Steven James – Synapse

Thirty years in the future, when AI is so advanced that humans live side by side with cognizant robots called Artificials, Kestrel Hathaway must come to terms not just with what machines know, but what they believe.

Soon after experiencing a personal tragedy, Kestrel witnesses a terrorist attack and is drawn into a world of conspiracies and lies that she and Jordan, her Artificial, have to untangle. With a second, more brutal attack looming on the horizon, their best chance of stopping it is teaming up with federal counterterrorism agent Nick Vernon.

But the clock is ticking – and all the while, Jordan is asking questions that Artificials were never meant to ask.

Deftly weaving suspense and intrigue into a rich, resonant tale that explores faith and what it really means to be human, Steven James offers us a glimpse into the future – and into our own hearts.

Synapse is an unforgettable, gripping story of dreams shattered, truth revealed, and hope reborn.

Praise for Synapse:

“Perfectly timed and thought-provoking,Synapseis a smart, intense thriller that keeps the suspense building until the final page. Steven James once again delivers a perfect amalgam of character and plot, totally immersing the reader in an irresistible narrative.” (Simon Gervais, international best-selling author ofHunt Them Down)

“Synapse is not merely a thriller you should read – as 5G approaches and advances in AI snowball, it is the thriller you can’t afford not to.” (James R. Hannibal, award-winning author of The Gryphon Heist)

Author: Steven James
Narrator: Therese Plummer
Duration: 9 hours 47 minutes
Released: 19 Aug 2010
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Language: English

User Review:

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Steven James delivers another gripping novel but leaves one major question unanswered: who is the father of the child? All the way through the book, I kept asking that obvious question, but the futuristic setting of artificial intelligence presents a host of questions that will keep me thinking for a while.

Jordan is a superior character in more ways than one. Therese Plummer’s narration is new to me but she did a fabulous job. Much better than most female narrators in my opinion.

I was compelled to rate this book five stars in spite of the fatherless child… but it drives me nuts! Who is the father? How did a female preacher explain her pregnancy? How did her flock receive that information? Those questions are enough to knock my rating down a little but I couldn’t. The rest of the book was good enough to make up for it. I certainly recommend Synapse. Different. Exciting. Compelling.