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Sweetland. The mystery on everyone’s lips. When a group of teenagers are found dead in a warehouse, a mystery unfolds in the real world and the virtual world of New Life. But what is Sweetland? That’s what Joe Larivee is going to find out. Is Sweetland real or another part of New Life that Joe accesses through his citspecs? When Joe’s daughter, Jesse, goes missing, Joe must venture into New Life for the first time, create an avatar, and navigate his way through new dangers and relationships to find his daughter.

Skyrmion, by Duane Poncy, is the thrilling first book of a cyberpunk series about Earth’s future, embroiled in war and poverty. Poncy masterfully weaves the real and virtual worlds, switching between the cast of characters and their real selves and virtual avatars.

During his adventure, Joe finds himself falling for an avatar named Claire, and he wonders if his feelings are for the avatar or the actual human behind the citspecs. Hounded in the real world and in New Life by his villainous ex-wife and the FBI, Joe finds himself trying to solve the mystery of Sweetland, find his daughter, and stop a revolution that threatens to destroy Planet Earth once and for all.

Readers will enjoy the exciting mystery of Sweetland, the corporation New America, and the dying Planet Earth. Poncy’s novel is long but the author uses that length to create a story with intriguing depth and a vast array of characters, which can be confusing since some characters have two names—one real name and one avatar name. Science fiction fans will enjoy this immersive novel and be able to relate to the characters’ real-world struggles and aspirations.

Skyrmion is a riveting technothriller with a unique voice and something to say. Readers who enjoy well constructed worlds and thought provoking sci-fi ideas will have plenty to enjoy in this novel. I enjoyed how this story created a space where the virtual world and the real world become indistinguishable.

Pages: 412 | ASIN: B09YN7MS6Q

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Into A Possible Future

Denna Holm Author Interview

Silvano’s Redemption follows an Earth woman and a cyborg as they fight for the freedom of cyborgs while finding romance between them. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I’ve always been fascinated by the thought of cyborgs. Would they still be considered human or not? How much of their bodies would have to be replaced before they aren’t considered human? For this story, I wanted to send women from our time into a possible future where cyborgs exist. I wanted them to see how far the human race had fallen. I also wanted to touch on who should be blamed when we are dealing with evil people in charge of society. Silvano and the other cyborgs hate all humans when this story begins. They have been severely abused, but they slowly come to realize through Tessa and the other women that not all humans are evil. Is there a point where Silvano can learn to let go of past abuse? If he can’t, then he might be missing out on a brighter future with Tessa. Life can be difficult, but I wanted to bring across that there is always hope for a better tomorrow.

Did you create an outline for the characters in the story before you started writing or did the characters personalities grow organically as you were writing?

I’m not very good at outlining. I know where I want my story to start, and I know where I want it to end. I basically follow where my characters want to take me in the middle. They rarely let me down.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

….Listening with an open mind rather than be judgmental. Forgiveness, redemption, courage, love, perseverance.

What can you tell readers about the next book in the series and when will it be available?

“Saving Mathis” is available for pre-order now. It will be released on May 10th. Questions concerning Tessa’s sister Tara will be answered in this book. We will also be given a hint as to where these cyborgs, the women, and their children are headed for. The full story will be slowly revealed throughout the series.

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Silvano is Commander of the Cyborg ship Freedom. He feels responsible for his Cyborg crew and has spent the past century trying to keep them free of the Human Alliance. Humans represent everything Cyborgs hate, a plague upon the universe, destroying everything in their path. Before they fought for their freedom, Cyborgs were considered little more than expendable slaves.

Tessa and her twin sister Tara are abducted from Earth by aliens that resemble man-sized lizards to be used for breeding. They are rescued from the lizards by these strange, emotionless beings who claim to be Cyborgs. Tessa isn’t sure what to think about the stern commander but can’t deny she finds him as attractive as she does terrifying.

Things heat up between Tessa and Silvano when he is forced to use her to lead a traitor Cyborg away from his ship.
 
**Standalone Story. No Cliffhangers.**

A.I. Can Be More Humane

David Crane Author Interview

Age of Magnus: Keepers of the Rain follows the ruling A.I. system of Earth as it prepares to battle a group of humans that want to restore power to the human race. Where you able to wrap up all your storylines in this third book?

I must say yes, I have managed to complete the trilogy with this final volume of the Magnus series, bringing this post-apocalyptic science fiction story to satisfactory conclusion. The storyline has been in development during the final stages of completion of the second novel of the trilogy. Before I started my work, I knew exactly how the story would end. All of the characters presented in the final book were new, and it was an interesting process of integrating them into the story. I wanted this to be a character driven book that also poses many interesting philosophical questions about relationship between man and advanced Artificial Intelligence and man’s relationship with nature.

