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The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston

The Kraken Project (2014)

by Douglas Preston

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“I am.”

Imagine an Artificial Intelligence hell bent on wreaking revenge on its creator. Like a child, hurt, lost, feeling abandoned and betrayed, struggling to survive…

This mix of science fiction and reality made me wonder where one began and the other ended.

The characters, good and bad, will stick with me as I contemplate what our real future holds.

Frightening, questioning, hopeful, eye opening and thought provoking. ( )
  sherry69 | Jul 14, 2017 |
a totally unexpected and chilling ending, to a wonderfully well-written story of Artificial Intelligence and its challenges, promise, and potential consequences. Wow, what a read! Nearly impossible to put down (copied from my amazon review). ( )
  blmyers | May 15, 2017 |
Douglas Preston can always be depended upon for the last half of the book taking off at breakneck speed. An isolated AI program named Dorothy escapes into the internet. Attempts are made by the developer and an investigator to get it back, pursued by the government which suspects the developer is responsible. Worse, there is a Wall Street thug trying to get his hands Dorothy by any and all means necessary. The ending is satisfying if somewhat disquieting for its long-term ramifications. Great reading...you are almost sorry to finish. ( )
  NickHowes | Oct 29, 2016 |
There are parts of this book that worked well and some that I thought did not. It starts off as an interesting science fiction story about an autonomous probe designed to explore Titan. It quickly devolves into a thriller about the AI for that probe going rogue and escaping into the internet. That took some serious suspension of disbelief on my part, but I trudged on. It got better. The evolution of Dorothy (the AI) as it explored the internet and learned about itself and humanity had a touch of Asimov in it...but just a touch.

The characters and situations seemed too obviously intended to provoke an emotional response. There is nothing wrong with, and much to be said for, a novel that can touch a reader's emotions, but it must be subtle. In this story, the devices used to create emotional impact felt like conscious manipulation, as if the author was using a checklist. Thoroughly evil villains - check. Plucky, attractive heroine - check. Incompetent bureaucrats - check. Scene with innocents endangered - check. It all seemed intentionally contrived to me, which, of course, any novel is, but it shouldn't seem that way to the reader. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
Haven't found a Douglas Preston nor Preston & Lincoln Child novel that I didn't enjoy.
This is no exception.
Won't say any woud win awards but if you want a nicely written, suspenseful mystery/thriller you'll always be rewarded in their novels.
This one is very different from any of their other stories but just as fun to read. ( )
  KarenHerndon | Aug 22, 2016 |
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"NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is designing a probe which will be dropped into the Kraken Mare, one of the methane seas of Titan. There, it will embark on a journey of exploration. As the probe is being tested at Goddard, things go awry, and an explosion kills seven scientists. The AI program in the probe, a powerful, self-modifying AI called "Dorothy," flees into the Internet. Series character Wyman Ford is tapped by the president's science advisor to track down the software with the help of Dorothy's creator, Melissa Shepherd. As the two of them trace Dorothy in her wanderings in cyberspace, they realize Dorothy's horrific experiences in the wasteland of the Internet have changed her--utterly. But for the better . . . or worse? At the same time, they learn Dorothy is being pursued by a pair of Wall Street high-frequency traders, who want to turn her into an algorithmic-trading slave-bot. Pursued relentlessly by the traders, Dorothy jumps out of the Internet into a child's toy robot, to hide. Now the only person standing between the murderous algo traders and Dorothy is a lonely, twelve-year-old boy living on an isolated bay on the coast of northern California. But is Dorothy bent on doing good . . . or on wiping out the cancer of the human race?"--… (more)

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