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The Ghost of Emily (The Ghosts of Men Trilogy) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 23, 2017
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About the Author
James Fox Higgins is a musician, writer, and producer; working in the recording studio he built at his home near Byron Bay, Australia. James has worked his whole adult life as a professional entertainer, performing around the world in various original acts, as well as making a living in the world of corporate and private functions. James has attended more weddings as a singer than he likes to admit. As a solo artist, James Fox Higgins has released three self-produced albums to date, and between music production clients and gigs, his passions are reading science fiction and philosophy, and writing. You can hear James’ music and read his blog at www.jamesfoxhiggins.com
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Without spoiling anything, this science-fiction is a classic framework of a growing artificial intelligence bent on world domination and destruction of humanity, but instead of the total war of Skynet, the net is spun of good intentions and old human vices and temptations. The characters of the story fight back, not only with weapons and science, but also with moral arguments, commitment to reality and I dare to say, deliberate peaceful parenting of children. And it's not like much of humanity isn't just as bad as the robots, who after all are trying to save us from ourselves and some very grim global events.
The characters are well-developed, but unanimous in their stances. The opposing stances are clear and antagonistic and you know which side is chosen by the main heroes, but both present logical arguments for why they do what they do and many of the arguments are compelling. Also, if you love or hate Elon Musk, you will want this book.
I found the story progressing easily, without any dull places, but ever-present cliffhangers. This was a must to buy, just to see what Fox is up to, but well worth it. Why exactly? The Ghost of Emily has this quality of art - I don't know if it's good or bad, but it's powerful, captivating. It's inspiring in the way that it's good but not perfect, much of the enjoyment comes from thinking how I could improve or add to the story or solve the unsolvable conflicts - and that's not something that happens to me very often. It's a way for the book world to immerse you. I will definitely buy the next books in trilogy, when they come out.
As for the book itself, it's a great introduction to a interesting and dynamic universe, which explains some concepts(which I don't wish to give away) to the reader that are based in reason, and morality. That isn't to say it's preachy, because it isn't. The book strikes a very nice balance between the message that Higgin's is conveying, and the character growth/plot development.
Overall, solid first work, great job Higgin's.
The graceful balance achieved between the pre and post apocalyptic timeline running concurrently is a symphony that culminates in an enlightened understanding of human frailty and strength. Many of the themes are timely regarding political and technological philosophical response, and the situational ethics are apt. My personal view is that this would make a great screenplay, and would be an asset to any director.
Considering the initial disconnect between the timelines, the character development is excellent. The Author does exceedingly well to keep secrets till the allotted time, whilst maintaining separate lines of discourse. The reader is kept in suspense as long as possible, whilst delivering enough to keep the pages turning. Australia should be proud to have such creative prowess gracing its shores.
A heartfelt story that explores morality, the nature of consciousness and god, the Ghost of Emily is a highly recommended read.