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Shimmer - Eric Barnes An interesting story about being sucked into the vortex of a startup tech company built atop a foundation of lies, Shimmer is written in an expansive style which is sometimes difficult to follow, yet it certainly engages you. Though implausible -- at times the technology involved is treated as if it were magic -- the strong suit of Shimmer is its characters, who are drawn believably (if sparely). In a different book, the protagonist might be cast as a white collar criminal, yet here Barnes renders him in a sympathetic light.The pressure builds throughout the book, and while the ending feels a tiny bit Hollywood, I'd certainly read another Eric Barnes novel. Good stuff from a real writer.