A science fiction thrill ride of action and adventure
Criss lives in a special kind of prison. He can see and hear everything around the world. Yet a restrictor mesh restrains his reach and keeps him cooperative. His creator, Dr. Jessica Tallette, believes his special abilities offer great promise for humanity. But she fears the consequences of freeing him, because Criss, a sentient artificial intelligence with the intellect of a thousand humans, is too powerful to control.
Guided by her scientific training, Tallette works cautiously with Criss. That is, until the Kardish, an otherwise peaceful race of alien traders, announce they want him. With technologies superior to Earth’s, the Kardish express their desires with ominous undertones.
The Union of Nations is funding Tallete’s artificial intelligence research, and she turns to them for help. Sid, a special agent charged with leading the response, decides Earth’s greatest weapon is the very AI the aliens intend to possess. But what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? And what is humanity’s role if an interstellar battle among titans starts to rage?
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grade: A (Five Stars)
I always love reading about aliens. I think there’s just so many places an author can go with the idea of aliens so I never get bored. This book was no exception. This sci-fi novel was captivating, interesting, and well written. I thought the descriptions of the world were strong and vibrant, and I enjoyed the descriptions of the space ships and other technology as well. When you read sci-fi you are able to suspend disbelief just a bit to allow for some wonderful ideas, and I think the author of this book did that wonderfully. But, the thing that usually brings down a good sci-fi book is the lack of believable circumstances, but in this case, I was presently surprised. The author kept things honest and real, and that means it wasn’t all happily ever after. Space is tough, and the future is scary. You need those elements in the book and the author delivered. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book, it’s a great sci-fi book, and I definitely plan to suggest it to some friends!
*I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author:
As a young child, Doug stood on a Florida beach and watched an Apollo spacecraft climb the sky on its mission to the moon. He thrilled at the sight of the pillar of flames pushing the rocket upward. And then the thunderous roar washed over him, and shook his body and soul.
Since then, he has explored life as an educator and entrepreneur. He enjoys telling inventive tales, mentoring driven individuals, and pursuing scientific inquiry.
In his new book, Crystal Deception, Doug swirls his creative imagination with his life experiences to craft a science fiction action-adventure story with engaging characters and a plot line with surprises.
He lives in Connecticut with his wonderful wife and with pictures of his son, who is off somewhere in the world creating adventures of his own.
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