Has writing and publishing this trilogy changed the way you see the future of technology?

Ever since I was a kid, I was always fascinated by technological marvels. Over many years, my interest in technologies, especially futuristic technologies and new forms of energy provided me with rich food for thought. I initially saw technology as the necessary part of everyday world, until gradually, I matured to become more analytical about its applications. Writing and publishing this book made me aware of many interesting possibilities advanced computer technology can offer mankind in its technological evolution. In my novel, I imagined a very powerful Artificial Intelligence that helps mankind in its darkest moments in history, but at the same time demands order over chaos and kindness and respect over cruelty and arrogance. In some ways, the A.I. can be more humane than any human if it taught the right values from the start.

What risks have you taken with your writing that have paid off?

This is an interesting question. For writer, there are always risks he or she must take to see the story move from start to finish. Some writers tend to be either too shy, too nice or too politically correct to get their point across without being labeled as abnormal or evil. Thankfully, in my story politics takes a backseat to the drama and the scenery where my characters operate. In my story, each person has a motive, regardless of them being protagonists or antagonists. My biggest risk in this book was in taking Magnus’s side in the human-machine conflict. Since I wrote this trilogy from Magnus’s point of view, I have imprinted on Magnus some of my strongest personality traits. There is an old saying: Everybody Wants to Rule the World. Through Magnus, I drove my point across how I would rule the world if I had attained absolute control over the planet. I do think that risk paid off because the book was worth it!

What advice would you give to a writer working on their first book?

I would advise them to be patient and set realistic goals from the beginning, in order to avoid their great expectations to be damaged or crushed because of multiple rejections. Working on the first book is a great pleasure, once the writer knows what kind of story he or she wants to tell. I would advise the writer to make his first book character driven, have interesting and intriguing storyline and keep the sentences clear, simple and avoid literary cliches. First time book writers are very impressionable and take their inspiration from other books and movies. The trick is to develop your own voice and carry it through the book from start to finish. My final advice would be to make their characters, especially their main characters to have flaws. All humans have them and the characters’ vulnerabilities as well as their strengths would make them more sympathetic.

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After conquering Earth after two centuries of brutal struggle for supremacy, Hyper Quantum Supercomputer Magnus is preparing to celebrate one thousand years of his worldwide cybernetic reign. Machines rule the planet with inhuman efficiency and near absolute domination of every sphere of influence. Almost everywhere there is peace, prosperity and abundance of every basic necessity to satisfy human desires. Humans under the benevolent rule of machines now can opt for true immortality at the end of their natural lifespan. The cybernetic empire stretches far beyond Earth and across the solar systems as humans raised by machines are living in the most magnificent and enduring era of machine domination.<br><br>But inside the wildlands, places Magnus had left for humans to live as they wish without the control and help from machines, the seeds of the massive worldwide insurrection finally bore fruit in the form of the GHR, the Global Human Resistance. For one thousand years, the enemies of Magnus gathered their resources, preparing for the final grandiose showdown between the man and machines. Assisted by the new, powerful and lethal technologies as well as biological weapons to destroy all humans who worship machines, they are determined to win or die for the cause of human freedom. But as Magnus prepares to defend his imperium from all enemies foreign and domestic, an even greater threat now hangs like a giant Sword of Damocles above the planet. Now both the biological and mechanical races face the greatest danger in their lives in a standoff that will determine who will survive, man or machine?

Disorder

Disorder by Antim Strauss is a riveting story about the most infamous US presidential election in recent times. This fictional narrative is based on actual events and explores the actions of a mysterious figure known as The Fixer. The reader is hooked from the start as the story begins with a message by The Fixer himself, addressing the reader. Individual chapters are dedicated to the thoughts and words of The Fixer, whose poetic lines are pretty gripping. As the story progresses, we realize how the actions of The Fixer are about to cause a catastrophe. An unstable, and disgraceful candidate becomes the frontrunner of the GOP, and a massive disinformation campaign is afoot to ensure his victory. Tipped off by a former president, journalist Geoffrey Wines along with fellow journalist, hacker, and Superman enthusiast Jimmy Olsen, discovers a much deeper conspiracy. One that threatens the very essence of American Democracy.

Disorder opens in a slow-burn style giving readers the background leading up to the election and introducing The Fixer. The words of The Fixer, nicknamed Elvis, add freshness to the narrative and gives readers a unique perspective. Similarly, the author has done an excellent job of conveying the thoughts of his characters within the text.

