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Synapse

Narrated by: Therese Plummer
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Summary

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, Synapse is 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 of Hunt 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)

©2019 Steven James (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

Critic reviews

"A realistic and an intelligent look into our future, Synapse takes the reader deep into the minds of the characters, both human and artificial, to smartly explore AI and eschatology. Thought-provoking and compulsive - this is a book you can’t afford to miss!" (Ronie Kendig, best-selling author of The Tox Files)

"A thriller that left me in awe of future technology while I turned pages to see what happened next...and where I fit." (DiAnn Mills, best-selling author)

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  • Karleen S
  • 20-03-20

Well written and hard to put down.

Thought provoking … technology is meant to better our lives yet does it really? As a society we are well on our way for AI taking over!

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  • rno
  • 04-03-20

Thought provoking suspense

I wanted to rush to the finish but at the same time I wanted to savor every word. I will recommend this book to friends.

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  • Kyba
  • 05-12-19

Too Emotional

I wanted a book to add knowledge about AI but it was mostly about AI’s having consciousness and a soul. I really wanted to learn about advances in technology. It was mostly about people disliking AI and terror attacked against it.

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  • Dan Panetti
  • 26-11-19

Pleasantly surprised

Wasn’t sure what to expect with an AI book, but I was pleasantly surprised and found the book interesting and even informative. I liked the spiritual concepts woven into the storyline - well done without being overbearing. Raised some intriguing issues relating to AI, morality and technology. Worth the read.

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  • Debbie
  • 08-11-19

great book

loved this book. Steven James never fails to write an excellent story. it's going to be hard waiting for the next book. (I hope there is a next book)

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  • Timothy
  • 27-10-19

Great Story!

Well-written, engaging plot. Thought provoking too! Steven James hits another home run - highly recommend.

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  • Deborah Owen
  • 18-10-19

Who is the father?

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.