- Paperback: 390 pages
- Publisher: inSyte (May 13, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615484875
- ISBN-13: 978-0615484877
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #625,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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inSyte: If suddenly you have all the answers… well that raises a lot of interesting questions. Paperback – May 13, 2011
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Greg has been happily married since 2001 to the beautiful and inspirational Serena, and has two wonderful and beautiful children – Grace and Miller. Greg Kiser graduated from Southern Polytechnic University in Atlanta with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Greg also earned his MBA from the University of South Florida. He is currently a Director at a Fortune 50 High tech firm that makes the equipment upon which the internet runs, lives, grows. Greg has written extensively for fortune 50 high tech firms in describing next generation networks and painting pictures of the true evolution of technology for the consumer. Greg’s short story – Did They Tell You? – was selected for the 2010 San Francisco Writer’s conference Anthology.
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Top Customer Reviews
It may sound the perfect piece of technology, but in Syte it has its dark side that Mitch has to fight. It also reveals to him that his lover Kate's father is an evil man, who talks about family and Christian values but covets money and power. He'll stop at nothing to get it. He's already introduced Chesler, a dark evil presence, into the equation. Although he's the bad guy, he's interesting and we see into what makes him act the way he does - the personal idea of justice that he has and that motivates him.
It takes a little while to get into the story since the necessary background has to be covered, but once it gets going, like the technology it's based on, it's unstoppable. It's an exciting, unpredictable book. There's a lot of violence, but it fits into the scheme of the world that's depicted. It's a modern but harsh one. The technology described is feasible. We're all very familiar with computers, social media, smartphones and so on these days, it doesn't actually seem that big a deal for it to move on to an inSyte sort of level. As Kiser said in an interview:
I was in a business meeting in 1999 and the customer asked me some questions and they weren't quite important enough for me to fire up my laptop (which took about 5 min in those days) so I said I'd get back to him. It struck me that it would be nice to have access to the info on that laptop unbeknownst to the customer. That would be sort of cool, make me seem pretty smart.
As time went on, I realized that's really inevitable with the internet. There are glasses you can buy today - so called visual headgear - that let you watch content on your ipod. Maybe while you're on a plane. Obviously you can also view info on your smart phone. Let's say voice recognition software improves and the glasses get smaller. Say the glasses become contact lenses. You get the picture. It's just a matter of time before you can get online anytime, all the time, and you're doing searches based on a question asked of you. Or just by thinking about something. So you would search the net the way you search your memory. That's the high concept and from there I developed the conflict to make the book (hopefully) interesting.
If you want an unput-downable read that will make you think (as well as avoid people matching Chesler's description for the rest of your life!) then I urge you to read this sensibly priced, extremely entertaining and provoking novel.
So often the books we read are some regurgitated form of another story we have already read; but not so, here. From the first chapter, the book grabbed hold and took me on a wild ride. The author pulls his knowledge from so many sources to weave a refreshingly original tale about an ex-Navy SEAL with unique abilities, a corrupt politician, and a mysterious Russian character. Without giving away too much, I must say that I would have liked more explanation about the ending, but as another reader pointed out, we have the groundwork for a great prequel or sequel.
Although this is pure fiction, there is definitely an element of potential truth to it. Technologically speaking, I was left wondering if perhaps we are heading in this direction. This would be a great book club read; I'd love to see where the in-depth discussions would lead.
When the right person reads this book, I am sure it will become an excellent movie.
I resonated with one of the underlying messages. The main character is involved in developing a new technology and potential investors are asking "What is the downside?" In the begining of the book he believes there is no down side, but that changes at the end of the book. Something for all of us to think about.
Enjoy the book!
The authors view of the future of the internet and how technology will be prevalent in our daily lives in dead-on. I like his vision of how our lives intermingle with technology will be key to our lives...but don't mistake this as sci-fi; it is not.
This is an easy read with a dialogue we hear and think each day. I recommend you read it!