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Publisher's Summary

Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH - the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States - and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening. WATCH is convinced that Webmind represents a risk to national security and wants it purged from cyberspace. But Caitlin believes in Webmind's capacity for compassion - and she will do anything and everything necessary to protect her friend.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Robert J. Sawyer.

©2010 Robert J. Sawyer (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Nominee - Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Audiobook, 2011

"Original and intriguing. Sawyer makes complex sci-fi understandable and thoroughly entertaining." (Romantic Times BOOKReviews)

"Watch is a helluva fun read and an excellent science fiction book." (SF Signal)

"Cast members complement one another and are effective in differentiating the various characters and story threads. They drive forward the momentum of the plot and flesh out the novel’s distinct personalities." (AudioFile)

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    Laurence 05-14-16
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    "Fantastic!"

    I love it! Even after almost seven years after reading the first book, the moment I started this audio book, I remembered the wonder and curiosity that filled my mind all those years ago. I will track down a hardcover copy of this book, so that I will always have it. I would recommend this series to anyone and everyone!

    I'm off to listen to the last book! Thank you Robert J. Sawyer for a fantastic series!

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    Amazon Customer 05-02-16
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    "Love this series so far!"

    So far I really love this series. It has lots of great information amongst the character development and a stirring plot. Will definitely be going on to Book 3!

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    Miguel 03-28-16
    Miguel 03-28-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"

    I loved this book, it greatly expands on the concepts of the first. Also, I enjoyed the AI's personality even more in this sequel.

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    Deborah K. Fite 03-12-16
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    "very interesting story,"

    I was especially drawn in by the performance. a good story, but there were language issues I was very upset about. I almost stopped listening because of this. other than that the book was very interesting and I had to finish it and see what happened.

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    VitualBuyer 10-10-15
    VitualBuyer 10-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great second book in the series"

    Robert J story or is becoming one of my favorite authors in science fiction. The concept of an emerging artificial super intelligence were handled thoughtfully. Lots of details which was fun to set your mind thinking about possibilities. For some reason I have not been a fan of his endings and the last chapter as with other of his books gets a bit preachy. However it wasn't enough to diminish the enjoyment of the entirety of the book.

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    dsingh 05-21-15
    dsingh 05-21-15
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    "Sometimes you wish that Webmind really existed!"

    Robert's character are very convincing, and it is easy to empathise with them. During the reading process, and afterwards, you can't help thinking if such a thing was really possible.

    An easy, fun read but also thought provoking in endless ways.

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    Mark 04-27-15
    Mark 04-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Possibly the best out of the three"

    This is my second time listening to all these books. And although the ending to the trilogy is amazing and well executed this book is my favorite. "Into the future... Together"

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    JP Earth 03-13-15
    JP Earth 03-13-15 Member Since 2010

    Computational cognition, ethics, transhumanism, etc.

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    "Priceless fodder for great & average minds"

    You're not prepared for the 2020's unless you're reading relevant scifi. RJS's www trilogy should be mandatory for all youngsters, but it's critical for 80s kids & older. We laughed at our parents, but the exponential returns of technology (partly due moores law) guarantee we will be surpassed even further. Be sure to also see childhoods end.

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    MorFund 02-05-15
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    "Excellent. Thought provoking!"

    The background research, references and speculation involved are excellent. The story is well thought out and the performance rendered is addictive. Could not stop buying all three books and having a marathon listening session.

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    Haden Lancaster, KY, United States 08-13-14
    Haden Lancaster, KY, United States 08-13-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Much Better than the Prequel"

    It's no great secret that Caitlin and other researchers posit that Web Mind is composed from internet packets whose Time-To-Live (TTL) counters never reach zero. Because they never reach zero, they hang around on the web forever. These packets behave like cellular automata. At a high-level, this means Web Mind is rather fragile.

    It is, however, a secret from a division of the National Security Agency called the Web Assessment Threat Containment Headquarters (WATCH). As the name implies, WATCH monitors the web for potential threats. They first become aware of Web Mind through its interception of the signals sent by the implant in Caitlin's eye. WATCH can't decode the data without writing a program to implement some very complex algorithms. They need to figure out how Web Mind is created to form a plan to eliminate it.

    We also see Web Mind's existence become public. It communicates instantaneously with everyone who contacts it, and helps find missing people, prevent suicide, etc.

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