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In the near future, about 40 years from now, pretty much everybody is walking around with a neural implant inside their head, linking them to virtually everyone else. This isn’t an especially new idea—plenty of other writers are telling stories about cultures based on similar technology—but Leuthardt, an expert in the science of neuroprosthetics, puts a fresh spin on the idea by tying it to a mystery story. A series of murders has the police stumped; detective Edwin Krantz, a guy who would feel more at home in a less-technological era, works his way through the clues and evidence until he reaches Dr. Hagan Maerici, an artificial-intelligence researcher whose early work might have a connection with today’s epidemic of murders. While the writing is a bit raw—the author is a veteran scientist but a rookie novelist, and it shows a little—the story is quite intriguing and smartly constructed, and boasts a cast of memorable characters (Krantz being the standout). --David Pitt
“Provocative and scary, there's an utter realism that leaps from every page. You'll find yourself not only savoring a peek into the psyche, but one into the future as well.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Key
“Here is a thriller that is as cutting-edge as the keenest scalpel, written by a young neurosurgeon and expert on brain-computer interfaces. The action is fast and furious, even as the novel grapples with some of the deepest and most disturbing questions in medicine, computing, and the nature of consciousness.”
—Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of Impact
“A terrifying journey into the promise and peril of artificial intelligence. You'll never look at a computer chip the same way again.”
—J.E. Fishman, bestselling author of The Dark Pool
"Leuthardt puts his expertise as a neurosurgeon to good use in his impressive debut."
"Leuthardt describes a world that others have imagined wherein humans have chosen to 'upgrade' by adding computer interfaces to their brains . . . but he adds his own spin with neuroscience and computing details. . . . Fans of the intersection between hard science and wetware should relish this tale."
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In the not so distant future, people cellphones will be littering the junkyard like VCR's did once DVD's and digital recording were invented. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nathan Mercer
Good plot if a little overcomplicated plot. Unusually good character development for a science fiction novel.Published 6 months ago by Douglas B. Mayers
I enjoyed Red Devil 4. I work for the author so I am a little bias.Published 9 months ago by Mary Ann Coker
Very intelligent sci-fi thriller from an author with a fascinating background. Did some digging after I read the book and Leuthardt is in the top 10 most patents of current... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Edmund Morel
I rarely read fiction books anymore but the author's a professor at my medical school. I really liked it: great entertainment value and very accurate depiction of medicine and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by anon
The integration of neuroscience makes this sci-fi thriller unique and exciting to read. The author created characters that are very realistic, giving enough physical and emotion... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jill H Smith
engaging story with speculations about the future of neuroprosthetics and artificial intelligence. A great summer read.Published 15 months ago by J. P. Miller
Imagine a world where people are connected wirelessly to everything… from the internet to their homes, cars, jobs… each other. Read morePublished 16 months ago by DJ Weaver