#6 Steven James
The author of the acclaimed crime series starring FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers, Steven James’ pulse-pounding, award-winning thrillers are known for their intricate storylines and insightful explorations of good and evil. His latest novel is Synapse (Thomas Nelson): Thirty years in the future, when AI is so advanced that humans live side by side with cognizant robots called Artificials, Kestrel Hathaway must come to terms not just with what machines know, but with what they believe.
“For years I’ve been interested in AI and the implications of it—not just artificial intelligence but also artificial belief. In other words, once machines have free will, what will they choose to believe? Will they believe in God or are we to assume that all machines will be atheists? I think that if God is real, and robots can apprehend the truth, then some robots at least will certainly believe in God. What will happen then?”
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Thirty years in the future, when AI is so advanced that humans live side by side with cognizant robots called Artificials, Kestrel Hathaway must come to terms not just with what machines know, but with what they believe.
Soon after experiencing a personal tragedy, Kestrel witnesses a terrorist attack and is drawn into a world of conspiracies and lies that she and Jordan, her Artificial, have to untangle. With a second, more brutal attack looming on the horizon, their best chance of stopping it is teaming up with federal counterterrorism agent Nick Vernon. But the clock is ticking—and all the while, Jordan is asking questions Artificials were never meant to ask.
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