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- Print Length: 353 pages
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- Publisher: Starboard Rock Press; 1 edition (July 12, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 12, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073X7RY86
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- Lending: Enabled
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The Turing Test: a Tale of Artificial Intelligence and Malevolence (Frank Adversego Thrillers Book 4) Kindle Edition
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The Turing Test is more cerebral than Updegrove’s first three books, but it’s still a page turner.
This book is an easy read with characters and plot you can appreciate, understand and relate to, if you have any understanding of technology. Yes, this book is a thriller. And yes, it is fiction. We hope it stays that way, despite it being convincingly real.
* I've bought and read most or all of them
The sad thing is, the story is too believable and will have you looking at the headlines of your favorite new site to see what is going on.
I definitely enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
Prior to reading this book I possessed little knowledge of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and absolutely no understanding of the darker dangers it brings into our world. This wasn't a problem because, just as he has done so ably in every novel so far, without overloading Updegrove is careful to offer his readers the necessary information along the way. But I sensed that the complexities of AI gave Updegrove more than his fair share of challenges in this respect. He clearly knows a great deal about the subject, yet manages to keep the relevant theoretical explanations within the dialogue and comprehensible to an uninitiated reader such as myself. That must be such a hard thing to do and I'd say he pulls it off with considerable aplomb.
I was also struck by the different style that Updegrove uses in the writing of this novel. For instance, I think there's a great deal more dialogue. Overall, the pace is slower and Updegrove keeps a fairly tight rein on the upbeat tone that's apparent in his earlier works (and I'd say used to such dramatic effect when contrasted with those novels' darker moments). For me, 'The Turing Test' is a stealthier creature. It packs its punches in a different but equally effective manner, delivering a terrific tension and suspense that ebbs and flows throughout a lengthy narrative peppered with twists, turns and shocking surprises. And the breathtaking build-up to the unforgettable climax is nothing short of masterful (I thought it was absolutely terrific).
There also seem to be some subtle differences in Frank Adversego's characterisation. Again, not so upbeat, and I'd say possibly slightly more serious and less socially awkward. The risk of spoilers necessitates brevity at this point but Frank's relationships take a very interesting turn in this novel and I was delighted by this. I also found it very satisfying to witness once again his poignant relationship with his father (and I'd urge those unfamiliar with 'The Alexandria Project' to read that novel first, in order to fully enjoy the marvellous but sparse exchanges between father and son that take place in 'The Turing Test').
Once again, Updegrove has given us a substantial and highly-polished professional novel, with crisp interior presentation and eye-catching relevant cover artwork, produced to a far higher standard than is often found in mainstream publications. Our reading world is all the better for his magnificent contributions.