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Product Details

  • Series: Wyman Ford Series
  • Audio CD: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427243832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427243836
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Preston’s latest solo novel (he’s mostly known as one half of the Preston-Child team who write the Special Agent Pendergast series) takes a wildly implausible premise and turns it into a very entertaining thriller. The Kraken Project is a NASA initiative to send a probe to Titan, a large moon of Saturn. Because of the distance involved, real-time control of the probe is impossible, so NASA decides to make the probe autonomous via cutting-edge artificial-intelligence software. But the software, called Dorothy, malfunctions and escapes into the Internet, where it plans a reign of terror that begins with revenge against its creator and will end with the annihilation of humankind itself. Dorothy’s creator goes on the run; Wyman Ford, ex-CIA agent and star of a few previous novels, is tasked by the president to find the woman (who, most everyone suspects, deliberately unleashed Dorothy). Whether or not you buy the premise of sentient software roaming the Internet, you won’t be able to deny that this is an exciting story. Preston sells the premise by sheer force of will: his characters are so compelling, his storytelling so persuasive, that we buy it all completely, at least as long as we’re inside the book. Bravo. --David Pitt --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

DOUGLAS PRESTON is the author of The Monster of Florence, currently being developed as a film starring George Clooney as Preston himself, and the New York Times bestsellers Impact, Tyrannosaur Canyon, and Blasphemy. He is the co-author, with Lincoln Child, of the famed Pendergast series of novels, including such bestselling titles as The Book of the Dead and The Wheel of Darkness, as well as The Relic, which was made into a number one box office hit movie.


Scott Sowers has narrated numerous audiobooks, including books by Douglas Preston, Robert Ludlum, John Hart, and Nicholas Sparks. He was named the 2008 Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense by AudioFile magazine. AudioFile also awarded Sowers an Earphones Award for his narration of John Hart’s Down River, writing, “[providing] a bewitching rhythm and pace, expertly capturing and elevating this story of redemption. The combination of Hart and Sowers provides the perfect marriage of prose and voice. Together they enable the book to transcend genre fiction and become something exceptional.”


More About the Author

Douglas Preston, who worked for several years in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction works Dinosaurs in the Attic and Cities of Gold, and the novel, Jennie. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Customer Reviews

Very fast paced and hard to put down.
Mark W
My main problem with the book is that I simply cannot buy into the main premise of the story, for whatever reason it just seems too unbelievable.
I have read all the Douglas Preston solo books and enjoyed every one.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By D. Kittrell on May 14, 2014
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This is nominally the fourth Wyman Ford book. He's a great character: ex-CIA, ex-Christian monk, high-end private investigator. But he's stuck in a rut and seems to have memory problems. Other than some incidental character overlaps, the Wyman Ford books all tell a similar story. High tech intrigue (even alien invasion of a sort), two different kinds of strong AI threats that devolve into mystical endings (well, maybe only one but strong hints at two), a smart techie woman in a bad situation. And our Mr. Ford never even so much as says "you know, this is like another case I had...". It's getting to be a problem for the series. I know Douglas Preston is a better writer than this current book shows -- even the earlier Ford stories showed that, not to mention his wonderful work on the Pendergast series. But he needs to improve the continuity of the Wyman Ford books and get the man involved in actually solving problems not just along for the ride. Sorry, this one let me down. It has a potboiler vibe and Preston shouldn't need money bad enough to let this get out without a better story behind it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kurt G. Schumacher VINE VOICE on June 4, 2014
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I have always looked forward to new books from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, but this one left me feeling like I had been hit in the face with a dead fish.

The plot was nothing original... an Artificial Intelligence program escapes and the chase is on to prevent it from wiping out mankind. There characters seemed more like caricatures. I liked the character of the programmer who wrote the program, but she wasn't developed nearly enough.

But the main problem with this book is that the author clearly does not have a good enough understanding of technology to write a believable story that is so solidly based in that technology. I lost it when one character pointed out that an iPad has enough computing power to simulate the human brain. REALLY? Why aren't iPads running the world already? Or maybe they are... that might explain a lot...

Okay, I'm a software developer, so when I read a book or see a movie where computer technology is a key component, it sometimes ending up being a comedy when it wasn't intended to. And my wife rolls her eyes when I start shouting at the TV when the characters on cop shows start spouting tech gibberish. But this book went so far beyond credibility that I almost stopped reading, which I hardly ever do. As it is, I found myself skimming though pages, wihich I also very seldom do.

And it's not that the technology is so blatantly stretched to the breaking point, but that the AI character consistently does things that it is not supposed to be able to do based on previous statements in the book itself. I can't go into details without revealing to much of the plot.

The level of writing was also far below what I've come to expect from Preston. If it weren't for the graphic violence in the book, I would have through this was a Young Adult novel.

This book was a major disappointment. I hope it's an aberration and that Preston gets back on track soon.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michael Meyer on May 17, 2014
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I have a bias as Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are two of my favorite authors. So I asked for and received this as a birthday gift on the first day it was released. I read it over two days. Parts of it I liked, like the beginning with the plot setup. The overall concept was very good (what happens when an autonomous AI program escapes control of its programmers) but the details were at times hard to believe, such as the AI's character transformation and the source of that change. Adding to that was one of the main character's (a 12 years boy) constant complaining about his ruined life. Ok, he is a depressed lonely kid who experienced a tragic accident. Maybe that behavior would be realistic, but I just found it annoying. It seemed like the author was going for the YA audience. The result of his tragic accident also made the action sequence at the end of the book hard to believe. On a positive note, the build up of suspense toward the end of the book was very well done, even if I didn't care for the character. I fond several of his earlier novels to be better.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Soundman on May 17, 2014
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First, let me say that I am a HUGE Preston/Child fan (although NOT of the Gideon Crew novels) and have also read the Wymam Ford books, which I have totally enjoyed.
But this Kraken Project is not written with the clarity necessary to pull off this kind of story.

Dorothy is not "real", she's artificial intelligence. Yet as she travels through the internet Preston writes her experience as that of a human (which she basically is, but with no body) in a "physical world" encountering other "humans" (?) while in cyberspace, which I am ASSUMING to be that she is stumbling upon various online game environments and the characters in those games (as usual, they are not good characters).
But it's not clear.
And if I am so unclear of this story this short way into the book, I know I cannot be the only one.
I can usually figure things out in books very well. But this is odd. Very.

As talented a writer as he is, I think Preston may have bitten off more than he can chew with this, especially given that it's not a very long book.
I think he may have rushed to get this written, which sucks because it makes it "undeveloped" in certain aspects. Unclear. Confusing.

I'll write more later after I finish. But I wanted to put this out there so other readers won't feel alone in their thinking about the book if they too find this convoluted.

Giving this 3 stars for effort.
His worst book so far. But, not all authors can write 5 star novels every time. I will continue to read his work, but hopefully he will put more into better stoylines.
Preston and Child should stop the horrible Gideon Crew series as it is just taking time that could be better spent on the solo projects..... and not have a huge pile of distractions when writing the Pendergast series.
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