The Nirvana Effect

“Fans of stories centered on the conflict between the virtual and the real will find plenty to enjoy.” — Publishers Weekly

No one goes out anymore.

Society is sheltered indoors. The economy is in ruins. People spend their lives addicted to a breakthrough virtual reality technology, desperate for escapism in a troubled world. The Nirvana Effect has taken over.

Aaron and Clarissa are members of a subculture of realists who resist the lure of a fake utopia. They watch in horror as the technology spreads across the country with willing participants who easily forgo their freedoms for false pleasures. When the young couple discovers a plot to enforce compliance for mind control, the battle for free will begins. What started as a playful diversion turns deadly. The future of the human race is at stake.

Flame Tree Press / Simon & Schuster (2021)

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“Millions tune into a virtual reality program while society collapses around them in this thoughtful cyberpunk novel from Pinkerton… he does a good job drawing readers into the characters’ anguish and fear, and builds to a clever, desperate climax. Fans of stories centered on the conflict between the virtual and the real will find plenty to enjoy.”  
— Publishers Weekly

“Incredible… easily one of the best dystopian novels I have read this year… the author beautifully maintained the momentum until the very end, which led to an explosive climax.”
— Rajiv’s Reviews

“Wow, this had me gripped from the start.”
— Tales Before Bedtime


The New York Public Library recommends The Nirvana Effect!

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Jannelies Reviews: “This book is worth a big audience.”


The Nirvana Effect reached #2 technothriller book on Amazon in February 2023.

The Nirvana Effect was named one of the best books of the year by The Strawberry Post blog on culture, writing and lifestyle.


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