Book: The Three Poisons (The Horsemen Trilogy Book 3) by John Molikcategories: Book, Science Fiction, Action and Adventure, Genetic Engineering, Conspiracy, Techno-Thriller
John Molikabout this book: The Three Poisons explores many of the same themes as the first two books in the series, The Fiduciary Delusion and A Step Beyond, but additionally examines the meaning of existence in both a holistic, humancentric sense, and from an artificial intelligence (AI) and human interface perspective. Will quantum computers eventually become sentient? And if so, will they need the human mind to teach them to model the universe? Or will they exist in a niche completely outside human awareness? Will the technology require us to be super vigilant in its initial design and implementation? Or will our attempts at chaining the leviathan be ultimately foolhardy? Could advanced quantum computers feel and learn? And if so, could they eventually learn to fall in love? Would they even want to?
I've grown up reading the incredible thought-provoking authors of Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein and John Christopher. My goal was to incorporate the styles of these great classic authors, yet give the reader a totally new twist. As much of today's Science Fiction portrays dystopian themes about the future of transhumanism, I wanted to consider a storyline that this "singularity" (of man and machine) could also be the pivot point toward real, positive change—an alchemical transformation rendering old models obsolete. The tools of destruction being shattered and rendered into tools of regeneration.
The genetically engineered, AI-enhanced characters of Aria Freeman and Blair Reed, remind us that the human heart, soul, or "life force" can never be quashed through synthetic means. Our hearts yearn for change, for improvement, for participation in the universal love that guides each and every one of us on our individual journey (or Siddhartha path). The Power Paradox is explored through the actions of the Horsemen and their global corporate control grid. The villain, an archetype of the hidden malevolent nature that resides just beneath the surface in all of us, will genuinely make the reader cringe.
Action packed, with a touch of Clive Cussler and/or James Rollins, The Three Poisons takes the reader on a rollicking, muscular adventure into the very mental essence of existence.
The novel works very well as a standalone, but the reader will likely want to read the first two books to get the full impact of the series.
If you enjoy provocative techno-thrillers, strongly consider reading The Three Poisons.
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Other books by John Molik
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• Book Review: The Fiduciary Delusion (The Horsemen Trilogy Book 1) by John Molik|
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