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Perion Synthetics [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Verastiqui
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Book Description

Welcome to Perion City, home to the largest beta test ever conceived. Though its roughly half a million residents all consider themselves human, nearly a third live with the knowledge that they were not born... they were manufactured.

Sava Kessler has spent almost a decade protecting the public image of Perion Synthetics, the world's leading manufacturer of artificially intelligent, synthetic humans. In that time, she has elevated CEO James Perion to the role of national savior, a tech titan with the moral and financial fortitude to protect the country from maligned conglomerate Vinestead International. But now the savior is dying, and there is no guarantee that the next ruler of Perion City will share James Perion's vision of a synthetic utopia.

To ensure the company's survival, Sava enlists a synthetic army to defend a vulnerable Perion Synthetics from corporate sabotage, media scrutiny, and insidious threats from all corners of the city.

Will the world learn the true nature of the coming synthetic revolution? Can Sava keep inquisitive aggregators from the three largest media houses in the country from revealing the company's darkest secrets... and several of her own?

Find out by visiting Perion City in the third novel by Science Fiction author Daniel Verastiqui.

The Synthetic Revolution awaits.


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"Daniel Verastiqui has an obsession with giving his characters great big heaping gobs of amazing technology, and then watching them screw themselves with it. Perion Synthetics takes that to a new level." - Travis Holmes

From the Author

The difference between a terrorist and a freedom fighter? Perspective.

The social media juggernauts of Facebook, Twitter, and Wuphf have come and gone, replaced by a unified stream of information. A new form of media has taken over, connecting you to the world through an electronic device you insert in your ear. It is known as a whisperer, and the picture it paints of the world depends on which feed you subscribe to.

Are you a jet-setting, new-money, conqueror of the boardroom? Then Banks Media Productions out of Los Angeles may be up your alley. Prefer the gritty synth scene and want nothing but the latest updates on the sexiest tech to hit the market that morning? Try Lincoln Continental, run by Lincoln Tate out of Umbra. If the West Coast is dead to you, try the superficial glitz and glamour of The White Line, run by Texas native Benny Coker out of Atlantic City.

Whichever you choose, try to remember that no media house is unbiased, and that they aren't selling you information--they're selling you perspective.

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  • File Size: 988 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495282767
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JN7II3C
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised non-techie April 14, 2014
Format:Paperback
Let me begin by conceding that I do not often read hi-tech science fiction novels. I do enjoy a wide variety of fiction, including fantasy, so I hope my input will be helpful nevertheless.

I received an advance copy of this book, and did not know what to expect. As a newbie to this genre, I was pleasantly surprised. Though I wasn't familiar with many of the "hi-tech" terms, the author did an excellent job interweaving his explanations within his text without slowing down the flow of the book.

His characters are engaging and they caught my interest enough that the deeper philosophical/social issues the author delves into completely blindsided me. It was a positive effect. I won't spoil anything, but he uses a story about synthetic humans and computer augmentations to question larger ethical issues in media reporting, government control, and technological warfare (e.g. Drones, weapons of mass destruction, etc.).

These issues do not weigh down the text, and the author uses a fair share of snide humor to keep the interpersonal relationships from being overshadowed. There's even a little love for all of us romantics out there.

All in all, The only thing I found lacking from the text was a cogent reason why someone would want to undergo technological augmentations on themselves when it leaves a person so susceptible to someone else controlling those augmentations. That might be an issue he deals with in one of his other books though (which I've since learned all are set in the same "universe").

The book is entertaining and worth a read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Twist On An Old Theme April 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The idea of robots and humans coexisting in some crazy future isn't new. But this book explores some of the more interesting social implications that this would mean if it were really to occur. And it does this, all while including plenty of action and Verastiqui's trademark willingness to bring up the taboo.

I've read both of the author's previous books and was able to get an advanced copy of this one.

There is fighting (lots of fighting), espionage, and the threat of genocide woven throughout the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verastiqui has outdone himself April 21, 2014
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In short, Perion Synthetics is unlike anything I've ever read. Verastiqui paints a not-too-distant future where your smart phone is embedded in your wrist, the word “feed” has become a transitive technoverb, and synthetic humanoids indistinguishable from you and I roam freely. Typical sci-fi tropes? On the surface, perhaps, but Verastiqui delves deeper into technological and political issues that you’ll find a little too familiar with what modern media is becoming.

