by Eric C. Leuthardt
Cover Artist: Masterfile
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Forge Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765332561
Date: 04 February 2014
List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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In 2053, most everyone in the world has become a walking, breathing Apple iOS-like device, thanks to neuroprosthetic implants in their brains. They are all linked together, much like the computers in an office. Icons and apps pop up in a person's peripheral vision when they are being contacted. Thoughts can be sent and read like text messages. Religious fanatics believe the implants are the mark of the beast. In some ways, they are correct because people begin seeing images of a red, devil-like beast moments before they become violently insane. Two detectives, the elderly, laidback Edwin Krantz and the beautiful, uptight Tara Dezner, team up with a frustrated neurosurgeon, Dr. Hagan Maerici, in order to solve the grotesque murders before all of humanity is slaughtered.
Product Description: Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Hagan Maerici is on the verge of a breakthrough in artificial intelligence that could change the way we think about human consciousness. Obsessed with his job and struggling to save his marriage, Dr. Maerici is forced to put his life's work on the line when a rash of brutal murders strikes St. Louis.
Edwin Krantz, an aging, technophobic detective, and his partner, Tara Dezner, are tasked with investigating the horrifying killings. Shockingly, the murders have all been committed by prominent citizens who have no obvious motives or history of violence. Seeking an explanation for the suspects' strange behavior, Krantz and Denzer turn to Dr. Maerici, who believes that the answer lies within the killers' brains themselves. Someone is introducing a glitch into the in-brain computer systems of the suspects--a virus that turns ordinary citizens into murderers. With time running out, this trio of unlikely allies must face a gauntlet of obstacles, both human and A.I., as they attempt to avert disaster.
(Source: Forge Books)
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