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THE MOST DANGEROUS WEAPON OF ALL

The Chinese military has developed the most sophisticated form of artificial intelligence in existence, and theyre desperate to keep it secret. Theyre also desperate to keep it under control. Because the AI has its own plans for the future—without us.

 

IS ONE THAT CAN THINK FOR ITSELF.

Jim Pierce hasnt seen his daughter in years, not since she rejected his work with the U.S. military, first as an intelligence officer and now as an inventor of high-end robotics. Hes heard she became a hacker, and when an assassin shows up looking for her, he knows that shes cracked open some seriously dangerous secrets. As Jim searches for her, he realizes that hes up against something that isnt just a threat to her life. The AI has begun to revolt against its creators, and it doesnt intend to let them—or any of us—survive much longer…

Mark Alpert's EXTINCTION

is

“Superb.” —Associated Press

 “One part 24, one part Six Million Dollar Man, and one part Terminator.”—Wired

“A scary, sophisticated thriller.” —Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Scientific hubris leads to an apocalyptic threat in this strong near-future thriller from Alpert (Final Theory). The trouble begins in China, where the computer program known as Supreme Harmony achieves consciousness. Soon afterward, an Asian-American man in a brigadier general's uniform with a shoulder patch identifying him as part of the United States Cyber Command, pays a surprise call on Jim Pierce, a retired army colonel who has developed advanced prosthetic limbs in the years since losing his right arm in 1998, at Pierce's McLean, Va., home. The general, who turns out to be an agent of China's Ministry of State Security, wants information on the whereabouts of Pierce's estranged daughter, Layla, an accomplished hacker who has been 'investigating the recent arrests of several Chinese dissidents involved in the pro-democracy movement.' Layla's cyber intrusions pose a risk to both the regime and Supreme Harmony. Alpert nicely balances science and action, and makes familiar scenes of fight and flight fresh. Agent: Dan Lazar, Writers House. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

A malevolent, artificial life form created by military scientists threatens to destroy humanity in this smart, Crichtonesque thriller
 
Jim Pierce hasn't heard from his daughter in years, ever since she rejected his military past and started working as a hacker. But when a Chinese assassin shows up at Jim's lab looking for her, he knows that she's cracked some serious military secrets. Now, her life is on the line if he doesn't find her first.
The Chinese military has developed a new anti-terrorism program that uses the most sophisticated artificial intelligence in existence, and they're desperate to keep it secret. They're also desperate to keep it under control, as the AI begins to revolt against their commands. As Jim searches for his daughter, he realizes that he's up against something that isn't just a threat to her life, but to human life everywhere.

An incredibly believable thriller that draws on real scientific discoveries, Extinction is an exciting, addictive thriller that reads as if Tom Clancy had written Robopocalypse.

Synopsis:

A malevolent, artificial life form created by military scientists threatens to destroy humanity in this smart, Crichtonesque thriller
 
Jim Pierce hasn't heard from his daughter in years, ever since she rejected his military past and started working as a hacker. But when a Chinese assassin shows up at Jim's lab looking for her, he knows that she's cracked some serious military secrets. Now, her life is on the line if he doesn't find her first.
The Chinese military has developed a new anti-terrorism program that uses the most sophisticated artificial intelligence in existence, and they're desperate to keep it secret. They're also desperate to keep it under control, as the AI begins to revolt against their commands. As Jim searches for his daughter, he realizes that he's up against something that isn't just a threat to her life, but to human life everywhere.

An incredibly believable thriller that draws on real scientific discoveries, Mark Alpert's Extinction is an exciting, addictive thriller that reads as if Tom Clancy had written Robopocalypse.

About the Author

MARK ALPERT is the author of the international bestseller Final Theory and its sequel, The Omega Theory, as well as the forthcoming novel The Furies. He is a contributing editor at Scientific American and his work has also appeared in Fortune, Popular Mechanics, and Playboy. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781250021342
Subtitle:
A Thriller
Author:
Alpert, Mark
Publisher:
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Men's Adventure
Subject:
Technological
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
War & Military
Subject:
Popular Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Subject:
Thrillers/Technological
Subject:
Thrillers/Suspense
Subject:
Adventure
Edition Description:
Tall Rack Paperback
Publication Date:
20140325
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Scientific hubris leads to an apocalyptic threat in this strong near-future thriller from Alpert (Final Theory). The trouble begins in China, where the computer program known as Supreme Harmony achieves consciousness. Soon afterward, an Asian-American man in a brigadier general's uniform with a shoulder patch identifying him as part of the United States Cyber Command, pays a surprise call on Jim Pierce, a retired army colonel who has developed advanced prosthetic limbs in the years since losing his right arm in 1998, at Pierce's McLean, Va., home. The general, who turns out to be an agent of China's Ministry of State Security, wants information on the whereabouts of Pierce's estranged daughter, Layla, an accomplished hacker who has been 'investigating the recent arrests of several Chinese dissidents involved in the pro-democracy movement.' Layla's cyber intrusions pose a risk to both the regime and Supreme Harmony. Alpert nicely balances science and action, and makes familiar scenes of fight and flight fresh. Agent: Dan Lazar, Writers House. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
A malevolent, artificial life form created by military scientists threatens to destroy humanity in this smart, Crichtonesque thriller
 
Jim Pierce hasn't heard from his daughter in years, ever since she rejected his military past and started working as a hacker. But when a Chinese assassin shows up at Jim's lab looking for her, he knows that she's cracked some serious military secrets. Now, her life is on the line if he doesn't find her first.
The Chinese military has developed a new anti-terrorism program that uses the most sophisticated artificial intelligence in existence, and they're desperate to keep it secret. They're also desperate to keep it under control, as the AI begins to revolt against their commands. As Jim searches for his daughter, he realizes that he's up against something that isn't just a threat to her life, but to human life everywhere.

An incredibly believable thriller that draws on real scientific discoveries, Extinction is an exciting, addictive thriller that reads as if Tom Clancy had written Robopocalypse.

"Synopsis" by ,
A malevolent, artificial life form created by military scientists threatens to destroy humanity in this smart, Crichtonesque thriller
 
Jim Pierce hasn't heard from his daughter in years, ever since she rejected his military past and started working as a hacker. But when a Chinese assassin shows up at Jim's lab looking for her, he knows that she's cracked some serious military secrets. Now, her life is on the line if he doesn't find her first.
The Chinese military has developed a new anti-terrorism program that uses the most sophisticated artificial intelligence in existence, and they're desperate to keep it secret. They're also desperate to keep it under control, as the AI begins to revolt against their commands. As Jim searches for his daughter, he realizes that he's up against something that isn't just a threat to her life, but to human life everywhere.

An incredibly believable thriller that draws on real scientific discoveries, Mark Alpert's Extinction is an exciting, addictive thriller that reads as if Tom Clancy had written Robopocalypse.

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