InSyte by Greg Kiser
(Excerpt from Goodreads) It’s Tampa Bay and the year is 2020. Ex-Navy SEAL Mitch Double Downing discovers how to tap into the internet with his mind. His new inSyte provides transparent access to the sum of all human knowledge recorded since hieroglyphics. More than mere information – Mitch can see into men’s hearts and be all places at all times (easy in an ‘always on’ surveillance society with fourth generation tweets). Sort of like God. But inSyte has ideas of its own as the software exposes a politician’s “divine” plan that will unwittingly slaughter millions of people. Is killing the man the only way to prevent Armageddon? The politician’s daughter would probably disagree. And she happens to be the love of Mitch’s life. Losing Kate would be too damn much collateral damage. At the center of the conflict is a wolf-like killer who will stop at nothing to murder the ex-Navy SEAL. And Mitch must come to grips with inSyte’s dark side – a dominating addiction that soon controls his thoughts and places him on a steep slide to self destruction.
Not that far into our future, cash has become obsolete, the United States is no more with the joining of the countries in the world, and people are hooked up to the internet by chips on them. But that is not enough. Mitch Double has created a way to connect to the internet all the time.
At the same time, he has fallen for Kate, the daughter of the mayor. But there is a big debate going on with how to make an emergency system for Miami. Two companies are offering the same product but one is charging several billions. With inSyte, Mitch foresees millions of deaths. After discovering how Kate’s father is going to benefit from the system, Mitch and Kate decided to try and stop him. But they are not alone. Certain people have sent insurance to make sure the mayor votes in the emergency system.
I liked this story. I couldn’t put it down; I just had to see what happened next. I really like the possibility of the technology. I have to admit that I was interested in the assassin but was not really impressed with him later in the story. I would also have liked to have a little more explanation for what happened to have all the countries joined.
Overall, I would recommend this book. It is a techno thriller that has possibilities.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.