Insidious (Synchronicity Trilogy Book 1)

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By that time, you have to wonder why the Westerners and Chinese don't just nuke the space stations - the situation seems quite grim. Possibly because they don't know if that would start a nuclear war with each other? I really found the cover art quite clever. However, with all 3 books having the same cover and all titles beginning with I, I found it extremely hard to remember which book was which.

The writing had me guessing wrong about what was really going on. And there may be more twists to come in future books. Rather, they are the same rough period of time but from different points of view. The end result is a clearer understanding of the total situation. This first book also changes POV from chapter-to-chapter, with some overlapping of time.

So the internal structure somewhat follows the series structure. I really liked that a clearer picture of what's going on emerges slowly and through the varied characters. The book cover sort of "gives away" a spherical alien "thing". Are aliens attacking, trying to subvert the human race, "helping" in some their own way?

Time and future books will tell. Meanwhile enjoy the ride and the mystery. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Michael McCloskey has written an interesting trilogy Synchroncity: As I read and enjoyed this first volume, I assumed the trilogy would be chronological it isn't.

My primary complaint was the cardboard aliens - motivations totally opaque to the characters in the book as well as to the readers. This was apparently an intentional plot device -- and not unwarranted since the happenings were most confusing and mysterious to the primarily "western hemisphere" entities and characters in the story. The second volume is essentially the same events but told from the perspective of "eastern hemisphere" entities and characters.

So don't be put off by the first two volumes - you'll meet and understand the aliens in volume 3. There were a few typos or misprints here and there but the writing overall in this series is decent. If you like science fiction and first contact with alien stories, you'll enjoy this series. Aldrienna and the AI's really make this book. Aldrienna the corporate spy is a pleasure to follow. Infiltration and weapons are her strong suit. There are other characters but most are less interesting. I really liked what he did with the AI's.

Precautions are used to prevent a runaway. After every use they are shut down and wiped clean and the total running time is severly constrained to prevent self awareness and disaster for humans. Why would they need us after awareness? Limited info and parameters for action are programmed in then hit the switch and keep an eye on them, keeping the best of several seed programs to put into mechs for action. One inferior pogram even makes it to final selection by cheating, waiting and watching the competition.

This part of the story jumped it to 5 stars for me. Hope more AI action is in the next book. Good story for a good price can't beat this. Insidious is a good mix of Sci-fi thriller and spy drama with a small part of alien invasion and human extinction thrown in.

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It suffers from being overly superficial in some ways, concentrating on current plot and leaving some of the bigger background elements as broad brush strokes only. Most of the characters are nicely written and easy to relate to and like, but at least one remains a little too flawless for genuine realism. The book is short and entertaining, ending with the premise of the next big plot development. But then you look at the reviews for books 2 and 3 and realise things might not actually work out. I enjoyed book 1, but the lack of depth is a disappointment - and reviews of the later books suggest more disappointment to come.

I won't be buying the rest of the series - although I might take a look at the sample chapter from book 3 just to be sure - but I will look out for more from the same author in the hope of more meatier but equally well written material in the near future. One person found this helpful. See all 46 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 4 months ago. Published 1 year ago. Published on July 2, Published on April 9, Published on December 18, Published on September 29, Published on August 15, Published on July 30, Published on March 9, Published on January 28, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. However, I did not know this when I read it, because it was not indicated on the back cover, in the beginning before the title page, or at all. It just felt like a story with a lot of loose ends. This may be a product of indie publishing--the author perhaps did not know when he first published it if he would be able to write or release the rest. The story is intriguing, and the world is well-developed and consistent with itself.

McCloskey obviously thought it through a lot. The plot gets really gripping about halfway through. But loose ends, plain prose, and underdeveloped characters get in the way of really enjoying and getting lost in the story. Good cyberpunk story, first of a trilogy I will continue for sure. The world around is cold war-like West vs China , IAs being a huge potential threat Marseilles was razed to prevent one to take control but a necessary evil in certain cases.

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Corporations develop their schemes in huge space stations, the United Nation Space Force tries to maintain law the best they can. The book is more plot than character driven Adrialna is the only one with a real personality, Chris is only used to funnel information to the reader but the plot is good with a lot of action so that's not much of a problem. If you like space cyberpunk this one's for you. Dec 01, Kio rated it it was amazing Shelves: Evil AI books usually come off as far too cheesy. But I liked this one. And the "evil" AI isn't the central story, more of an important backdrop to the main events.

