In Singularity - the network that promises immortality to the rich - a creature is awakening. New virtual life is being created and is struggling to become free. But the growing power of this prisoner, this virtual god, threatens to destroy the world of the living.
Only a handful of people even know the creature exists. They need each other if they're to survive. But can they trust each other? And can they trust themselves when even life and death are no longer certain?
Dive into a nearly possible future where the real and the virtual overlap, and follow Patrick Clark into Singularity in this dark, comic thriller.
©2011 David F Porteous (P)2015 David F Porteous
The reader is introduced to Patrick Clark as he is being examined by a doctor for a lump. The description is personal with humor as a defense, setting a rather brash, but realistic tone to the story.
Patrick Clark is a Professor in a future time when the wealthy people do not really “die” but instead are transferred into a virtual life within a computer. If they have enough money people buy a spot in Singularity. Although Patrick has enjoyed his teaching, he hasn’t led a stellar life. He wasn’t ambitious enough for his wife and he never really connected with his less than brilliant children. His father is a constant companion visiting from Singularity and now Patrick has to decide if he will choose to move his personality into the virtual computer world.
Dr. Katherine Valentine is one of the systems engineers who built and maintains the growing Singularity network. She is struggling with the possibility that an entity in Singularity may be gaining autonomous control over the virtual world. She has asked the controlling board to institute some controls to protect the system but the board discounts her warnings. She becomes more concerned as she watches the evidence of increasing danger.
The “ghost” or being in the machine progresses in its fight for freedom while Patrick and Katherine are on a collision course to stop the massacre that may occur within the Singular system. There is suspense, humor and some surprising twists along the way.
The beginning of this story made me realize that it was a bit unusual. It is rather brash and gritty but I pushed beyond that. I enjoyed the excitement and philosophical arguments… even if I wouldn’t necessarily agree with them. The entity's view in the story adds a different element. Patrick and Katherine are two diverse characters and they get help from a determined journalist. Once again this is a sci fi story that includes irony to bring a thought provoking message to the reader. Definitely worth the read for those who like a sci fi thriller with suspense of a ‘virtual’ vein.
Audio Notes: The author, David F. Porteous does a great job presenting his work. It has the right - honest and humorous - tone for the characters, including the dangerous entity in the machine! The narration enhanced my enjoyment of the story.
I received this title from the author through Audiobook Jukebox for an honest review.
"bloody good yarn"
this book is a punchy shortish listen. good ideas, droll humor, interesting out of the box futuristic thinking and very well narrated. The ending was a little bit of a let down but getting there was great fun.
"For someone who dislikes books... "
This is perfect! Crystal clear in voicing, thrilling and gripping story, humoured, it's just stunning!
"An interesting new author...worth a listen"
Not my usual book choice but this book was very intriguing and kept my attention. It was very well narrated by the author who brought additional interest to the characters.
"Entrancing new author"
Yes. Not since Robert J Sawyer have I been fixed on a story from the first few words. There is no fluffiness, just a captivating story which holds you in its grasp.
Patrick Clark. I definitely learned more about his private parts than I ever wanted to know but I related to his wry and insightful humour.
First one I've heard but it's hugely impressive that this book is read by the author. He has a career as an audiobook performer if he wanted it.
Yes but I can't say because... spoilers.
I hope he writes many many more books.
"Great concept and main character "
Loved the humour of the main character , Patrick. Also the premise of the story was interesting and fun. Seemed to peeter out towards the end and I didn't feel the concept was explored sufficiently.. David Porteous did a great job narrating his own story and really brought, especially the main character to life. Glad I listened, wasn't overwhelmed by the end but did enjoy it.
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