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Neurogarden

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If you're looking for a tech thriller, look no further than Neurogarden!

Synopsis

Brenna Patrick is a brilliant technologist specializing in neural-cognitive functions and AI. She has cracked the code to solve one of the most troublesome problems in the field, and turned that into the multi-billion dollar NeuralTech Corporation.

Working quietly with the U.S. Department of Defense, NeuralTech is poised to leapfrog the competition with a revolutionary system for tracking people, starting with the world’s most wanted terrorists. But there are only so many terrorists in the world, so who’s next?

When a pair of Columbia graduate students, Jenny and Leo, stumble on the dark secret of NeuralTech’s success, it kicks off a tense game of cat and mouse. As they fight to defeat the powerful forces arrayed against them, nothing less than the fate of humanity hangs in the balance…

NEUROGARDEN is a roller-coaster ride of a thriller, one that will have readers pondering the nature of memory, and of reality, long after they've read the last page.
Meet the Characters

Brenna Patrick is a genius, but when video gets leaked from one of her projects at NeuralTech, the media begins speculating just what is going on behind the closed doors there. As part of her Master's Capstone, Jenny Mercado is supposed to give a presentation to Brenna and her team. She decides instead to go off the cuff and tell them what they need to do to stay on top of the viral video and keep the posts in their favor. Jenny's classmate and maybe boyfriend, Leo Martino, is also there for the presentation and doesn't seem too pleased that Jenny went off script. But Jenny ends up getting offered an internship at NeuralTech from Brenna. This ends up getting Jenny and Leo in the door to a big presentation that Brenna is giving on what their technology can do (along with creating more videos to "leak" before the wild 'what ifs' take over).


This story moves fast and it is a tech thriller through and through from the very beginning. I have been looking for a really good tech thriller that grabbed me and was pretty excited to see that this book seems to be the first in a series. Generally I don't like to dive into a series when I am not sure when subsequent books may be available, but while the end did leave things open ended, it also satisfied me enough that it wasn't a giant cliffhanger and I have to dive into more right away. And while everything is based in tech, it is not overly complicated and anyone should be able to jump on this roller coaster of a book even with no technical background whatsoever. The book will keep you on your toes and you probably won't be able to guess what will happen next - shocking twists and turns are everywhere in this thriller!

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Synopsis

Brenna Patrick is a brilliant technologist specializing in neural-cognitive functions and AI. She has cracked the code to solve one of the most troublesome problems in the field, and turned that into the multi-billion dollar NeuralTech Corporation.

Working quietly with the U.S. Department of Defense, NeuralTech is poised to leapfrog the competition with a revolutionary system for tracking people, starting with the world’s most wanted terrorists. But there are only so many terrorists in the world, so who’s next?

When a pair of Columbia graduate students, Jenny and Leo, stumble on the dark secret of NeuralTech’s success, it kicks off a tense game of cat and mouse. As they fight to defeat the powerful forces arrayed against them, nothing less than the fate of humanity hangs in the balance…

NEUROGARDEN is a roller-coaster ride of a thriller, one that will have readers pondering the nature of memory, and of reality, long after they've read the last page.
Meet the Characters

At least two dozen reporters squeezed into the NeuralTech Observation Deck, but only the lucky few at the glass could see what was going on in the dimly lit nerve center on the other side. The invite list was long, in case the press decided not to show up, but show up they did. In spades.


"Are we cleared to launch the operation, Ms. Patrick?" blasted through a loudspeaker into the cramped space, triggering a round of watchers inching closer to the glass for a better view of the great Brenna Patrick.


"Proceed."


Brenna relished moments like this. Absolutely lived for them. A room full of the best minds in the world hanging on her signal was better than a good single pot still Irish Whiskey. Better than sex.


"Begin targeting sequence in three, two, one."


Green glowing bubbles popped up on the walls of the nerve center, each linked to the previous and spreading out to fill the room. The reporters who saw the whole picture from the Observation Deck realized the nerve center was a platform in the heart of a sphere, with the ever-growing network of circles widening into a glowing psychedelic quilt covering the dome walls. It was like two planetariums jammed together and showing the latest Pink Floyd or Jimi Hendrix Experience laser light show.


Brenna never missed an op these days. Especially now with so many new people interested, and a slew of reporters assigned to cover her work. All the faces pressed up against the window, wrestling with one another for a slightly better view, brought her such joy. As the lights chased each other across the black sky of the dome, Brenna adjusted her headset to make sure her voice would come through loud and clear for the audience above.


"As the network expands, we should start seeing green transitioning to red. These are proximity zones." A region of the dome in front and below the window began to glow orange, and Brenna lifted an arm to point the zone out to the onlookers. "Look, one is starting to form now."


Pulses of orange transitioning to green flashed faster and faster like a neon strobe light, tracing back and forth along the walls but closing in on a spot to the left of the faces staring wide-eyed through the glass. Soon orange became red, and the rest of the room faded back to black.


"Target acquired, Ms. Patrick. Are we cleared to terminate?"


The pulsing red wash glimmered like a smoldering halo over her long black hair. With dead calm eyes, she responded.


"Proceed."


Yes, definitely better than sex.



About the author

My body may be showing signs of wear, but I’m keeping my brain tight. When I am not dreaming of far off worlds and writing, I am living a semi-normal life working in New York City, and watching movies with my wife and her spastic cat, Moss. view profile

Published on August 03, 2020

60000 words

Contains explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Science Fiction

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