It’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Midas Game by Abi Silver.
An exhilarating deep dive into the world of online gaming and the addictive nature of virtual reality, The Midas Game is the next book in the acclaimed Burton and Lamb series by Abi Silver.
About the Author
Abi Silver is an author and lawyer who grew up in Leeds in a traditional Jewish family. Watching Granada TV’s ‘Crown Court’ in between lessons led her to study Law at Girton College, Cambridge. Abi then worked in London at international law firm, Allen & Overy and at RPC, before spending five years in Israel, where her husband, Daniel, was posted.
During her time there, alongside raising her three young sons, Abi completed an MBA by distance learning, learned Hebrew and pottery on the wheel and began to write fiction, usually late at night. On returning to the UK, she went back to law before quitting a permanent position in 2015 when she decided to try her hand at writing again which led to publication of The Pinocchio Brief. Based in Radlett, Hertfordshire, Abi works part-time as a legal consultant and author. Follow @abisilver16 on Twitter, Visit abisilver.co.uk
About the book
When eminent psychiatrist Dr Liz Sullivan is found dead in her bed, suspicion falls on local gamer and YouTube celebrity Jaden ‘JD’ Dodds.
Did he target her because of her anti-gaming views and the work she undertook to expose the dangers of playing online games? And what was her connection with Valiant, an independent game manufacturer about to hit the big time, and its volatile boss?
Judith Burton and Constance Lamb team up once more to defend JD when no one else is on his side. But just because he makes a living killing people on screen doesn’t mean he’d do it in real life. Or does it?
The controversial topic of gaming and the alleged connection between violence and reactions in real life situations is an interesting one. There would normally be a predisposition or external and internal influences. Just the mere exposure to violence may desensitize, but doesn’t automatically equal the willingness to commit violent crimes.
So with that in mind Silver addresses those misconceptions to create a crime scenario with gaming and gamers at the centre of the premise. The victim is highly critical of gaming, especially the way it has become a popular career choice for young people, due to the large amounts of money that can be made. She was really critical when it came to the young gamers who lived across the street from her. Which also means you have a one plus one equals two scenario when it comes to the police and suspects.
After also reading The Rapunzel Act by Silver, it’s clear that the Burton and Lamb legal crime combo is a series that the author infuses with a breath of fresh air by adding controversial topics to the premise. This read is no different and it helps to make it stand out in a sea of books.