- File Size: 3740 KB
- Print Length: 355 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1734314605
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Strawberry Creek, LLC (April 3, 2020)
- Publication Date: April 3, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B085RDRTPK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,133 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Past Praise for Kirk Russell
"You know as you read this one that you are on to something good. Kirk Russell comes out of the gate with a story brimming with fresh characters and artful prose. Shell Games announces the start of what I think will be a great career." --Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author
"Readers looking for a superbly crafted, cleverly plotted, highly suspenseful thriller with a larger-than-life hero need look no further than Redback--or, indeed, the entire John Marquez series. Outstanding!" --Booklist (starred review)
"With more twists and turns than Lombard Street, Russell's complex plot makes for a pulse-pounding police thriller." --Library Journal on A Killing in China Basin
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“No Hesitation” raises the stakes even more, pitting Grale against an old nemesis at the same time groups unknown want to target a military base housing the most advanced AI “entity” yet. All while Grale’s past bomb injuries threaten to end his career.
Russell handles it all with the grace and aplomb of an expert, and sets up the ending as the potential opening of a new chapter in Grale’s life.
A terrific ride. Just remember, it’s Kirk, not Kurt.
Well built on previous books but great as a stand alone.
I'm looking forward to seeing what the next book brings, I sincerely hope there are many more!
Paul Grale is an FBI bomb tech investigating the disappearance of two computer programmers responsible for a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. The government is afraid they either got kidnapped, or plan to sell the code.
Grale finds out that the AI is a dangerous drone, which runs through millions of scenarios before deciding to attack whoever enter the Las Vegas’ base perimeter. The AI, however, makes mistakes, or sees so far into the future when it makes its decision, and has no ability to think like a human before making a life or death decision.
To Grale’s chagrin, a known bomber that works with terrorist groups might be involved. That is a man that Grale and other intelligence agencies around the world have been trying to catch for decades.
One of the themes No hesitation by Kirk Russell tries to address is artificial intelligence (AI), and at what point to we stop pushing it. This is a very interesting discussion which people have had for ages. The author’s AI uses very powerful code, which can even learn to replicate itself (if it has parts), and can run millions of scenarios a second to take action. Those actions, however, seem to humans as unnecessary, cruel, and irresponsible.
The acts might or might not be proper, as our minds cannot follow the AI’s logic or how it attempts to foresee the future. The two programmers in the story act as a collective conscious of creators who regret their creation, that is out of the control. As many other weapon smiths have found out, once their weapons took on their own lore, it’s difficult to control. Many novels have been written about this issue, from Greek myths, to Frankenstein, to Watchmen, and to fictionalization of the Manhattan Project.
One other theme, which I found to be just as interesting, is when Grale is looking towards the near future and realizes that his career is over, and he needs to plan ahead. This is something many people who are in mid-career realize, sometimes it comes as a shock (injury, fired) and sometimes the clues have been around for a long time. Sometimes you cannot keep up with the new technology, keep learning at nights or in Grale’s case an injury which has been bothering him, and getting worst, for years.
I wouldn’t call the book fast paced, but the narrative moves quickly enough without sacrificing the story or the characters. I did not read the first two books, but frankly didn’t feel like I missed anything relevant. Besides the conjuncture of the AI technologies, I did not feel any of the story was way out of line, the author did not hurry his characters to move the story along, as its moves at its own pace.