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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The Spiritual Singularity (The Day Eight Series, Book 3) by Ray Mazza
Published by CreateSpace in 2012.
The action continues in Book 3 of the Day Eight Series. In The Spiritual Singularity the tech company Day Eight is moving forward with their plans to use computerized simulated humans ("simulants") to affect events in the real world in a very dramatic way. Political assassinations, dramatic leap forwards in technology and a physical link between the computer simulant Ezra and the President of the United States make computer programmer Trevor Leighton very worried for the future of humanity itself. Leighton is working as best he can to save himself and possibly even the whole world even though he is running out of money, running out of time and running out of options.
The Spiritual Singularity is full of rich, meaty themes that have been discussed in science fiction and fantasy for decades. In the Lord of the Rings series,Tolkien looks into the idea of what unlimited power does to a human being. In the original Star Trek series, Captain Kirk defuses multiple computers that have taken humanity's choices away from them in order to protect them. Book 3 of this series approaches this theme from the side of the entity that is amassing unlimited power.
I really enjoyed the previous 2 books in The Day Eight Series ( The Reborn and Of Mice and Hitmen ) and gave them both 5 stars. I liked this one a little less, not for the action, which is solid, not for the chase and the mystery for what is going on. Instead, it gets a little too "talky" at times. It's hard not to with all of these big ideas flying around.
Still, this is a very solid book in a very strong series.
I rate this book 4 stars out of 5.
This book can be found on Amazon.com here: The Spiritual Singularity (The Day Eight Series, Book 3) by Ray Mazza.
Reviewed on July 17, 2012.