The story centers on the titular company and a cast of characters that weave a story of deceit, espionage, death, and other fast-paced plot elements I’ll leave tacit as not to spoil anything. To describe this book as a “page turner” would be a grave understatement. Curious if the author will address what will inevitably happen “behind closed doors” between fallible humans and synthetic beings of the opposite sex? The only answer you’re going to get from me is “you’re just going to have to read it for yourself.”

If you’re familiar with the Verastiqui oeuvre, his storytelling elements in this book are omnipresent yet surprisingly fresh: wry humor, unapologetic grittiness, remarkable depth of character writing, loss of love and its ersatz replacement, rampant technology, and the megacorporation therein that may-or-may-not control all the information.

If Perion Synthetics were to be compared to a film, it would be Blade Runner - written by Lars von Trier and directed by Sam Peckinpah. A by-the-book sci-fi story this is not; Verastiqui is a master of the cyber-punk genre and I dare anyone that knows Asimov from Orwell to disagree.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Matthew
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Really Enjoyed this book. It has great pacing, as fast as the technology that drives this world, snappy as a keyboard. The way this book moves through the story is unique; as you leap frog through the story, the author tricks you, deceives you, then hands you what you knew the whole time. ˝ Mystery, ˝ Cyberpunk. Bladerunner meets Foundation. The characters are real, lively and snarky. There’s humor in here, in there’s some horror. For a moment I thought there was going to be a zombie apocalypse. Moreover, its well written. I’m a big fan of Michael Moorcock’s long winded weaving of linguistic tapestries that stop the story where it’s at while the scene is created… That’s not happening here. Technology doesn’t have time for you to look around, you better take it in as you move, and that’s exactly what the author produces. The ending felt a little chopped, but probably because I wanted more. Good job, off to try another.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daniel Verastiqui's best book yet. April 14, 2014
Format:Paperback
I have read a couple of his books before, and was graced with an advanced copy. Perion Synthetics is his best book yet. He follows different characters, giving you a well rounded view of the futuristic world through many different lenses, leaving you frantically reading for more, unable to put the book down.

Throughout the whole book, you are not only entertained with an interesting story, but left with a nagging thought of what is truly a human soul vs artificial intelligence, and what are its rights. I have dismissed such conversations before, but Perion Synthetics presents some realistic issues we may face in the not too distant future.

For those needing to know more specifics for youths reading it: There is explicit language, sex, and violence. This may not be a book for people under 16. But for science fiction readers who don't mind that like I do, this book is a great read. I recommend it for anyone's library.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a ride!
Perion Synthetics explores the core of a company intent on producing the ultimate android. No one is who they seem to be, often not even what the seem to be, human or... Read more
Published 22 days ago by DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Robotic Aspirations
I've read all of the books in the Vinestead Universe and Perion Synthetics is definitely my favorite. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Timothy W Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars The Possible Future
Really enjoyed this book by Daniel Verastiqui. The future Verastiqui paints is one that feels not far from the realm of the possible. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Todd Pruner
4.0 out of 5 stars 6 parts and 6 codas: lots of action and suspense
I really liked this book. There's quite a bit of fighting/violence and some
"bad" language. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dennis Nuel
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly addicted
Great read! This is the 3rd+ in a series that I've been enjoying immensely. I think this is the best book yet purely based on the storytelling and the entertaining and real... Read more
Published 6 months ago by GregAusTex
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book about the uncanny valley
This is a good book, the best by the author so far. It touches on a lot of topics that we might be facing in the not-to-distant future as talk of the singularity becomes more... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Faloi
4.0 out of 5 stars Perion Synthetics is a great read
If you are not familiar with the author, then I would highly recommend checking out the latest addition to his collection. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Justin Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great page-turner loaded with action and plot twists!
(Disclaimer: I was given an advanced copy of Perion Synthetics for feedback and review)

Set in the not-too-distant-future, this latest novel from Daniel Verastiqui takes... Read more
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More About the Author

Daniel Verastiqui is the author of Science Fiction novels Perion Synthetics, Veneer, and Xronixle. He studied English and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin.

His most recent book, Perion Synthetics, returns once again to the Vinestead universe to showcase the rise of two game-changing technologies: artificially intelligent synthetic humans, and curated media feeds whispered directly into a subscriber's ear. The book offers a glimpse of the world in the years prior to the great Vinestead War, and continues the storylines of the most influential characters from Xronixle and Guardian Angels. According to his mother, Perion Synthetics is a novel she plans to read one day.

Verastiqui currently resides in Austin, TX where he works a day job at one of Austin's many high-tech companies.

danielverastiqui.com

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