Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Review: RedDevil 4 by Eric Leuthardt

Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Hagan Maerici is on the verge of a breakthrough in artificial intelligence that could change the way we think about human consciousness. Obsessed with his job and struggling to save his marriage, Dr. Maerici is forced to put his life’s work on the line when a rash of brutal murders strikes St. Louis.

Edwin Krantz, an aging, technophobic detective, and his partner, Tara Dezner, are tasked with investigating the horrifying killings. Shockingly, the murders have all been committed by prominent citizens who have no obvious motives or history of violence. Seeking an explanation for the suspects’ strange behavior, Krantz and Denzer turn to Dr. Maerici, who believes that the answer lies within the killers’ brains themselves. Someone is introducing a glitch into the in-brain computer systems of the suspects—a virus that turns ordinary citizens into murderers. With time running out, this trio of unlikely allies must face a gauntlet of obstacles, both human and A.I., as they attempt to avert disaster.

Received for review.

When I saw that authors such as Douglas Preston and Steve Berry, whose books I really enjoy, were praising this book I knew I had to read it and I'm quite glad I did.

Despite technically being Science Fiction this was the scariest book I've read in quite some time.  We're talking sleeping with the lights on/putting it in the freezer scary.  While it is set in 2053 it still creeps me out just knowing this technology is not only possible but its implementation almost a given.

This well crafted, brilliantly written tale was immediately engaging.  Hagan was a little bit of a jerk, but I think that was to be expected.  The suspense level was so high throughout the book that I found myself barely blinking as I flipped the pages as fast as I could read them - not really wanting to find out what disturbing thing happened next but unable to stop reading nonetheless.

I highly recommend this to techno-thriller fans.  It's an amazing first book by a clearly talented author.

★★★★ = Really Liked It

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Ryan said...

I'm always a little leery of thrillers for some reason, I never like them as much as I do a straight mystery.

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