"Accidental Intelligence is a faced-paced futuristic thriller shot through with elements of tech noir. Fun, thrilling, exciting!" - GoodReads Review
"Accidental Intelligence is like modernized noir meets action novel, in a futuristic setting. Again and again, this book delivers pops of detail that bring the world to life." - GoodReads Review
TALES FROM THE QUANTUM VAULT
In his debut novel, Bryan Chaffin transports us to the year 2139, where corporate combines have their own Senate seats, the surveillance-state is all-encompassing, humans live most of their lives in the Omninet, and sentient AIs are partners with the world government. It's not all bad, though. There are docbots, you never have to wait for a taxi, and if you can afford it, you can get your coffee made the old fashioned way, strained from the algae tanks.
Private detective Mason Truman is being yanked around by invisible strings, and it's an AI doing the yanking. Miranda. She's subtle. Crazy. And she thinks she can see the future. It's enough to drive Mason nuts. Miranda believes her fellow AIs are up to some kind of grand conspiracy against the Terran Republic, and she wants Mason's help proving it. Conspiracies are above Mason's pay grade, though, the kind of time-sink that can put a crimp in more serious pursuits. Like drinking coffee. And staying alive.
But Miranda won't take no for an answer. Mason can help or Miranda will make sure he becomes intimately acquainted with the finer conversational techniques of the secret police. So Mason digs until he uncovers a cache of stolen communications between a cabal of rogue AIs. They're planning what they call Eschaton—the divinely ordained end of humanity. Unless Mason and Miranda stop the arrogant pricks, the conspirators will destroy Earth.
Mason and Miranda have one chance, a way of bottling up the rogue AIs. All Mason has to do is lure the conspirators to the right spot in a sim world. That's how Mason learns that when Miranda said she needed help, what she meant was bait.
Talk about an immersion deck
First of all, stunning. Every twist and turn was better than the last, and there wasn’t a piece of the incredible puzzle that felt out of place. Best page turner of 2023. I don’t know how he does it, but the author’s talent at immersing me in this world in its entirety is unmatched. I never wanted it to end! I look forward to the second installment. This book is #1 on my “read again” list. 10/10!