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Crystal Deception by Doug J. Cooper is a must-read thriller for those who enjoy battles with aliens in outer space, sentient artificial intelligence (AI), intrigue, and romance. In most books I’ve read about AI, the sentient artificial intelligence’s main goal is self-preservation. In this first book of this series, Mr. Cooper creates an AI (Criss) that is philosophical, questioning its very essence. Seemingly omnipotent, Criss must decide if it will be a team player or not. I really enjoyed this take on AI.
To prevent the Kardish (aliens) from capturing Criss, a team from the Union of Nations and Criss’ inventor, Dr. Tallete, deceive the aliens by sending an inferior crystal intelligence into space. Angered by the deception, the Kardish fight the team, losing the battle.
Upon returning to earth, the politicians, perhaps guided by the aliens, want to recreate the AI. Can the team prevent this from happening and preserve humanity? To find out, you’ll have to read the sequel.
I enjoyed the story with all its subplots. The characters, even Criss, seemed real. The action was well-paced—I couldn’t put the book down. I particularly enjoyed how Jack and Sid resolve problems with what is at hand. Kudos for originality to Mr. Cooper!