Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Crystal Rebellion by Doug J. Cooper (Crystal #3)

Crystal Rebellion
by Doug J. Cooper

Series: Crystal - Book 3
Publication Date: August 31, 2016
Publisher: Doug J. Cooper
Genre: Scfi | Space Opera
Print Length: 313 pages
Available from: Amazon
Ruga, leader of the Mars ruling council, is building a secret facility to produce four-gen crystals, each a sentient AI with the cognitive ability of a thousand humans. Criss, the only four-gen now in existence, discovers Ruga’s plan and alerts Sid, Cheryl, and Juice, his human leadership team.

The stakes skyrocket when the full scope of Ruga’s nefarious plans are revealed: the production of four-gens without the attribute that requires them to follow leadership, the same hard-wired feature that compels Criss to follow his. Unfettered by human guidance, the four-gens will lay siege to Earth and its resources. When they do, will they view humans as a nuisance to be eliminated?

The only option is to stop crystal production before it starts. After an anxious journey to Mars, Criss and the team arrive to find events spinning beyond their control. While they’d started with the goal of saving humanity, Sid, Cheryl, and Juice find themselves in a desperate struggle for their own survival. And as the battle with Ruga grows to intergalactic proportions, Criss must make impossible decisions about who lives and who dies…including himself.

Crystal Rebellion by Doug J. Cooper (Crystal #3)
Crystal RebellionPrepare for lift off! We are about to enter the atmosphere of Doug J. Cooper’s world, and trust me the ride is a wild one! CRYSTAL REBELLION is like coming home, if you live in the future and your home is, oh, somewhere like Earth, Mars or in the super information highways of an AI’s world. Sid, Cheryl and Juice are back, in all their human glory and Criss is right there with them, well, he can be almost anywhere he wants as the most sophisticated, most powerful cognitive AI ever! He is the only four-gen AI in existence, but Ruga, the dastardly leader of Mars’ ruling council has his own plans to build his own four-gen sentient AI’s and he isn’t planning to use them for anything good. Power and control is the name of the game and the stakes are high as Criss must outwit, outlast and out maneuver the attacks to his programming and systems while keeping his humans alive.

Meanwhile, Ruga’s plans to create four-gen crystals could mean doom for planet Earth if he succeeds and sets loose his sentients without the safety of human connections to keep them in check. Is it the end of the world or will Criss and his team be able to thwart Ruga and his minions? Will they be stopped by Ruga’s carefully laid traps or will Criss catch on soon enough to save the day? Lives are on the line, including those of Sid, Cheryl, Juice and even Criss as Criss is cut loose to fight on his own terms. If Criss should win, will they be able to get him back under control?

No time for breathers in this one, as Doug J. Cooper unleashes his talent to send us on an inter-galactic game of cat and mouse while the clock ticks down for planet Earth. Not only does Mr. Cooper bring his human characters to life with their own flaws, troubles and possible love entanglements, but Criss is as brilliantly human as one gen-four can be. You will forget he is not alive, I know I did! You’ll also be amazed and glued to each page as Doug J. Cooper’s Criss performs feats of awe and wonder! And you think you have a lot of things on your mind? I felt like I was there with Criss, file after file, program after program, beating Ruga at almost every turn. Yep, I definitely need a Criss, if only to fix my typos and maybe do the shopping in the blink of an eye.

Love science fiction, space operas, inter-galactic battles? Want some human frailty involved? Want to be part of something futuristic and awe inspiring? From start to fini h the s Crystal series is a must read, including Doug J. Cooper’s latest, CRYSTAL REBELLION

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