~I received a copy of RedDevil 4 for review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
By Eric C. Leuthardt
A Forge Book; February, 2014
$25.99; 368 pages
Reading is my passion and always has been. My all time favorite books are technology thrillers. I can’t count the nights I was caught reading under the covers with a flashlight back in the day. They were usually books about space, the future or both. Those books give me an adrenaline rush more than anything else can. When I read about RedDevil 4 I knew it was the exact kind of book to keep me reading late into the night, which is just the way I like it.
Imagine a time when every neurological ailment can be cured, people paralyzed by accident, injury or stroke can walk once more, electronic devices are driven by our minds, and every wish can be manifested simply by thinking. With the emergence of brain-computer interfaces, people will be able to perform well beyond the limits of their physical bodies and enjoy experiences that extend to the heights of human imagination. It may sound like science fiction but the neuroprosthetic revolution is almost here. The next great technological shift is already being reflected in our popular entertainment—television shows “Almost Human,” “Person of Interest,” and “Intelligence,” which features a former Special Forces operative who has a microchip implanted in his brain. No one knows better how close we are to making this a reality than neurosurgeon and biomedical engineer Eric C. Leuthardt, author of the futuristic thriller REDDEVIL 4.
Like the great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, Leuthardt creates a fully imagined world in this adrenaline-pumping thriller. In Leuthardt’s world, electronic devices are vestiges of the past and brain-computer interfaces, implanted in the doctor’s office, rule the day. For aging detective Edwin Krantz they are a necessary annoyance, until he and his partner, former navy SEAL Tara Dezner realize that a series of horrifying murders committed by leading citizens for no apparent reason might have a connection. They turn to renowned neurosurgeon Hagan Maerici for answers.
Maerici is nearing a breakthrough in artificial intelligence and realizes that someone may be tampering with the computer systems implanted in the brains of prominent people. Dezner and Krantz need his help to solve the riddle behind this rash of killings but soon find the neurosurgeon is a riddle himself. Could he be somehow responsible? As the detectives dig they discover a long-buried mistake made by Maerici, a mistake that could have devastating consequences to millions of people. With time ticking away, can they overcome the spiraling dangers from a dream of artificial intelligence that has gone horribly wrong and avert disaster by learning the devastating secret behind REDDEVIL 4?
ERIC C. LEUTHARDT M.D. is a neurosurgeon and biomedical engineer as well as a recognized pioneer in neuroprosthetics. He is widely published in scientific journals and has received a number of scholarly awards in recognition of his contributions Dr. Leuthardt is the director of the Center of or Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology at Washington University School of Medicine, where he researches brain-computer interfaces. He is ranked as one of the most prolific inventors in the world, with more than 800 patents either granted of pending. REDDEVIL 4 is his first novel.
I am floored that this is Leuthardt’s first novel. He writes like a seasoned novelist and I am already craving more but since this is his first one I will have to wait a good long while. Sometimes I can be an incredibly impatient person. He uses his extensive experience in the science field to write a book with great detail of technology and what the future could hold. In this novel we find that as amazing as technology has become there is a line between it and consciousness and that line is blurry. People are getting murdered and it must be stopped. I get goosebumps just thinking about this book! An implant in my eye to use as my cell phone and internet sounds like a far fetched idea now but who knows what might come along in 40 years. The moment I finished this book I immediately was wanting it to be made into a movie as I think it is just that good. If you love technology thrillers than this one absolutely cannot be missed!