I am so delighted today to provide a review for you by the C.E. at my blog stop for The Invisible Mind by M. T. Bass on Sage’s Blog Tours.
Title: The Invisible Mind: Murder by Munchausen #3 Future Crime Mysteries: A Sci-Fi Police Procedural Techno-Thriller
- Print Length: 212 pages
- Publisher: Electron Alley Corporation
- Publication Date: August 25, 2018
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 194626606X
- ISBN-13: 978-1946266064
A police procedural sci-fi thriller ripped from future headlines!
Now unleashed, the “Baron” is resurrecting history’s notorious serial killers, giving them a second life in the bodies of hacked and reprogrammed Personal Assistant Androids, then turning them loose to terrorize the city. While detectives Jake and Maddie of the police department’s Artificial Crimes Unit scramble to stop the carnage with the Baron’s arrest, the cyberpunk head of the Counter IT Section, Q, struggles to de-encrypt his mad scheme to infect world data centers with a virus that represents a collective cyber unconsciousness of evil.
Artificial intelligence plus automation spells an ultimate decline in our population. Recreation of mass murders as a form of satisfaction for a depraved killer is the third in this series. The killer is right in front of the police and investigative services in the first two books and invisible in the third.
M.T. Bass melds the characters into a macabre tale of murder and mayhem confounded with artificial intelligence. Investigation is confounded by computer encoding hidden on the dark web. The result is a world where a character called “The Baron” recreates mass murders starting with Jack the Ripper and recreating many of the horrendous serial killings of the twentieth century.
Our hero Jake has been relegated to the investigation of synthoid-crimes or crimes by non-human synthetic beings. They are programmed to protect humanity but the Baron replaces that programming with a set of data commands that turns them into highly efficient killing machines. Similar to some of the results in “The Manchurian Candidate” the synthoid then becomes a highly programmed killing machine. Despite the best efforts of society to put controls on these machines, the Baron has spent many hours altering their programs. He then gets to be in a front row seat as the machine recreates some of the mass murders from human history.
Jake and Maddie have an on and off again relationship. The Baron has attacked both of them during the course of the three books. Begin with Book 1, Murder by Munchausen and Book 2 The Darknet, so that the reader will have the best understanding of the characters and their relationship. Jake and Maddie are co-protagonists for the same police department of Cleveland, Ohio. They are also lovers who have worked together to bring the Baron to justice at the near expense of each of their lives.
Paramount in the reading is the prophetic treatise of the novels. Will mankind become less essential as society continues to expand the use of artificial intelligence and machine production? Will some very misguided very rich people design the crimes illustrated in this book? Ultimately will the world degrade to the point of selectively eliminating human beings in favor of much more efficient and inexpensive synthoids?
The author skillfully ends the third book in this series leaving more questions than answers! Will Maddie and Jake stay together? Was the Baron grooming his replacement in the young street urchin named Amy? Will the police continue to bungle along trying to solve crimes perpetrated by sick minded computer programmers and hackers?
Hopefully, these questions will be answered in the fourth book in the series. In the interim, if you have not availed yourself of M.T. Bass’s writings I highly recommend them. They are skillfully crafted to keep you entertained and guessing. Happy reading!
We received these ebook downloads from the author through Sage’s Blog Tours and appreciated the opportunity to read and review. C.E. Williams
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M.T. Bass is a scribbler of fiction who holds fast to the notion that while victors may get to write history, novelists get to write/right reality. He lives, writes, flies and makes music in Mudcat Falls, USA.
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Thank you for visiting my stop on the book tour and please check out the other blog tour stops!
July 25th Celtic Lady’s Reviews ~ AUTHOR INTERVIEW
July 26th Mythical Books ~ BOOK SPOTLIGHT
July 27th JBronder Book Reviews ~ REVIEW
July 29th Rosepoint Publishing ~ REVIEW
July 31st Bound 2 Escape ~ BOOK SPOTLIGHT
Thanks to Sage’s Blog Tours for the opportunity to read and review this sci-fi techno-thriller!
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