Book Blast: Crystal Deception


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When aliens, artificial intelligence and humans collide…


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Publication Date: September 15, 2013Genre: Futuristic Thriller/ Science Fiction
Criss lives in a special kind of prison. He can see and hear
everything around the world. Yet a restrictor mesh restrains his reach and
keeps him cooperative. His creator, Dr. Jessica Tallette, believes his special
abilities offer great promise for humanity. But she fears the consequences of
freeing him, because Criss, a sentient artificial intelligence with the
intellect of a thousand humans, is too powerful to control.
Guided by her scientific training, Tallette works cautiously
with Criss. That is, until the Kardish, an otherwise peaceful race of alien
traders, announce they want him for themselves. With technologies superior to
Earth’s, the Kardish express their desires with ominous undertones.

Union of Nations is funding Tallete’s artificial intelligence research and she
turns to them for help. Sid, a special agent charged with leading the response,
decides Earth’s greatest weapon is the very AI the aliens intend to possess.
But what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? And what
is humanity’s role if an interstellar battle among titans starts to rage?


Relaxed from exhaustion and beer, the
three strayed from shop talk. Jack regaled Cheryl with story after
story of adventures he and Sid had experienced together. Their wild
exploits amused her, and even correcting for embellishment, she was
amazed at the places they’d been, the chances they’d taken, and
the impact they’d made.
As she listened, two things
fascinated her. The first was personal. It appeared to her that
Jack’s stories were supportive of Sid. Sid was sophisticated. Sid
was calm and cool. Sid led the way. Sid saved the day. She wondered
what Jack knew about their previous relationship and if he was
somehow trying to repair past damage.
The second was professional. She
noticed that once a minute, Jack scanned the room. He never stopped
talking or laughing or being a part of the group. But it seemed as if
he were tracking everyone in the pub, mentally recording their
location and what they were doing. She watched him do this over and
over, and then became curious if Sid did it as well.
She shifted her position in the
booth so she could see Sid more directly. Given the tight seating,
her movement caused her leg to push against his. He turned to look at
her and saw her looking at him. He smiled and patted her knee. Wrong
, she thought. I wasn’t playing footsies.
Story time continued, with Jack
relating yet another fantastic tale. And then she saw Sid scan the
room. He did it just like Jack, only shifted by half a minute. He had
Jack’s back and Jack had his. They were partners.
She was happy for Sid that he had
found his place in life, though she couldn’t deny the emotional
tug-of-war that battled in her head and heart that it didn’t
include her. Yet at this time and in this situation, she chose to
enjoy the moment.

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About the Author

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As a young child, Doug stood on a Florida beach and
watched an Apollo spacecraft climb the sky on its mission to the moon. He
thrilled at the sight of the pillar of flames pushing the rocket upward. And
then the thunderous roar washed over him, and shook his body and soul.
Since then, he has explored life as an educator and
entrepreneur. He enjoys telling inventive tales, mentoring driven individuals,
and everything sci-tech.
In his new book, Crystal Deception, Doug swirls his
creative imagination with his life experiences to craft a science fiction
action-adventure story with engaging characters and a plot line with surprises.

He lives in Connecticut with his wonderful wife and
with pictures of his son, who is off somewhere in the world creating adventures
of his own..

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