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Book Review: Beyond the Horizon Line/The Sanctuary

Last week I read Beyond the Horizon Line/The Sanctuary. Here’s what I thought:

The short version of this review is that I enthusiastically recommend this book. If I could give it six stars, I would.

Now for the long version:

While I enjoy hard science fiction, it’s not a genre I seek out. Beyond the Horizon Line might just have persuaded me to read more books like it.

The premise is compelling: Gabriel Kittrich was experimenting with ways to upload his consciousness to his invention, the Neural Upload Remote Long-term Storage System. When he is in the middle of a test, a fire breaks out and he dies.

At least, that’s what everyone thinks. What they don’t know is that Gabriel’s consciousness and personality were successfully uploaded. From there the book takes off in a high-tech cybercrime story that pulled me in so I didn’t want to stop reading.

Beyond the Horizon Line explores artificial intelligence in a way that was new and fresh to me, so it made for a great reading experience.

One of the many outstanding qualities of Beyond the Horizon Line is how smoothly the author explains the high-tech nature of the artificial intelligence, computer security systems and much more. I never got bored or confused. Instead, I just reveled in the complex story.

And then there are the characters. Many hard science fiction authors rely on the technology to pull the story along. Not so with this one. At times I was truly terrified for the protagonist, because I didn’t want anything bad to happen to him.

If you like high tech science fiction mixed with a crime story mixed with a bit of romance, you will love this book. You can purchase it here. (PS the link is an affiliate link, which means if you click on it and buy the book, Amazon will throw me a little of their cut without raising the price for you.) I know I did, and I’m looking forward to reading more from this wonderful new talent.

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