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Extinction: A Thriller Hardcover – February 12, 2013
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Jim Pierce builds prosthetic devices. His estranged daughter Layla is a computer hacker. China's Ministry of State Security is displeased that Layla hacked the Chinese government's network with the help of a former Chinese agent named Dragon Fire. Dragon Fire (whose ability to travel unimpeded to the US on short notice goes unexplained) shows up in New York long enough to give Layla a flash drive with information about the evil Dr. Zhang, who has networked the brains of twenty-nine lobotomized dissidents. The network, hidden in a remote compound, is named Supreme Harmony. It is designed to analyze surveillance videos in real time. In a surprise to Dr. Zhang but not to readers of trashy thrillers, Supreme Harmony has an "I am alive" moment and develops a collective consciousness of its own, not unlike the Borg. And like all Computers Gone Bad, it decides it needs to destroy humanity to preserve itself.
Pierce lost his wife, son, and arm during an attack by "al Qaeda martyrs" in Nairobi, one of many overused plot devices upon which Mark Alpert relies. Now Pierce has a bunch of prosthetic arms. He can detach one and snap on a replacement in seconds. One incorporates a machine gun. Yes, a machine gun arm. That, at least, is good for a laugh, as is a ...Read more ›
Extinction has a great premise and it should have worked beautifully; unfortunately it is ruined, for me, by this juvenile series of situations where the story protagonists CONSTANTLY cheat death at the last vital second; I mean, ALL the time, it just gets silly. It has very believably written technology, but is so let down by the YA tone and lack of believability (not the technology, the storyline), I couldn't finish it - I finally stopped when Pierce and Chan escape a major tidal wave that destroys cities by, wait for it, driving ahead of it in a 3-wheeled car UP a 50 metre flight of steps to get above the water line... Oh dear god, and it's FULL of crap like this. And of course, there's the compulsory, unnecessary, love interest. Give me a break.
I listened to the audiobook. The reader was good with male voices, but atrocious when it came to female voices. He sounded like a choking grandpa. Not appealing.
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This review is for the Audible.com audiobook. It was my first purchase and after the first few chapters, I was already regretting it. "What have I ordered?", I wondered. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Yvette Zarate
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