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From the Author
One of the most important of these is the surprising discovery of the true origin of the alien passenger, Anchanchu, that threatens to break Jack's mind. Since this being will become vital to the story yet to come, it was important to reveal its nature to you, the reader, as well as to Jack and, most surprisingly, to Anchanchu himself.
Finally, this is a tale of mankind's quest for artificial intelligence and the existential risks that quest poses for all of humanity. In that regard, I credit Nick Bostrom and his wonderful book on the subject, "SUPERINTELLIGENCE: PATHS, DANGERS, STRATEGIES", for his many insights into the dangers and containment measures that need to be carefully considered prior to taking such an evolutionary forward leap.
About the Author
Richard Phillips was born in Roswell, New Mexico. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He qualified as an Army Ranger and served in the US Army for more than a decade. He received a master’s degree in physics from the Naval Postgraduate School and completed his thesis work at Los Alamos National Laboratory. After that, he served as a research officer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory before completing his service with the army. His military and technological background sparked his passion for powerful science fiction storytelling with a futuristic flair. He is also the bestselling author of the novels Once Dead, Dead Wrong, The Second Ship, Immune, and Wormhole. Today, he resides in Phoenix with his wife, Carol.
- ASIN : B00QJ1V5RQ
- Publisher : 47North (May 19, 2015)
- Publication date : May 19, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2861 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 372 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #188,938 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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More than the previous two books, the author has used science fiction elements to present a thriller. Like the previous two books, this book is “R” rated (Extreme violence). The story is fast paced but the reader doesn’t get lost between the story and Jack’s battle with the mind worm. The author uses today’s technology (Man brain-machine interfaces – artificial intelligence) along with sci-fi tech like some Star Trek stories (Space travel and alien encounters). The characters are all well developed with the story presented in a manner that makes it almost believable.
With limited exceptions, the human characters (those still alive) in this story are all scarred by the war between the AI’s (Jack & Janet at the low end; Jamal and Caroline at the high end). One big question is what becomes of the NSA’s Jamal AI? It will be interesting to see how the author weaves the mind worm, Sun Staff, Jamal’s AI and the two alien races presented in the Rho Agenda trilogy into a story or stories in future books.
I am sad to see them end. I wish for movies of them but I think they would have to be animated since real actors would probably age out of their role, there is just so much to cover.
I highly recommend all of them. I read them in date order since at the time of purchase, I did not know the author recommended chronological order. Still very enjoyable.
I am constantly amazed by the depth of knowledge Richard Phillips displays in spy craft and technology. I'm glad he creates strong female characters, and that he combines science fiction with mystery and intrigue. This keeps me reading, and makes me hungry for more of the same. I hope Anchanchu gets his own series of books.
Top reviews from other countries
Jack, Janet and the NSA’s special force, the ‘ghost’ team, are called in to rescue Jamal and stop the advancement of a powerful artificial intelligence initiated by the Chinese spy, Qiang Chu, and Steve Grange, a multi millionaire pioneer in medicine, more specifically brain surgery. He has an agenda of his own which involves his long dead wife.
With non stop action, teamed with treachery, death and destruction, the ghost team are up against an adversary like no other.
Jack battles against, and slowly gains more and more control over, the demon, Anchanchu. Jack’s dreams that aren’t really dreams, but more like detailed memories that are not his own, become more vivid and harder to shake off. Eventually he and Anchanchu come to an agreement on a subconscious level. This is the first time Anchanchu has been able to form any kind of communication with his host during the many centuries past.
Dead shift completes Jack Gregory’s and Janet Price’s back story with an incredibly tense and suspenseful narrative that shows the demon inhabiting Jack’s mind is not at all what it first seemed. As the surprising information regarding Anchanchu’s true nature increases it’s very satisfying to finally know how this, and some events during the preceding books, tie into to Jack and Janet’s involvement in the Rho Agenda.
Exploring the concept of artificial intelligence technology is incredible and terrifying and the extremely dangerous belief that software and machines could be created with independent intelligence is taken a step further in this gripping story. Very skilfully written and thought through, with a substantial number of facts to give much credibility. A tight plot plus the addition of convincing and strong characters, make this a terrific action/sci-fi thriller. I love Richard Phillip’s writing style, with short chapters alternating between the different perspectives and storylines. MacLeod Andrews’ narration is just right and faultless as always, giving the narrative extra impact.