Well Synthetic Illusions turned out to be every bit as good as Artificial Absolutes, with more cyberpunky goodness, cool secondary characters and a great protagonist.
Mary Fan is a great sci-fi writer, it may be true that there isn't a great deal of 'hard science' in the book, but she's brilliant at setting a believable future. Thoughts of humanity and God versus science are wonderfully placed alongside action and the book is not dull.
Each of the characters are incredibly good, with a new female character, who is so many shades of awesome that I can't tell you.
On the flip side, it can get a little confusing at times, but I stress this is not a out and out negative.
A brilliantly, exciting read by Mary Fan.
I'm off now to buy the third book.