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A.I. Apocalypse: Singularity, Book 2 | [William Hertling]

A.I. Apocalypse: Singularity, Book 2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Margo 02-26-14
    Margo 02-26-14 Member Since 2002

    Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.

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    "Solid and Interesting"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 01-02-14
    Patricia 01-02-14
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    "You won't need to see the movie"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ceasar Spring, Texas, United States 10-04-13
    Ceasar Spring, Texas, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2013

    Hello world!

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    "A.I how I would imagine it"
    Would you listen to A.I. Apocalypse again? Why?

    Yes, and because its just that kind of story I could listen to over and over again


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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    Brad Schubring 12-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A beautiful followup to it's predecessor!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was so good, I'd recommend the previous ones (which I didn't rate as well) just based on this book alone.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A.I. Apocalypse?

    (SPOILER) When ELOPe first started fending off the massive attack against itself and the military. Standing in a room of humans who hadn't even had time to react to news of attack, narrating until it lost the spare processing to even keep them in the loop. Beautiful.


    Have you listened to any of J. M. Badger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but it was a great first experience!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was, it had me interested and on the edge of my seat the whole way through!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel dodgeville, WI, United States 08-22-14
    Daniel dodgeville, WI, United States 08-22-14 Member Since 2003
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    "If you like Daemon & Freedom(tm)..."

    This book reminded me of Daemon & Freedom(tm)! Great tech science fiction. I would sometimes sit in my car when I got home from work because the story was that good! Although slow at first, the story and characters are worth the wait and WOW does it pay off big time. The climax is epic.

    Refereed to as the "Singularity Series" the order is not critical but added to my enjoyment of the story:
    1) Avogadro (most realistic - best characters)
    2) AI Apocalypse (best action - my favorite of the series- WOW - What an ending!!)
    3) The Last Firewall (least realistic - but still a great story - another great climax)

    While I'm not a coffee drinker, I might become one after spending so much time enjoying this series. Great books - strongly recommend if you like tech science fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 05-22-14
    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 05-22-14 Member Since 2012

    A good way to get through the work day.

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    "Great action packed story, very well told."
    Where does A.I. Apocalypse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks pretty high with some of the best book/series i've listened to. Hope see more from this author.


    What other book might you compare A.I. Apocalypse to and why?

    Honestly can't compare this to anything i've listened to so far.


    What does J. M. Badger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a great job bringing life to the characters and story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 11-22-13
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Great Part 2 to A.I."

    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".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 05-26-13
    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 05-26-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.

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    "The 1st book all over again? Nope, It's better."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt 03-25-13
    Matt 03-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great AI sci fi book!"
    What did you love best about A.I. Apocalypse?

    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!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Portland, OR 12-20-14
    Steve Portland, OR 12-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining"

    This was an entertaining listen. If you're into technology and artificial intelligence, this could be an excellent listen. There are a few unusual parts of the book that will make your eyes roll (for instance, why does everyone have to throw a very young character into a very adult role?) but all in all it was enjoyable. The narration was pretty good although the narrator struggled mightily trying to imitate a Japanese and a French accent. It would have been a better idea to just stick to reading the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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