Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
The Infinet had a premise that intrigued me but the book started off very slowly. The heavy use of technical details and jargon really slowed the momentum. I love tech and all things geek but I thought it was too much. After 10 chapters or so the story started to pick up steam. The technical aspects became secondary to the plot and I was sucked into the story. The book was filled with all the cool shit I have been waiting to see, and expecting since watching Back to the Future. There are self-driving cars, homes that respond to commands, like Alexa does, and a device that is similar what Google Glasses could be someday.
The Infinet posed some interesting questions and delved into some philosophic debates. How will companies continue to address privacy issues? We already have Google, Facebook, Amazon and many other companies constantly collecting every ounce of our personal data for their use. How much information is too much for anyone entity to collect? How much are we willing to freely give up to have access or use of a website, app or device.
The story, for the most part held my interest, except when ‘the story of man’ was explained, this went on for too long. I didn’t see the need for a million year history lesson, much as the protagonist didn’t the need. As it turned out this was done to make the point that we will probably destroy ourselves with the technology we create. This isn’t a surprise and could have been expressed as a statement. The last several chapters felt far fetched and had some holes in the plot. It will be interesting to see how these points are addressed in the next book in this series.
Length: 410 Pages
Publisher: Tech Noir Press
Release date: October 12, 2017
Imagine a few short years from now…
…a quantum computer more powerful than all other computers ever created…combined
…a madman seeking to destroy civilization with a computer virus targeting the Internet of Things
…a brilliant but reclusive geneticist determined to solve one of the great mysteries of all time
…and Oreste Pax, inventor of the augmented/virtual reality glasses that have made mobile phones and laptops obsolete
Pax is now the head of Omnitech, the biggest company in the world. But despite all his success, he is facing a shareholder revolt and could soon lose his job as CEO of the company he founded. His only hope lies with a new project he hopes will transform human cognition and convince his doubters he is still the visionary to lead the company into the future.
However, when a massive computer virus attacking the fragile bonds holding human society together is launched, Pax is torn away from his concerns for his company. He is forced into a meeting with Alethia, the leader of a mysterious society possessing technology far beyond anything he’s ever seen. She reveals a devastating truth about humanity to Pax, before forcing him to make a decision that will affect the future of the human race.
A clever, compelling vision of the future, The Infinet is a speculative fiction thriller that can’t be missed!
John Akers, biography
JOHN AKERS got his master’s degree in human factors engineering in the B.C. era (before connectivity) and has worked as a user interface designer ever since. He enjoys all things sci-tech and sci-fi, and is amazed on a daily basis at the collapsing distinction between the two. When not writing he spends his free time pondering the gap between the exponential curve of technology and the linear growth of human morality. The Infinet is his first novel.
To learn more about John, visit his website at http://john-akers.com.