Title: The Kraken Project
Author: Douglas Preston
Series: Wyman Ford #4
Publisher: Forge Books
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Bold and brilliant former-Monk-turned-CIA-operative Wyman Ford returns
in THE KRAKEN PROJECT, on a search to stop an Artificial Intelligence
program, originally developed by NASA to pilot an explorer to the Kraken
Mare on Saturn’s moon, Titan. As the AI begins to think for itself, it escapes
onto the Internet where it can do extreme damage to all of the world’s
computer-controlled infrastructures. Booklist has given it a Starred
review, saying “Preston’s latest solo novel takes a wildly implausible
premise and turns it into a very entertaining thriller…
his characters are so compelling, his storytelling
so persuasive, that we buy it all completely…Bravo.”
NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare,
the largest sea on Saturn’s great moon, Titan. It is one of the most
promising habitats for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, but
the surface is unstable and dangerous, requiring the probe to
be outfitted with artificial intelligence software. Melissa Shepherd,
a brilliant programmer, has developed “Dorothy,” a powerful,
self-modifying AI whose potential is both revolutionary and terrifying.
When miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing,
Dorothy flees into the internet.
Former CIA agent Wyman Ford is tapped to help track down the
rogue AI. As Ford and Shepherd search for Dorothy, they realize that
her horrific experiences in the wasteland of the Internet have
changed her in ways they can barely imagine. And they’re not the
only ones looking for the wayward program: the AI is also being
pursued by a pair of Wall Street traders who want to capture her
code and turn her into a high-speed trading bot.
Traumatized, angry, and relentlessly hunted, Dorothy devises a
plan. As the pursuit of Dorothy converges on a deserted house on
the coast of Northern California, Ford faces the question: is rescuing
Dorothy the right thing? Is the AI bent on saving the world…
or on wiping out the cancer that is humankind?
About the Author
Douglas Preston is the co-author with Lincoln Child of the celebrated Pendergast series of novels, including such best-selling titles as Fever Dream, The Book of the Dead, The Wheel of Darkness, and Relic, which became a number one box office hit movie. His solo novels include the New York Times bestsellers Impact, Blasphemy, The Codex, and Tyrannosaur Canyon. His most recent nonfiction book, The Monster of Florence, is being made into a film starring George Clooney. Preston is an expert long-distance horseman, a member of the elite Long Riders Guild, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has travelled to remote parts of the world as an archaeological correspondent for The New Yorker. He also worked as an editor and writer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and taught nonfiction writing at Princeton University. Preston is the Co-president of International Thriller Writers, and serves on the Governing Council of the Authors Guild.
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“Douglas Preston has written the most wildly original novel you are
ever likely to read, a Sci-Fi thriller Isaac Asimov would have
treasured. That said, I doubt if it is fiction. A prediction, I suspect.
I loved this book, and I know you will too.”
—Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of Pirate Alley
“I never miss a Doug Preston novel, and with The Kraken Project, he
simply blew me away. Here is a book as chilling as it is provocative,
making you look anew at what it means to be ‘alive.’ Here is an eye-opening
glimpse into the fringes of artificial intelligence blended with a taut
thriller of heart-pounding suspense. It’s Preston at his finest!”
—James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of The Eye of God