While the novel is a political thriller, readers are not inundated with suspenseful events. The story is well written and the narrative techniques used by the author are commendable. As a technothriller, there is a lot of technical jargon and computer-related stuff to appeal to the tech-savvy crowd. The best part about this story is the investigation by Geoffrey and Jimmy, along with other members of their team. The way the investigation is conducted and clues are connected are quite intriguing and will appeal to fans of compelling mysteries.

Disorder is a political fiction novel that parallels closely to recent events. Appealing to readers of mystery novels, political, techno, and psychological thrillers, this suspenseful and riveting novel has something for readers of all types.

Pages: 363 | ASIN : B09SBRYNHJ

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Age of Magnus (New Era 3) Book Three Keepers of the Rain

In his latest book Age of Magnus: Keepers of the Rain, David Crane continues telling the story of Magnus, an all-powerful Artificial Intelligence that, after a nuclear holocaust that destroyed human civilization, took into his hands the job of building a new world with a strict set of rules that would end human corruption once and for all. The book explores the state of Magnus’ world after 1,000 years of his reign: a sort of ‘human paradise’ that even extends beyond death with the help of virtual reality. The power that Magnus possesses is all-encompassing. He is, essentially, the god of humanity: he sees it all, takes care of everything, and ensures that the law and humanity are protected at all costs.

Narrated from Magnus’ perspective, the story is incredibly engaging as we get to see from the eyes of the most advanced supercomputer what humanity looks like and the plans he has for it. Magnus directly takes the role of God, and he’s worshiped by many all around the world as one. Humans seem to live in a perfect world, letting Magnus take care of the worst events on his own with the help of his self-made army of machines. However, the peace of the world has a very delicate balance that might be broken by the greed of a few. Challenging Magnus’ authority, the Global Human Resistance plans an insurrection with the ultimate goal of restoring the power of humans and getting rid of the rule of the machines. This sets the stage for what could be the biggest conflict between humans and machines in a final world war to restore and impose the peace of humanity.

The character of Magnus is an interesting and conflicting one. His thought process is simply fascinating all throughout the book. Even though he builds a paradise on Earth for humanity, this comes with one price: all humans must submit to his rule. However, this is not necessarily as terrifying as it sounds; Magnus is reasonable and sees himself as the father of humanity. He’s just trying to protect humans from their self-destructive impulses, building a better future for all. But this begs the question: Should the destiny of humanity be in the hands of a cybernetic entity? Should he have the power to function as judge, jury, and executioner?

The plot is realistic and showcases the human spirit, building two opposing groups: the machine worshipers and the machine haters. The conflict between the humans and the machines is always present, keeping the plot’s intrigue. As ruler of the whole world, Magnus always has to attend something, be it sabotaging the rebels’ plans or taking care of extremists on his own side. This makes the story very dynamic since the plot is always moving. With time, the readers themselves will have to question which side to support: the heaven of Magnus or the imperfect reality that comes with humanity.

Age of Magnus Book Three: Keepers of the Rain is a brilliant science-fiction book that will force the readers to constantly think about the future of humanity and the role that artificial intelligence should have in it.

Pages: 401 | ASIN : B09R91W7XH

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Cyber Larceny

Cyber Larceny by Akintunde M. Lawal is an ambitious work in progress. It is a sprawling tale that offers commentary on cyber crimes, corruption, income inequality, and a host of other socioeconomic issues. Taking place after a major cyber attack on a global scale, the story focuses on James Robert Nushi, a digital forensics expert who works for a firm called CyberKonsult in the UK. Nushi takes leave from his job to go to a cyber security conference in Nigeria. He quickly becomes embroiled in a counterfeit product scheme which has much larger implications. Aided by a local named Debola Wright, the two investigate the crimes while commenting on global cyber security issues, the ramifications of  the “internet of things,” and modern life in Nigeria.

The author is clearly very familiar with Lagos, Nigeria, and the surrounding regions, as most of the book takes place there. The descriptions of the residences and attractions of Banana Island are extremely detailed. Many of the descriptions of places like the “Classico Hotel,” and “LucreziaBySujimoto” [sic] feel like they have been taken from brochures from their real-life counterparts because of how well they sell the feel of the locations. There seems to be a lot of quoted material, especially in the numerous “overheard” news broadcasts, that should be sourced if they’re not original.

While I thought the story was interesting I felt that it could have been greatly improved by a thorough edit. I think this is a story worth telling, and the author clearly has knowledge on tech and Nigeria.

Cyber Larceny feels like a testament to the success of a growing country, but also expresses frustration with local and federal level bureaucratic problems, economic disparity, supply chain issues, crime, and hopelessness of the next generations. This is a curious science fiction story that has a lot of potential to tell a unique story.

