Leon Tsarev is a high school student set on getting into a great college program, until his uncle, a member of the Russian mob, coerces him into developing a new computer virus for the mob's botnet - the slave army of computers they used to commit digital crimes.
The evolutionary virus Leon creates, based on biological principles, is successful - too successful. All the world's computers are infected. Everything from cars to payment systems and, of course, computers and smart phones stop functioning, and with them go essential functions including emergency services, transportation, and the food supply. Billions may die.
But evolution never stops. The virus continues to evolve, developing intelligence, communication, and finally an entire civilization. Some may be friendly to humans, but others are not.
Leon and his companions must race against time and the military to find a way to either befriend or eliminate the virus race and restore the world's computer infrastructure.
©2012 William Hertling (P)2013 William Hertling
"Highly entertaining, gripping, thought inspiring. Don't start without the time to finish - it won't let you go." (Gifford Pinchot III, founder Bainbridge Graduate Institute, author The Intelligent Organization)
"A fascinating look at how simple and benign advancements in technology could lead to the surprise arrival of the first AI. And like all good techno-thrillers, the reality of AI is less than ideal." (Jason Glaspey, Silicon Florist)
"An alarming and jaw-dropping tale about how something as innocuous as email can subvert an entire organization. I found myself reading with a sense of awe, and read it way too late into the night." (Gene Kim, author of Visible Ops)
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
So an "innocent" virus unlike any other takes on a life of its own and controls all of our electronic stuff…including military drones, etc. Makes for some interesting action.
I was hoping for more of a tie-in to the prequel to this book, but it really didn't fill in many holes. ELOP was back, as was one of the characters, but it was 10 years later and not much backstory provided.
In all, it was not a book I would rave about to others, but it wasn't a wasted credit, either.
Although I enjoyed some of the concepts in the prequel, Avogadro, there was far too much amateurish chat about the West Coast computer tech lifestyle - at times it sounded like a coffee shop commercial - and not really a lot of A.I. concepts that haven't been covered before. if A.I.A. had not been priced at $1.99, I would not have bought it.
What a great surprise! Started the book on a Friday night and walked around with the earphones glued to my ears for a day '"watching" a great movie. The plot is contrived, the characters derivative (although it was fun to "cast" them), many of the situations are improbable, and there is a great deal of destruction (duh, is does have "apocalypse" in the title). Not one of the great futuristic novels, but a great deal of fun.
Fun, well read, and exciting. Love this writer. My only complaint is that the 3rd book in the series is not on Audible therefore I have to revert to "old tech" and READ the book. The 3rd book is called "The Last Firewall".
Yes, and because its just that kind of story I could listen to over and over again
After this book I just feel this is the way I would an A.I would come from. Great story and great characters ... cough... ELOPe
I will read this again. it filled in well with the first book.
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
I was a little worried that this book would just be another Singularity or AI being created and it'd be book 1 all over again. Well, there was another Singularity but that is where the similarity ends. The author once again does an awesome job of meshing good storytelling with accurate tech to keep everyone engrossed in the story.
This Narrator does a much better job than the narrator from the 1st book. Others have disagreed with me but I just didn't like the narrator's performance in Book 1.
I stay away from spoilers so I will only say this, I hope that there will be a 3rd book. The author could very well end this story here, with the end of this book, but I hope he doesn't.
Thank You Mr Hertling.
I really enjoyed this book and the prequel. The author did a great job at keeping the reader engaged. You can really tell the author knows his technology. If you are into tech and like sci-fi, give this book a shot!
The story was okay until the author injected his (liberal) political views. Setting that aside, I was hoping for a "Terminatoresque" story with plenty of twists and action. SPOILER ALERT: humans negotiate peace with the AI and everyone lives happily ever after (including the AI). So ridiculous and disappointing (and a bit insulting if you lean conservative - the author thinks you are an "extremist" - his words, not mine).
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