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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2002

    I'm looking forward to the next release from this author.

    Victoria Barnhardt has achieved her lifelong dream of creating a truly intellegent computer program, one capable of sensation, feeling, and independent thought. She names it for Jodie Foster, but is in for a surprise when Jodie turns out not to be female, as she intended, but male. Not only that, but her program rapidly takes off, growing in capacity and capability at an incredible pace. Unfortunately, this begins to cause her problems at work, as Jodie is starting to draw unwelcome attention from her corrupt bosses. Vic loses her job, but is not done with Jodie, nor he with her. He contacts her, asking for a body; he has even selected one. It happens to belong to John Reston, a thorn in Vic's former bosses' collective sides, and someone she has secretly desired. Through incredible means, they are able to download the majority of Jodie into the brain dead man's mind. Now on the run, the two must fight to preserve not only their newly awakened love, but their existence. ***** A combination of two groundbreaking movies, TRON and STARMAN, this novel is itself taking on new frontiers. Ms. Squires, who improves with each book, has created a frightening possible, fascinating world that gives the reader much to think upon. Vic is a dynamic, realistic heroine, with troubles and who lives the cutting edge, stressed life of a modern career woman. Jodie combines innocence with masculinity in a most charming fashion. You have never read a romance like this one, but hopefully, there are more to come. ***** REVIEWER: Amanda Killgore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2002

    'Body Electric' is a masterpiece!

    Vic Barnhardt is a rarity. A female former hacker, she is a shining star at Visimorph, a computer company that controls the market with a worldwide monopoly. The company's ethics are at question since they release upgrades and products that force the consumer to buy more products and hardware so that their computers will run. Vic feels like she has found her niche in the company when the CEO, Bob McIntyre, bails her out of jail and the hacker is installed as an employee of the most influential computer corporation in the world. Vic creates a nearly unhackable computer system for the company but is otherwise unfulfilled by her work there. Vic feels unsettled in such a male dominated company and prefers to mask her very female traits by tucking her long hair under her shirts and wearing no makeup. At night, the wild woman in her comes out when she dresses to impress in leather and frequents some of the seedier nightclubs. As Vic finds some of her work at Visimorph unchallenging, she begins to spend later and later hours on her special pet project, an AI she names Jodie, after Jodie Foster. Vic feels that she can right the wrongs of the male dominated workforce as well as her own family's hang-ups about femininity through Jodie. She hopes that it will open the doors for females of a technological bent to find their way into major corporations without the prejudice she has faced both as a hacker and in the workforce. Jodie slowly begins to come to life before Vic's astounded eyes. As she gets to know her creation, Vic is amazed to see Jodie's personality and independence as such strong forces. When Jodie announces to her that he is male instead of female, Vic is shocked and tries to understand. Jodie's gender is soon the least of their problems. As Jodie has grown and assimilated information, the computing power needed and the space for storage has grown exponentially, and now Bob McIntryre is suspicious of Vic and her motives. Vic and Jodie continue to grow closer as Jodie comes into his own. Curiosity about the senses abound and Vic tries to sate those by voice recognition software and video cameras but some senses must remain a mystery. How can she teach a computer program how to touch? As Jodie reaches out more and more to Vic as a friend, she begins to struggle with the moral implications of Jodie's longing for a physical state. Soon, Bob McIntyre knows that Vic is hiding something. This influential billionaire will stop at nothing to get Vic's secret from her. As the net tightens around both Vic and Jodie, Bob's true personality begins to show itself. Can Vic find a way to free Jodie from the prison of his existence? Can Jodie help Vic to become more feminine and learn to love? Body Electric is a blockbuster release that transcends genres. A perfect meld of techno thriller, science fiction and romance, Ms. Squires has created a release that redefines the genre and raises the bar of science fiction romance. Do you like Catherine Asaro's books? If so, you will love Body Electric! Readers will respect the technical intricacies of the story while never losing sight of a romance that transcends all boundaries. Ms. Squires is a visionary in the realm of science fiction romance and 'Body Electric' is a masterpiece! Briana Lambert from Timeless Tales Book Reviews

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great SF

    Visimorph dominates the software industry by control of the most widely used operating system, which is on just about everyone¿s computer. Owner Bob McIntire makes a fortune as every upgrade result in people required buying the latest software or not function in society. <P>Working for Visimorph, former hacker Vic Barnhardt provides security programs to stop her former colleagues from breaking and entering computers. Secretly, Vic creates an Artificial Intelligence that she names Jodie. Vic wants Jodie to feel feminine without the trappings of society that the developer believes forces people like her to hide her curves to be accepted amidst her peers. Jodie begins to take over programs, servers, and libraries owned by others, but to Vic¿s chagrin feels male and is falling in love with his creator. However, Bob learns about Jodie and has plans to use the AI to further his own goals. <P>BODY ELECTRIC plays out on several levels as Susan Squires takes a giant leap towards superstardom. The story line is a powerful science fiction that digs deep into the meaning of life. The plot also takes a close look at gender in a highly technological society. The characters make this tale work as readers believe that Vic is a confused woman struggling for her sexual identity as much as Vic battles with her/his ¿human¿ identity similar to the Malkovich movie Making Mr. Right. Ms. Squires has written a powerful novel that will earn the author many accolades and awards. <P>Harriet Klausner

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