A source found dead-his skull sawed open by NeuroChip vandals in a Dallas back alley. The sole witness? Reporter Ryker Morris, whose stubborn resistance to a different kind of chip-the globally mandated IDChip-cost him his job, apartment, and credibility. Ryker flees the gruesome scene, a young, homeless technophobe disappearing into a fast-paced city of augmented working stiffs and sexy chipped socialites.
But Ryker's reprieve doesn't last long. Under orders from a local hacker and tipped off by an invisible tracking device, the vandals kidnap Ryker's best friend, leaving only a blood-soaked wallet behind. Even worse, they inject Ryker's brain with a refurbished NeuroChip. Without money or resources, he must find his friend and deactivate the corrupt NeuroChip, before the twisted hacker who programmed it gains full control over Ryker's own thoughts.
Related subjects include: scifi high tech, scifi thrillers, privacy rights, cybersecurity, freedom of the press, cyberpunk.
|Publisher:||Anna L. Davis|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)|
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YOU NEED TO GET THIS BOOK!!! Okay. I got this book because it sounded interesting. I will ready ANY genre, as long as the actual story keeps my attention. I've lived on the outskirts of Dallas for over 30 years, and traveled the area extensively in that time. I LOVE THIS STORY - except for the part where it got me a little creeped out - it really isn't that farfetched, and being familiar with some of the landmarks and scenes depicted, it really does hit home. A fantastic read, I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone!! Cannot WAIT until the next one!!
Fascinating Techno-Thriller Open Source (Enhancement Series Book 1) more than lives up to its advertised premise as Ryker Morris, a homeless former journalist sacked for refusing to be cyber-chipped, stumbles into an unfolding technological hell which he feels duty bound to explore even as it tests his sanity and morality far past his limits. Open Source is an astonishing novel, exceedingly well-written, suspenseful, with a well-wrought plot arc which includes many unanticipated developments. I could easily see this techno-thriller challenging the titles of well-known authors on standard bestseller lists. The science, both biological and cyber, strikes me as accurate and believable within the framework of the story, moving the action along in a thought-provoking manner without compromising character development. The characters are well done, especially the protagonist Morris; his journalistic instincts define him well and prove to be a source of great strength even as they lead him into progressively worse trouble. Even the villain, Nox Fletcher, with his corporate utopian ideas of cyber immortality, can be seen in a favorable light--depending on which perspective is brought to bear on him. The author incidentally pulls off an amazing feat of describing, in first person, a brainwashed character justifying the most heinous actions as he convinces himself, and even to a certain extent the reader, of the transcendent purpose that must ultimately lie behind his crimes. As the novel progresses philosophical aspects of freedom, privacy, and human dignity come into play. The poignancy of some characters’ lives lost or gambled away, all in the pursuit of the folly of some all-encompassing matrix of artificial intelligence, still lingers with me. review by Michael D. Smith