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Paperback / softback Edition 2017
Gillespie transports young readers to a captivating fantasy realm with a modern twist. Virion's Net is an adventure story with a twist of the computer age. This book will appeal to young adult readers and children aged 10 years and over. It will be enjoyed by fans of fantasy fiction and adventure novels, with a heartfelt twist. It combines elements of the real world with a fantasy realm containing unique, imaginative beings such as squelchings and bufferbirds. Twelve-year-old Jack longs to be on the internet. His mother worries about him, especially since his Dad left for Australia ten years previously and is now presumed dead- believed to have been eaten by a crocodile. A wafting apparition magically appears out of the computer and Jack is catapulted to a land where he meets Pixel, the many-armed lone blob. There are squelchings, delightful squirrel-like creatures; and bufferbirds, clever messengers helping to protect the kingdom from the evil of Virion, the fearful she-monster. Jack and his new friends band together to get rid of this monster. They are assisted by Vulcanians, silent, rock-like beings and by the slow, incessant advance of a warming world. It is set in a land of desert, mountains, glaciers, and the forbidding presence of The Wall, a half-mile high construction built by the paranoid Virion. On return to the normality of home, Jack, feeling a changed person, is met with the astonishing news that his father is still alive. Over all this hangs the question- has his adventure been a dream, or is it real?