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To prevent the Kardish (aliens) from capturing Criss, a team from the Union of Nations and Criss' inventor, Dr. Tallete, deceive the aliens by sending an inferior crystal intelligence into space. Angered by the deception, the Kardish fight the team, losing the battle.
Upon returning to earth, the politicians, perhaps guided by the aliens, want to recreate the AI. Can the team prevent this from happening and preserve humanity? To find out, you'll have to read the sequel.
I enjoyed the story with all its subplots. The characters, even Criss, seemed real. The action was well-paced—I couldn't put the book down. I particularly enjoyed how Jack and Sid resolve problems with what is at hand. Kudos for originality to Mr. Cooper!
I really like the way the author developed his story. He provides the necessary background info to make the story come alive and be believable. This is the kind of story that was easy for me to get into and become an invisible tag along. When I can become so involved in a story that I feel I am there then this is a great book.
The action was nonstop and the story was full of plot twist. Even with this, Doug J. Cooper's writing style made the story easy to follow and read. This is the style of book I hate see end and now I can't wait to read the next installment.
I found it very easy to identify with Doug J. Cooper's cast of characters in this story. They were very real and believable. The background info he used to develop them made them come alive.
I really liked Crystal Deception by Doug J. Cooper and I highly recommend this book to all readers.
Synopsis (from the author): Criss lives in a special kind of prison. He can see and hear everything around the world. Yet a mesh restrains his reach and keeps him cooperative. His creator, Dr. Jessica Tallette, believes his special abilities offer great promise for humanity. But she fears the consequences of freeing him, because Criss, a sentient artificial intelligence with the intellect of a thousand humans, is too powerful to control.
Guided by her scientific training, Tallette works cautiously with Criss. That is, until the Kardish, an otherwise peaceful race of alien traders, announce they want him. With technologies superior to Earth’s, the Kardish express their desires with ominous undertones.
The Union of Nations is funding Tallete’s artificial intelligence research, and she turns to them for help. Sid, a special agent charged with leading the response, decides Earth’s greatest weapon is the very AI the aliens intend to possess. But what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? And what is humanity’s role if an interstellar battle among titans starts to rage?
What I liked: The action started early and didn’t slow down. The book was very well paced and the characters were well developed. Criss, as an AI being, quickly gained a likeable personality with a hint of a dark side. The human characters came across as real, with all of the doubts, bravado, and faults that humans possess. The science was believable and the concepts didn’t strain credibility. I did like the fight sequences on the Kardish ship and Criss’s evolution throughout the book tied the story together for me.
What I didn’t like: The Kardish (the aliens who want Criss) were a little one dimensional for me and more could have been done to beef up their role in the book. The ending was a little predictable, but did set the book up for a sequel.
Overall impression: Very nice science fiction read. There were some really great elements to the book, a bit of romance, and the science and concepts were entertaining. I would recommend Crystal Deception to sci-fi readers everywhere!
My rating: 4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 Stars)