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The Kraken Project: A Novel par [Preston, Douglas]
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Wyman Ford is back again in The Kraken Project, the thrilling novel from New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston.

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 unpredictable and dangerous, requiring the probe to contain artificial intelligence software. To this end, Melissa Shepherd, a brilliant programmer, has developed "Dorothy," a powerful, self-modifying AI whose true 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 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 software: 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 has an extraordinary revelation—and devises a plan. As the pursuit of Dorothy converges on a deserted house on the coast of Northern California, Ford must face the ultimate question: is rescuing Dorothy the right thing? Is the AI bent on saving the world… or on wiping out the cancer that is humankind?

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 401 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1447274385
  • Editeur : Forge Books; Édition : Reprint (13 mai 2014)
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HASH(0x96979d80) étoiles sur 5 Same Old Wyman... And That's A Problem 14 mai 2014
Par D. Kittrell - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This is nominally the fourth Wyman Ford book. He's a great character: ex-CIA, ex-Christian monk, high-end private investigator. But he's stuck in a rut and seems to have memory problems. Other than some incidental character overlaps, the Wyman Ford books all tell a similar story. High tech intrigue (even alien invasion of a sort), two different kinds of strong AI threats that devolve into mystical endings (well, maybe only one but strong hints at two), a smart techie woman in a bad situation. And our Mr. Ford never even so much as says "you know, this is like another case I had...". It's getting to be a problem for the series. I know Douglas Preston is a better writer than this current book shows -- even the earlier Ford stories showed that, not to mention his wonderful work on the Pendergast series. But he needs to improve the continuity of the Wyman Ford books and get the man involved in actually solving problems not just along for the ride. Sorry, this one let me down. It has a potboiler vibe and Preston shouldn't need money bad enough to let this get out without a better story behind it.
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HASH(0x96ce4fd8) étoiles sur 5 Interesting concept with some hard to believe details 18 mai 2014
Par Michael Meyer - Publié sur
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I have a bias as Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are two of my favorite authors. So I asked for and received this as a birthday gift on the first day it was released. I read it over two days. Parts of it I liked, like the beginning with the plot setup. The overall concept was very good (what happens when an autonomous AI program escapes control of its programmers) but the details were at times hard to believe, such as the AI's character transformation and the source of that change. Adding to that was one of the main character's (a 12 years boy) constant complaining about his ruined life. Ok, he is a depressed lonely kid who experienced a tragic accident. Maybe that behavior would be realistic, but I just found it annoying. It seemed like the author was going for the YA audience. The result of his tragic accident also made the action sequence at the end of the book hard to believe. On a positive note, the build up of suspense toward the end of the book was very well done, even if I didn't care for the character. I fond several of his earlier novels to be better.
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HASH(0x96ad42f4) étoiles sur 5 What a disappointment! 5 juin 2014
Par Kurt G. Schumacher - Publié sur
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I have always looked forward to new books from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, but this one left me feeling like I had been hit in the face with a dead fish.

The plot was nothing original... an Artificial Intelligence program escapes and the chase is on to prevent it from wiping out mankind. There characters seemed more like caricatures. I liked the character of the programmer who wrote the program, but she wasn't developed nearly enough.

But the main problem with this book is that the author clearly does not have a good enough understanding of technology to write a believable story that is so solidly based in that technology. I lost it when one character pointed out that an iPad has enough computing power to simulate the human brain. REALLY? Why aren't iPads running the world already? Or maybe they are... that might explain a lot...

Okay, I'm a software developer, so when I read a book or see a movie where computer technology is a key component, it sometimes ending up being a comedy when it wasn't intended to. And my wife rolls her eyes when I start shouting at the TV when the characters on cop shows start spouting tech gibberish. But this book went so far beyond credibility that I almost stopped reading, which I hardly ever do. As it is, I found myself skimming though pages, wihich I also very seldom do.

And it's not that the technology is so blatantly stretched to the breaking point, but that the AI character consistently does things that it is not supposed to be able to do based on previous statements in the book itself. I can't go into details without revealing to much of the plot.

The level of writing was also far below what I've come to expect from Preston. If it weren't for the graphic violence in the book, I would have through this was a Young Adult novel.

This book was a major disappointment. I hope it's an aberration and that Preston gets back on track soon.
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HASH(0x9678d2dc) étoiles sur 5 Final impression of the book 17 mai 2014
Par Soundman - Publié sur
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First, let me say that I am a HUGE Preston/Child fan (although NOT of the Gideon Crew novels) and have also read the Wymam Ford books, which I have totally enjoyed.
But this Kraken Project is not written with the clarity necessary to pull off this kind of story.

Dorothy is not "real", she's artificial intelligence. Yet as she travels through the internet Preston writes her experience as that of a human (which she basically is, but with no body) in a "physical world" encountering other "humans" (?) while in cyberspace, which I am ASSUMING to be that she is stumbling upon various online game environments and the characters in those games (as usual, they are not good characters).
But it's not clear.
And if I am so unclear of this story this short way into the book, I know I cannot be the only one.
I can usually figure things out in books very well. But this is odd. Very.

As talented a writer as he is, I think Preston may have bitten off more than he can chew with this, especially given that it's not a very long book.
I think he may have rushed to get this written, which sucks because it makes it "undeveloped" in certain aspects. Unclear. Confusing.

I'll write more later after I finish. But I wanted to put this out there so other readers won't feel alone in their thinking about the book if they too find this convoluted.

Giving this 3 stars for effort.
His worst book so far. But, not all authors can write 5 star novels every time. I will continue to read his work, but hopefully he will put more into better stoylines.
Preston and Child should stop the horrible Gideon Crew series as it is just taking time that could be better spent on the solo projects..... and not have a huge pile of distractions when writing the Pendergast series.
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HASH(0x96de3678) étoiles sur 5 Silly, silly plot 2 juin 2014
Par David Suffia - Publié sur
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This book has an absolutely silly plot. It was so bad I stopped reading after a few chapters. I enjoy science fiction flights of fancy but this was so over the top it was ridiculous. If you're okay with the idea that an Artificial Intelligence computer program in a NASA spacecraft could jump into the Internet and threaten the world, this might be for you. It might have worked if the writing were better but it is infantile and comic.
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