Wednesday, 22 February 2017

#bookreview ~ Biohackers: “The Phantom Menace” #cyberpunk #Fantasy


"Phantom Menace"


Dean C. Moore


Two-thirds of the way through the series starter, the singularity reaction had already begun. Explosive technological growth beyond human comprehension caught everyone up so that it was impossible to look out your window from day to day without feeling like a stranger in a strange land. The vista constantly repainted by billions of citizen-scientists forever creating the world anew. Aircars one day. Soaring dragons the next.

The explosion of innovation was driven by neuronets. Everyone’s got one. The nanites in the air self-assemble into them as soon as they permeate your being. And they’re in everything, the air, the water…

The singularity reaction was deemed inevitable. It hardly mattered what exactly brought it about; it was always going to be something.

Roman, who fought so hard to protect “the best of all possible worlds,” finds it isn’t heaven on earth they’ve fabricated, but the perfect hell world. Perfect because no one in their right mind would want to escape it. It is thus escape-proof. It’s an Age of Abundance, after all. All human needs met. Anything your mind can dream up, you can manifest.

He realized new challenges would lie across the threshold separating humanity from transhumanity. But what he got was a mindless beehive that wouldn’t stop humming with activity. It was like a planet-wide form of OCD.

He and the rest of the Daytona commune biohackers, based in backwards Oregon, don’t have long to work before they too lose their will to resist the Sirens.

And the clock is ticking not just on them. As the Singularity Wave pushes genetically engineered humanoids across the cosmos in ships powered by warp drive engines. Soon the heavens will be populated with hell worlds modeled according to the same flaw in design.

What did I think of the book?

Where do I start? I have just come back from a mind-boggling journey.  I need a moment to catch my breath!

Fast-paced doesn't do this book justice. So much happens and it happens so quickly. I tried to put this book down, I really tried, but oh my days, I felt like a magnet, I was drawn back, and in the end, I gave up trying to fight it. I sat down and refused to be interrupted until I had finished it.

Imagine the world that we live in now ~ the TV shows, the clothes, etc... and then imagine, if you will, advances in technology exploding overnight to beyond anything you can imagine, to the extent where even those who live in this futuristic world(s) can't comprehend it. What a concept.

This book isn't your average SciFic read. It is so much more than that. It is completely mental, and I mean that in a good way. I was sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what on earth was going to happen next. There were moment's where I grimace, and then I turned the page, and I mean turn the page, and suddenly I was laughing. I mean often does that happen in a book.

If you are interested in some very grown-up SciFic and you don't mind being thrown into a world that seems really similar but isn't then this is the book for you!

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About the author

I live in the country where I breed bluebirds, which are endangered in these parts, as my small contribution to restoring nature's balance. When I'm not writing, or researching my next book, I may also be found socializing with friends, or working in my organic garden.

While Sci-Fi, hi-tech thrillers, and Fantasy are my fortes, I also stray into other genres from time to time, particularly action adventure or some blend of any or all of the above. My bigger books are epics in the true sense of the word.

Mark Freeman Enterprises (MFE) is my company. Right now it just handles me, but with time I would like to produce other writers, as well.

If you'd like to know what compels me to write, it's simple. I write as a force for peace. Fiction has a way of engaging our whole minds, not just our intellects, but various layers of our conscious, superconscious, and unconscious. Novels also encourage our left and right cerebral hemispheres to get in sync and, with just enough magic and wizardry, can help to transform people into more enlightened souls (the writer included) better than a hundred years of therapy or rational arguments to the same ends.

I've remained a lifelong student of philosophy, spirituality, psychology, science, and the arts.

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