendship with his two best friends, and as a result, they just become names that Socket misses when he is taken underground and studied by the Paladin Agency. This is sort of a shame because Chute and Streeter play an enormous role towards the end of the book. Socket himself is a very likeable character.

    He curses quite a bit, but the salty languge only works to create a more authentic character. He thinks, feels, and acts like a high school kid with a chip on his shoulder, but not to the point where he is annoying. The middle of the book when Socket is taken underground is met with lots of cool new technology and fantastical elements. In a way, Bertauski has blended elements of everyone's favorite sci-fi flicks to create this futuristic Paladin-protected world.

    We get wormholes, computer-like wrist watches, robots with artificial intelligence, virtual realities, hoverboards, and then some! Sci-fi geeks and non-geeks alike will have no trouble keeping up with the new terminology and technological concepts because most of them are well described or are grounded enough in today's technology that they don't need to be described to death. The story doesn't really pick up until the middle of the book, but when it does, boy does it pick up.

    Once Socket is released from Paladin custody, I could not put this book down. Socket's friends come back in a series of action-packed scenes that would not only make Tom Cruise geen with envy, but show a genuine friendship between the three that was not shown us before in the beginning of the book.

    Seriously, you can't get anymore extreme then fighting giagantic robotic spiders trapped in a virtual RPG world. Overall, the book ends on a great note. I really can't wait to start reading the second book in the series! For the full review on my blog, go to: Feb 28, Lucia rated it really liked it. This novel started out a little slow for me, because it just didn't grab my attention as much. Sure, virtualmode sounded cool, but it just didn't keep my focus.

    I think that's a personal thing. However, after the Paladin Nation was revealed, along with many its secrets and mysteries, I found myself more and more into the book. Socket is a great protagonist. He's a fast thinker, adept at fighting, and has some pretty BA mental skills. But he's also a regular guy. I really enjoyed his dialogue and This novel started out a little slow for me, because it just didn't grab my attention as much. I really enjoyed his dialogue and his narrative, except the load of cuss words kind of threw me off a bit.

    Then again, if the world as you know it may or may not be overtaken but an eviler group of unstoppable people, then yeah, I guess I can give a little leeway. I loved all the supporting characters. Each had his or her own unique personality, and they created a reliable network of friends that Socket and I could count on. There were also the bad guys, which frankly, you didn't exactly know who they were until the end.

    Meaning, you weren't sure who was bad and who wasn't. There were so many intimidating characters, it was difficult to tell if they were banded together, if they were individual villains, or if they just had some social communication issues. Bertauski's writing is obviously very good. I was entranced by the description of virtualmode and the Paladin headquarters, even if some parts were a little gruesome. I guess that's what comes out of fights.

    He captured the identity of a teenage boy very well, and it's what made the entire experience seem more real. The middle to the end was very fast paced and full of exploding things and all that good stuff.

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    I really enjoyed the novel, however, it's not really something I will be looking for more, because I felt that the entire concept, the genre, really, is not really my type. As I said before, Bertauski's writing is skilled, but the book just wasn't for me. I think many other people would enjoy it though, especially if they were interested in futuristic settings with virtual computer worlds and secret agencies. Fans of spy books e. Alex Rider , or maybe the Pendragon series by D. MacHale might try this one out. Jan 27, Nathalie Brault rated it really liked it.

    Tony Bertauski succeeded in doing something so brilliant with this book. This book is the first in a well planned trilogy. I must admit that at first I had a hard time getting into the first half of this book as I wasn't really getting into the swing of things. But then after the second half started action started to deploy and I was completely into the book and finished in one night. And now I want to read the other books of the trilogy. It starts with a normal teenager named Socket Greeny who d Tony Bertauski succeeded in doing something so brilliant with this book.

    It starts with a normal teenager named Socket Greeny who doesn't know what his mother does for a living and who is never home, but the frig is always full up so he doesn't worry about details. He loves to fight and to get lost into his Sim in virtual mode with his 2 best buddies: They go into battle mode and the consequences have little importance in there until one day they are attacked and Socket does something really strange.

    Once back into their skins, the 3 of them are ordered to the principle's office and Socket's mother is waiting for him in her car and takes him to a place where he's never been before.