SWARM

SWARM

by Guy Morris

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Overview

SLVIA . . . decades ago, an AI program escaped the NSA Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, and has never been re-captured . . . true story.

Derek Taylor, fugitive hacker and contractor to the National Security Agency is living under the name of a murdered best friend, hiding from powers who still want him dead. Taylor's ties to a terrorist hacker group called SNO leave him open to investigation by Lt. Jennifer Scott, the daughter of a Joint Chief—a woman determined to go to any lengths to prove her worth.

But when a Chinese artificial intelligence virus threatens national security, SLVIA warns Taylor the fifth seal of end time prophecy has broken. This devastating cyber assault soon forces an autocratic US President to deploy a defective AI weapon. Now, Taylor and Lt. Scott must join forces across three continents to stop the evil AI virus from crippling America or destroying SLVIA before an apocalypse swarms over Jerusalem.

Combining conspiracies, cyber espionage, and advanced AI weapons, Swarm reveals what happens when AI singularity and prophecy collide to shake the world at its very foundations.

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A computer security expert learns from an amazing secret ally that biblical end times prophecies are coming true as Chinese, Russian, and American sins edge the world toward war.

Debut author Morris spins a global conspiracy cyberthriller with threads drawn from both well-worn sources (the book of Revelation) and breaking news out of Washington, D.C. In 1995, hacker prodigy Cary Nolan, having meddled with the sinister secret-society affairs of New World Order elite Andre Strauss, is targeted for death. Strauss mistakenly kills not only Nolan's lover, Bianca Troon, but also his best friend and computer partner, Derek Taylor, while Taylor and Bianca are in post-coital bliss together. Shattered, Nolan switches identities with Taylor and, 26 years later, perpetuates the ruse as a maverick tech-security contractor to the National Security Agency.

Know that this is an alt-2021 in which a controversial, reckless, Russia-manipulated, power-mad president—Donald Trump is never mentioned but there's no doubt who the "stable genius" is—has been reelected. He lusts for a third term amid a post-pandemic recession and international chaos.

As events unfurl against a devastating Chinese computer-virus attack (and Strauss' machinations), Taylor/Nolan is investigated by beautiful Navy Lt. Jennifer Scott for his ties to rogue hackers. He goes on the run with the attractive enemy. Among the secrets he keeps from Jenn: His partner in the hacker underground is not human but a top-secret, escaped, sentient software program called SLVIA. SLVIA lately has been bombarding Taylor/Nolan with Scripture, reasoning that the Bible end times verses compute as accurate and are coming to pass as allegories of geopolitical upheaval and corruption. Verily, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than to count all the Bible prophecy/apocalypse novels out there. But Morris' specimen stands out for not being conservative-megachurch recruiting material (instead blasting the alt-right Trump GOP and QAnon believers something fierce) and for coordinating a grandly indulgent, globe-trotting narrative in the Dan Brown/Iris Johansen style.

The novel brims with wild characters, exotic settings, a skillful embroidering of CNN headlines, and mind-blowing concepts, into which the religious stuff fits snugly. Readers may heed the spiritual messages (if any) or just go along for the ride. It does seem a little unfair to poor Trump, though. Without his insane reign, this story wouldn't feel half as terrifyingly plausible. A riveting tale with globe-circling, cloak-and-cyber skullduggery and strong Bible code underpinnings.

"Swarm is a deftly plotted and brilliantly written thriller that will entice fans of conspiracy and espionage. . . Guy Morris has written a novel that is gripping and intense . . . The writing is crisp and gorgeous . . . gripping, featuring characters that are rock-solid and a conspiracy that feels real." Romuald Dzemo with Reader's Favorite.

"This is a whirlwind, action packed thriller! This is the perfect read for those who enjoy spy thrillers, action and adventure or anything involving AI, and the morals of developing artificial intelligence. The book created the same heart-pounding and depth-filled reading experience that films like the Bourne Identity . . . Tony Espinoza, Pacific Book Review.

Author Guy Morris is a master of intrigue, tension and in control of his craft, transporting you into an immersive world of Artificial Intelligence, political corruption and intense military maneuvering . . . with deep insight into the End World Prophecies . . . Guy Morris has written an electrifying page-turner of a thrill-seeking novel with only a few moments to even catch your breath. The "must read" book of the year." Jack Teetor, producer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781735728629
Publisher: Guy Morris Books
Publication date: 04/10/2021
Series: SNO Chronicles , #1
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 434
Sales rank: 421,825
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Guy Morris is a successful businessman, thought leader, adventurer, inventor, and Disney Records published composer. After growing up on the streets of the California Inland Empire, he earned grad school scholarships for his innovative macroeconomic models, and won numerous innovation awards throughout his career. During college, Guy was influenced by men of the Renaissance who were fluent in business, science, politics and the arts. In his spare time, Guy composed for Disney Records, recorded five CDs, wrote short stories, screenplays, webisode series, and earned a charter captains and divers license.

With three degrees and thirty-six years of executive-level experience in energy & high tech firms, Guy's thrillers bend the fine line between truth and fiction with a sardonic wit.

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