Extinction: A Thriller

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Macmillan, Feb 12, 2013 - Fiction - 373 pages
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A malevolent, artificial life form created by military scientists threatens to destroy humanity in this smart, Crichtonesque thriller

Jim Pierce hasn't heard from his daughter in years, ever since she rejected his military past and started working as a hacker. But when a Chinese assassin shows up at Jim's lab looking for her, he knows that she's cracked some serious military secrets. Now, her life is on the line if he doesn't find her first.
The Chinese military has developed a new anti-terrorism program that uses the most sophisticated artificial intelligence in existence, and they're desperate to keep it secret. They're also desperate to keep it under control, as the AI begins to revolt against their commands. As Jim searches for his daughter, he realizes that he's up against something that isn't just a threat to her life, but to human life everywhere.

An incredibly believable thriller that draws on real scientific discoveries, Mark Alpert's Extinction is an exciting, addictive thriller that reads as if Tom Clancy had written Robopocalypse.

 

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User Review  - everfresh1 - LibraryThing

It's a mediocre thriller in terms of writing, characters, etc. Not the worst by any measure, but far from masterpiece. What makes this sci fi thriller special and deserving higher rating is the all ... Read full review

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“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.”—Carl Sagan Every time a thriller writer is compared to the late, great Michael Crichton, my heart skips a happy beat. I don’t think his large ... Read full review

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MARK ALPERT is the author of the international bestsellerFinal Theory and its sequel,The Omega Theory, as well as the novelThe Furies.He is a contributing editor atScientific American and his work has also appeared inFortune,Popular Mechanics, andPlayboy. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

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