When your reality shatters, what will you do to put it back together again?
Still reeling from the failure of his last project, videogame developer Peter Banuk is working hard to ensure his next game doesn’t meet the same fate. He desperately needs a win, not only to save his struggling company, but to justify the time he’s spent away from his wife and daughters.
So when Peter’s tech-genius partner offers him the chance to beta-test a new state-of-the-art virtual reality headset, he jumps at it. But something goes wrong during the trial, and Peter wakes to find himself trapped in an eerily familiar world where his children no longer exist.
As the lines between the real and virtual worlds begin to blur, Peter is forced to reckon with what truly matters to him. But can he escape his virtual prison before he loses his family forever?
Publisher: Angry Robot
Publication Date: January 11, 2022
"An outstanding debut novel that explores the blurred lines between virtual reality and real life. It gave me Total Recall vibes in the best way. I couldn't put it down!" – Michael Mammay, author of the Planetside series
"If extremely fast-paced, sci-fi tech thrillers are your thing, then Ron Walter's debut, Deep Dive, is a must get. It's Blake Crouch's Dark Matter, filled with Tal Klein's The Punch Escrow, rolled up and lightly dusted with Mythic Quest. This was a tightly crafted, super fun, and original take on the virtual reality rabbit hole, and I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough." – Chris Panatier, author of The Phlebotomist
“A neat little slice of military-industrial paranoia that messes with reality - both virtual and actual - to good purpose. Liked it a lot.” — Dave Hutchinson, author of the Fractured Europe sequence and The Return of the Incredible Exploding Man
"Ron Walters’ sci-fi debut, Deep Dive, packs an emotional punch while delivering believable, seamless world-building. For a parent, there’s nothing more cold-sweat-inducing than imagining a world where your kids are erased from existence; just a blip on your mind, and absent from everyone else’s. But that’s exactly the horror facing Peter, who must find a way to reclaim a life only he seems to remember. A brilliant, quick-paced read." – Gabriela Houston, author of The Second Bell
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Ron Walters writes fantasy and science fiction for all ages. A former stay-at-home dad, college registrar, and journalist, he now works as a substitute teacher at the local high school. When he’s not writing he enjoys drinking coffee to excess, playing too many video games, and perfecting his buttermilk fried chicken sandwich. He currently lives in Germany with his wife, two daughters, and two neurotic rescue dogs.
Tags: Adult, Science Fiction, Thriller