Could have maybe used just a little more character development. There were some good hints of depth to them but most didn't get much camera time. Even the ones that did Anyway, cool little book. The one who came out of it the best is the character I dislike the most: Apr 18, Laz the Sailor rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a pretty clever hard-scifi story that mixes several different themes - and blends them pretty well.

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  6. The story develops along 3 fronts, but is not confusing. There is a military presence, but it's much more of a political thriller than a war novel. The language is consistent most of the time, with a few anachronistic references, and not overly burdened with techno-babble. The story ends abruptly, and I assume there is a sequel, which I will now hunt for. Aug 24, Clay rated it liked it.

    Three intertwined stories of a corporate spy, an ambitious corporate exec, and a space force commander. There is little actual interaction between the three characters, but they are all caught up in trying to find out what the global corporations are hiding out in their deep-space stations. It all turns out to be much bigger than just getting a leg up on the competition. Good, fast paced action in a near future world where corporations have all but replaced regional governments.

    There was part of Three intertwined stories of a corporate spy, an ambitious corporate exec, and a space force commander. There was part of the story that I had hoped would be examined in more depth than it was perhaps in the sequels? There is some background mentioned about an AI getting loose in France which necessitated the destruction of Marseilles to contain the almost certain extinction of the human race.

    The mechanical assault units employed to board and secure the corporate space stations have AI units that are turned off and wiped after each mission lest the AI discover how inferior their human masters are and turn on them and even go so far as to rid Earth of that inferior race. Nice to see AI used for remote combat, but why would Man develop something that smart and dangerous? Even if we couldn't build in Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, why would we attempt to harness a tool that can think much faster than we can, can learn and evolve much faster than we can, and that might decide we were superfluous if someone said the wrong thing?

    I could imagine taking a risk like that for a "last resort" device, but not for a tool that is used almost everyday. Even so, this theme did help build some tension and mystery into the story. Apr 02, Dodie Reed rated it really liked it. This is the start of a really good series. I could hardly put it down. There are two main characters, a super spy that works for the big corporations and a space force officer that controls the heavy duty robots when they are put into action.

    They are working against an alien force that has taken control of a large number of deep space stations. The action is fierce and yet the book is a book of people and their emotions, not just action. Jun 15, Gregory Close rated it really liked it. Some very interesting Sci-Fi concepts but I felt the story was rushed and could have use a little more narrative, character and setting development. All things considered it was a fun read, and I especially enjoyed the U. Space Force story arc, but it fell a little short of being great.

    That's mostly frustrating because I think it deserved to be great. That said, I will look forward to reading the next entry in the trilogy. Jun 17, Tyko Brising rated it really liked it. Could need a bit more development of the characters. Would like to see more of the AIs perspective, maybe a follow up book where it could develop further?

    Really a three star book but I give an extra for the interesting portrayal of the AI. Aug 13, Shelley Jones rated it really liked it. This book exhibited creative and interesting world building.

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    I also really enjoyed the characters and the different methods of combat that were described. It was a really exciting read and I could barely put it down. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series! Jul 29, KevBayer rated it really liked it. Pretty good AI story with an interesting twist. Sep 12, Trae Brookins rated it liked it Shelves: Not bad at all.

    Fun with action and sex. I might read another of these in the future for some light fun. Aug 12, Peter rated it it was amazing. The universe McCloskey has created is incredibly rich and detailed and as ever has plenty to keep you guessing right up to the final chapter! May 04, Peter rated it really liked it. A four way battle. Interwoven and told from all perspectives. AI weapons are needed to fight a superior foe but are reset before they evolve into an even bigger problem.

    However, the longer they are allowed evolve the more effective they are. A delicate balance is nudged ever closer to the tipping point. One of the AI weapons, 'Meridian', has proven very effective and has proven very lucky in the survival stakes. Meridian may be dodging the reset but no one can prove it - and hey, he's winning b A four way battle. Meridian may be dodging the reset but no one can prove it - and hey, he's winning battles in a losing war.

    High tech - high stakes in the near future. Very original story line! Great story with many complex, moving parts. The beginning grabs you with several interesting concepts in multiple, separate locations that all come together as the story progresses. Okay read Lots of act ion a lot of jumping from one key player to another which made it interesting to read. All the characters had much the same goal but each acted in a different way when faced with the challenges that make it a good read the only thing I didn't like was to many good guys with each out to fulfill their own agenda so not got a little confusing.

    But it did show human nature as it is. Sep 23, Patricia rated it it was ok Shelves: If you like reading long and detailed descriptions of robots fighting each other, you might really like this book, as it is well written. At least, what I read was well-written. I found it exceedingly boring. Nov 16, Evan added it.

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