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Turing Evolved [Kindle Edition]

David Kitson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (501 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Ex-DEMON pilot Jon Carlson meets beautiful humanitarian Rachel, it's a match made in HEAVEN. Literally, because Rachel's an ANGEL. She's also an AI controlled android of immense power and capability. As Jon finds himself drawn into the world of these enigmatic creations of mankind, he unknowingly becomes involved in a program to create autonomous superweapons intended to fight the next war.

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  • File Size: 535 KB
  • Print Length: 397 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00954PX1I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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119 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story - Sure Hope There is a Sequel April 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you like a good science fiction tale along with some action and adventure, I would highly recommend this one to you. The author does a great job of having you get inside the head of his characters, and I found myself daydreaming about some of the technology in a Walter Mitty moment wishing some of the technologies in the book were available today; I had a hard time putting this one down and stayed up really late last night reading it. There is a hint of a sequel to this book in the author notes at the end, and I will gladly purchase it if / and / or when it becomes available.

I will caution you, there are some situations where the language is really bad (if that offends some of you) but it does not take away from the story, and there are a few minor editing issues that will make you stop here and there but they do not damage the story.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and engaging, in need of editing May 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Described by the author as "military science fiction," this book drew me in immediately and managed to hold my attention throughout. The storyline was riveting, with a nice flow that kept it going through to the end. There were several surprising twists and turns, and it was fun to try to figure out the connections. I found the characterization to be fitting for the genre. Although the story is clearly science fiction, there is quite a bit of self-discovery that Jon's character goes through, adding more depth to the storyline. The element of romance rounds out the novel to give it a wider appeal.

One thing I really loved about this story was the blurring of the line between reality and virtual reality. I won't pretend to understand some of the more technical references (in some places, I'm not even sure what was made-up or real), but I understood that the line between what's real and what's not is not always clear, nor is it always an important distinction. Even after reading this story and contemplating it a bit, it's still hard to get my head around the realities of some of the AI characters, and how it is- or isn't- different from the reality of humans. The entire story leaves a lot of food for thought. I loved the concept of Mindspace and how it was (and could be) used as both an escape and a tool. I can definitely see elements of our own future as a society in this book. The ending offers yet another perspective; one I really didn't see coming. I wish the tie-in to the ending had been a little stronger, though. The concept was great, but I had a little trouble relating it to some of the earlier events. I'm not sure whether a bit more explanation would have done the trick, or whether it's better left as something to ponder.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting read May 29, 2011
By Bob
Format:Kindle Edition
First my comments on the Kindle version, it does look as though it has been spell checked with auto correct which has sometimes put in the wrong word. Apart from that which spoilt the reading flow I thoroughly enjoyed the book, it is the authors first book and there are others to come using the same characters but reads well as a standalone rather than one of a series. As the author borrows heavily from concepts that have been explored by other authors and in films such as the "Matrix" series I felt familiar with the settings, this is no bad thing as it meant the author could build on preconceived ideas and concentrate on the development of characters and their interrelationships. On the face of it the story is about the relationship between humans and artificial intelligences, again this has been developed in the film "AI", with some descriptive combats thrown in again using concepts that have been used before powered armour controlled by the wearer. While everything seems straightforward and a romance tale between humans and artificial intelligences I did not see the twist at the end coming. A nodding reference is given to Issac Azimov however the artificial intelligences in this book are not bound by Azimov's robotic laws and have their own moral code.
All of this sounds very negative but it is not intended to as I enjoyed the book, it is funny how preconceived ideas help or hinder as the author uses the term "scaffold" to describe part of the apparatus used to enter the virtual world and every time I came across the word scaffold I had the mental picture of a building site, not I am sure the authors intention.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Indie novel August 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was very surprised by how good this book was, since it was available at no cost. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars - which it otherwise deserves - is the lack of editing. By editing, I'm referring to story line development as well as to grammar and usage. Usage problems such as "your" for "you're" (and, oddly enough, "you're" for "your"), I can overlook. But a good editor could tighten this story up a bit and easily make it a top tier novel. The basics of this book are that good.

That said, this is an outstanding book because:

- There are several intriguing near-future technical concepts, such as AI that can pass (and exceed) the Turing Test, fusion power reduced almost to the appliance level (think "Mr. Fusion"), and virtual realities that are indistinguishable from the Real Deal.

- It presents a fairly convincing picture of a society based on those advances.

- The characterization is consistently well done. Jon, the hero in this tale, and his counterparts and his foils are all portrayed in a believable way. An interesting part of the characterization is how 'Angels' (AI-based androids) are portrayed. There are a lot of different approaches that might work; Mr. Kitson picked an interesting one and handled it consistently.

- The plotting was excellent. It's very engaging, despite the book's length. The story's believable (accepting the tech at face value) and, best of all, I didn't suspect the final plot twist until very near the end of the book. No spoilers here.

- Dialog was pretty well written. Maybe it's me, but it seems that Strine (and British) authors like to start dialog remarks with the name of the person being addressed. For example: "Laura, you need to tell me more," and "Laura, will you make me a sandwich?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars: Excellent Sci-Fi Tale About AI and Morality
In a world where soldiers pilot DEMONs into battle (awesome combat mech suits) and AI controlled ANGELs perform humanitarian deeds, a former soldier named Jon will meet an ANGEL... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Dr.Gonzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good
One of the best books I've read for the perfect blend of intrigue, character development and action. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Martin McMahon
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The story flows well & just when you think you know what's going on, the author throws a curve ball.. good story!
Published 16 days ago by YOLANDA TAYLOR
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Science Fiction Read
Found this to be an amazing good science fiction read.This book kept me fully interested from the start to the end. I found it hard to put down. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Sheila L. Hurt
1.0 out of 5 stars Missed the point
Perhaps I missed the point, was this the second book in the series? It seemed to pick up in right in the middle assuming you knew everything that was going on. Read more
Published 23 days ago by trose1
5.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting plot twists
Starts out a bit slow and in a strange directions, which does eventually turn out to be important. A couple of minor logical flaws in the conclusion but overall a very good read.
Published 27 days ago by Scott F Fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars YIKES!!
I just finished this, after picking it up yesterday. PLEASE, WRITE MORE!!! While the editing (for typos) could have been stronger, the story could not have. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Triage IV
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, amazing story with twists, turns and developments that I...
Turing Evolved is an amazing work! I was swept up suddenly - immersed from the beginning. Thankfully, I could read it on my phone as well as my tablet, because I no longer had... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this one down
Wow. This was a fantastic book. It had just the right mix of sci-fi, dystopian and a little romance. It was well written and the characters were believable and well developed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia A. Blaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but overall excelent.
I found the romantic elements to be a little lacking, but the setting and combat writing were top notch. I daydream about this book often. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Drew Pilcher
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