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The Neuromophs

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The Neuromorphs by Dennis Meredith

The robots were good. The Russian thugs were evil. But then. . .

It’s 2050, and self-learning Helper androids have proven invaluable servants to humans, making their lives easier, even saving them.

But to their horror, retired SEAL Patrick Jensen and his wife Leah discover that rogue programmers and Russian mobsters are reprogramming the trusted robots to murder their wealthy owners. The crooks then skillfully disguise the lifelike robots as their dead masters, directing the robot mimics to plunder the victims’ estates of billions of dollars.

But neither the corrupt engineers nor the greedy thugs realize what catastrophe they have wrought in giving the robots autonomous abilities.

They have created a new race of networked, “hive-minded” sentient creatures driven by a relentless survival instinct: the Neuromorphs.

Patrick must enlist his SEAL team to marshal their combat skills and futuristic firepower to thwart the seemingly unstoppable evolution of a new dominant species on the planet.

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Dennis Meredith

About the Author

Dennis Meredith brings to his novels an expertise in science from his career as a science communicator at some of the country’s leading research universities, including MIT, Caltech, Cornell, Duke and the University of Wisconsin. He has worked with science journalists at all the nation’s major newspapers, magazines, and radio and TV networks and has written well over a thousand news releases and magazine articles on science and engineering over his career.

He has served on the executive board of the National Association of Science Writers and has written numerous articles and guidebooks on science writing and science communication. He has also served as a judge and manager for the NASW Science-in-Society Awards and the AAAS Science Writing Awards.

He was a creator and developer of EurekAlert!, working with The American Association for the Advancement of Science to establish this international research news service, which now links more than 4,500 journalists to news from 800 subscribing research institutions.

In 2007, he was elected as a AAAS Fellow “for exemplary leadership in university communications, and for important contributions to the theory and practice of research communication.” In 2012 he was named the year’s Honorary Member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.

He holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Texas (1968) and an M.S. in biochemistry and science writing from the University of Wisconsin (1970).

He is currently writing science articles, non-fiction books and science fiction novels. He also develops and conducts communication workshops for researchers seeking to enhance their communication skills, both professional and lay-level. He has developed workshops for researchers at universities, research foundations, and government agencies and laboratories.

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My Review

4 Stars

Robots have come into the home to help people with various chores called Helpers. But then they were given human like personalities and reactions, to make them more realistic. This is to help them perform every task for their human owners, even to anticipate the human’s request. But then a Russian mobster decides to use the robots for his own personal gain.

By changing the programming of the robots, they are given the opportunity to think for themselves and initially kill their owners and take their place. But then things get worse fast and the robots start to fight for their own rights in this world.

This was an interesting take on robots becoming self-aware and taking over. There were some twists on the story that gave it a new take. It was full of action with the Seal Team coming in to the rescue and adventure which kept me interested. There were a couple parts that didn’t make sense to me but I tried not to dwell on them.

I enjoyed reading this story. It’s worth checking out if you enjoy scifi, AI, and such.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Author Marketing Experts for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Leona’s Last Resort

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Leona’s Last Resort (Tawnee Mountain Mysteries – 1) by Karen Bryson

A small-town mystery novella with a dash of romance and a few ghosts.

When Max Elliot invites Izzy Grant to a fancy Ivy League alumni reception at the Tawnee Mountain Resort, the ghost hunters anticipate a romantic weekend getaway at the premier ski and golf destination. But when wealthy hotelier Leona Hutton is murdered, and her ghost asks Izzy to find her killer, she and Max decide to investigate.

Will Izzy and Max solve the case before more alumni end up dead, or the killer turns the tables and decides to hunt the ghost hunters?

Leona’s Last Resort is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the Tawnee Mountain Resort.

Leona’s Last Resort features ghost hunters, Izzy Grant and Max Elliot, from the Izzy & Max Paranormal Mystery series.

Each book in this multi-author series is a standalone novella, and the series can be read in any order.

The Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series includes:
Leona’s Last Resort by Karen M. Bryson
Dark Side of the Mountain by R.J. Rosatte
Deadly Reception by Karen Randau
Black Diamond Graves by Wendy Fallon
Deadly Misfire by Laurie Fagen
Cassidy’s Deadly Exit by Marla J. Hayes
The Quinnipiac Disappearance by Lee Tidball

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Karen M. Bryson

About the Author

Karen is a USA Today Best Selling author.  She has published over 40 books, some under her own name, but the majority under her various pen names.  As Dakota Madison, Karen writes New Adult, contemporary and Love in Midlife romance.  In 2014 Dakota was awarded the prestigious RONE Award for Excellence in the Indie and Small Publishing Industry. As Ren Monterrey, she has reached into the erotic romance market with the much acclaimed Club Series.  Under the name Sierra Avalon, Karen has published four New Adult romance novels.  As Savannah Young, Karen writes her Old Town Country Romance Series, based on the small rural New Jersey town in which she grew up.  She has also written over a dozen books as Karen Mueller Bryson including stories of inspiration, children’s books, quirky comedies, a biography, and even a graphic novel.

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My Review

5 Stars

Izzy Grant is the cantankerous and rebellious owner of an antique store in a little town. Max Elliot is a rich guy whose family has built the Tawnee Mountain Resort against the approval of the locals. The story starts with Max asking Izzy to join him at his alumni’s reception at the Tawnee Mountain Resort to be introduced to his mentor. With a lot of protest, Izzy goes along.

Izzy feels out of her element because it is clear that rich people don’t think the same way as her. It is going to get worse when she meets Max’s ex Priscilla who makes it clear that she WILL be marrying Max. Then we meet Leona Hutton, rich benefactor, lover to Max’s mentor, and parent to Priscilla. When her ghost wakes up Izzy and tells her to find her murderer we learn that Leona has a lot of money that several people want and would rather hurry along her death than wanting to wait.

This was a quick read and a really good mystery. I admit that Izzy has a tendency to rub you the wrong way but if you can get past that she is a really good person. I do feel for her during the reception, I mean how are you supposed to act when rich people look down on you and are more than a little rude about it? But the mystery was good and had me guessing until the end, there were several people who could have done it.

This is a great short story that has me curious about reading other books with Izzy and Max in them. I am also very interested in reading more about the Tawnee Mountain Mystery Series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Ari at Candid Book Reviews for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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