Book - 2013 | 1st ed.
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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 .

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781250021342
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 373 p. ; 25 cm.


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Jul 09, 2015

Well for those who feel that the storyline is "completely illogical and unbelievable" there is an announcement from Duke University that they have tested a Brainet which is the basis of the plot line. Somethings are unlikely to happen but it is a story. Some of the physics laws have been modified. The book is very close to what Steve Berry would write.

May 22, 2015

completely illogical and unbeleivable.

lms Jun 05, 2014

reading it loving it

Jun 05, 2014

Boring, slow and a waste of paper and time. A review on the book cover put this author in the same rank with Michael Crichton. Alpert is not even close.

Jul 19, 2013

I did not like this book. While much of the science and technology does currently exist, the situations in which the author places the characters struck me as absurd. For me, this author does not pick up the torch Michael Crichton left. Ugh. Unless you're a total fan of this genre, do not waste your time.

Mar 16, 2013

This is again a great story and an exciting read. I wait impatiently for Mark's next novel.

ChristchurchLib Mar 11, 2013

"Fans of Michael Crichton's exciting blend of science and fast-paced action won't be disappointed by this near-future thriller, which combines a terrifying artificial intelligence, military secrets, and a father's race to save his daughter's life. Jim Pierce was once an NSA analyst who now designs bionic prosthetic limbs for wounded veterans; he even wears one himself. When he learns that his estranged daughter, a skilled hacker, has been targeted by Chinese security, he and a China expert with the NSA may be the only ones who can stop a malevolent China-based AI network that has been reprogramming and controlling humans, with an end goal of destroying mankind. The action ramps up to a series of nail-biting scenes, so you may want to set aside enough time to finish this book in one sitting." March 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=609367

Mar 05, 2013

Terrifying to consider the science in this work of fiction already exists in many forms in the real world. Cyber insects can be seen on Youtube.


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