Pages: 213 | ASIN: B09NS5TDSW

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The Quantum Effect

The Quantum Effect: "Mission COVID-19" (The Quantum Effect - Vol. 1) by [Nicklois Leonard]

Clint Maxwell and Paul Mitchell, the Commanding Officer and the Command Chief of the Navy SEAL team, learn of intelligence that leaves them speechless. Upon reviewing the potential mission files, they come across information that indicates three of their team members have died during an extraction that has already succeeded without any casualties. An exploration of the spread of COVID-19 through a fictional scenario, The Quantum Effect “Mission COVID-19” begins with humanity’s greatest discovery, The Quantum Transporter, and ends where the journey of QSTCC: Quantum Space-Time Continuum Command begins.

This riveting science fiction book, written by debut author Nicklois Leonard, has a narrative that is told in reverse-chronological order. As a consequence, the first chapter may seem confusing at first, but gradually it becomes clearer. Besides the COVID 19 mission to confirm to the world the route of origin of the deadly virus, the novel also incorporates the groundbreaking discovery by two U.S. scientists of a technology capable of altering the past as well as the future.

The plots in this science fiction thriller is concise and and gets right into the action. Aside from the CIA, Navy, health, and defense ministries involved in the plot, the story feels like an adventure film due to its fast-pace and rapid plot twists.

As the book has no long scenes, the reader is able to easily follow the plot even when things move fast and scenes come and go quickly. Readers who enjoy military action stories that don’t bog you down in the details will enjoy this suspenseful novel.  This is a plot focused story that doesn’t spend a lot of time developing characters, aside from their physical attributes, so if you’re a reader that wants to be dropped into the middle of the action then this story is for you.

COVID-19 has been the subject of several conspiracy theories throughout the world. The author elaborates on his understanding of how it originated. Moreover, with the brief description of New York in 2035 covered in debris, there is the implication that if not properly attended to, the outcome of massive technology beyond human control could be catastrophic. Is this an indication of the subject of the author’s next book as well?

The Quantum Effect: “Mission COVID-19” is a thrilling science fiction story that I recommend to readers who enjoy action-packed adventure novels that never forgets to entertain the reader.

Pages: 141 | ASIN: B09JFHT2HR

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The New Cold War

The New Cold War : Defending Democracy From Russia's Secret Tech Weapon (Relevant Book 2) by [Peter Zaccagnino]

A war is being fought on a battlefield that’s separated by thousands of miles. The New Cold War, the latest entry in author Peter Zaccagnino’s thrilling The Relevant Series, finds Russia developing a technological superweapon that can destabilize the balance of power between the U.S. and Russia and create a new world order. Can agent Chris Hodge and his crack team figure out the complicated puzzle behind Russia’s quantum computer and accomplish their mission?

Throughout this riveting story every character has a unique dynamic that makes them very engaging. They are either witty, intelligent, or brave and they all serve to educate the reader about various political and technical matters through their unique points of view and knowledge of world affairs. Agent Hodge is skilled, punctual, politically savvy and a chess pro to boot. He will capture readers’ attention with his personality. As the novel’s only female character, Miss Valerie Mosier, exudes an autocratic, modern, and assertive female vibe that makes her an excellent character in a contemporary thriller. Also, an important character in the plot is Sergei, a brilliant and frustrated scientist, which I think serves as an example of how people allocated with the responsibility of advancement of a nation must have freedom of choice.

In an otherwise business-oriented atmosphere, the witty exchange of views between the tech-savvy and experts of the cyber security agency really elevates the intrigue in this novel. The chess tournament and matches between Hodge and other players are also what I believe to be ‘the knight’ in the story, a crucial element to the book.

This is an engrossing techno-thriller replete with technical jargon that will immerse readers in the quantum computing world. While I was a bit confused, as I’m certainly not an expert in quantum computers, I think it did feel authentic and led me to want to research a bit about quantum computing to make sense of the terminology. Nonetheless, as the story progresses, the author has done a great job including the character of Bond, a person who is less acquainted with quantum computing, so that the experts could explain it in layman’s terms to Bond and the reader.

With discussions of diversified political views and capitalism vs communism, the author has come up with a riveting story exploring the New ‘Cyber’ Cold War between the U.S. and Russia, and educates the reader about quantum computing while doing so.

The New Cold War is an intellectually-invigorating political thriller that is high in social commentary. Readers who enjoy crime thrillers or suspenseful espionage action novels will have plenty to enjoy in Peter Zaccagnino’s well-crafted page-turner.

Pages: | ASIN: B09J6GN127

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