- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Profoundly One Publishing
- Publication Date: October 9, 2018
- ISBN-10: 173274081X
- ISBN-13: 978-1732740815
The world runs on ARCs. Altered Reality Chips. Small implants, behind the left ear, that allow people to experience anything they ever imagined. The network controls everything, from traffic, to food production, to law enforcement. Some proclaim it a Golden Age of humanity. Others have begun to see the cracks. Few realize that behind it all, living within every brain and able to control all aspects of society, there exists a being with an agenda all his own: the singularity called Adam, who believes he is God.
Jimmy Mahoney’s brain can’t accept an ARC. Not since his football injury from the days when the league was still offline. ARC-incompatible is what the doctors told him. Worse than being blind and deaf, he is a man struggling to cling to what’s left of a society that he is no longer a part of. His wife spends twenty-three hours a day online, only coming off when her chip forcibly disconnects her so she can eat. Others are worse. Many have died, unwilling or unable to come offline to take care of even their most basic needs.
Jimmy can see what is happening, and when he learns the truth about Adam, he is thrown into a life-and-death struggle against the most powerful mathematical mind the world has ever known. But what can one man do against a being that exists everywhere and holds limitless power? How can one man, unable to even get online, find a way to save his wife, and the entire human race, from destruction?
[A] gripping, intricately plotted and philosophically potent science fiction novel in which the most powerfully developed intellect might still be subject to destructive delusions that may very well wind up destroying all humans hold dear.
– Christina Salat for IndieReader
WOW!! I went into this book with low expectations. Even if they’d been high I’d still be blown away! Original concept, ideas and story meets a great writer.
– Anastasia P. for NetGalley
This book had me gripped right from the start and I couldn’t put it down.
– Allison V. for NetGalley
If you enjoy speculative fiction, plenty of action, and are open to a story that will make you look around and think, you’ll love this novel. I look forward to the author’s future works.
– Olga Miret for Rosie’s Book Reviews
It’s a wonderland, and I loved tumbling down the rabbit hole.
– Nico B for SciFiAndScary.com
Killing Adam was a very satisfying read. I loved Earik’s flow and style. Thumbs up for cliffhangers, they just made me want to go on and on. This book is proof that indie authors deserve more of your attention.
This book could be our reality in the very near future. Well written, enough action to keep pages turning but most importantly, main characters you want to know more about. Super interesting concept.
This was a well written book and I enjoyed it. There are some epic reviews already written about it.
It’s a fun, creative read. and FINALLY!!! an ending worth the whole!
Great read an original story with an interesting plausible slant on our future with AI. Well written and entertaining.
I bulldozed through this excellent book and enjoyed all of it. It’s a quick read and very well written. If you are considering reading it, I say go for it!
So much of the sci to found today is repetitive and formulaic. This is wholly original. believable characters you can care about. Original and compelling world building and an I predictable plot.
The writing is well done. AI is a very interesting subject right now with lots of discussion. This gives you one perspective on how it might turn out or progress.
Excellent characters good plot with fast paced action. Recommend to any science fiction fan. You enjoy this book and want more.
Paced very well. Worldbuilding was extremely solid. Firm, believable characters. Very much a page Turner. Loved it.
What a great first book. Well written and very plausible story of the future of AI. Very fun page turner read.
The premise of a general AI enslaving humanity is certainly not new, but this story presents it in an engagingly simple way that captured my attention immediately and sustained it to its fairy tale ending.
A fresh perspective on AI and the world that could be. Both frightening and dark but full of hope as well. A good read!
Read this is one go. Excellent story and execution. If you have a chance to read this, I definitely recommend!
Amazing! What a tour de force! I couldn’t put it down. Best book I read in a while.
This book was a pleasant surprise. I couldn’t put it down and read until I finished the entire book. I truly recommend it.
As science fiction, we expect that the stories we read emphasize future technology that is not yet realized; Concepts that will make our lives better, easier, and more enriched. We already live in a world where people are very rarely “offline”. The way we live, work, and play have changed immensely even in the past decade. We are more connected than ever and have a wealth of information at our fingertips, yet we are left wanting. Do you feel naked when you forget your phone at home? Do you find yourself with friends, yet still checking to make sure you aren’t missing a text, or email, or someone’s social media post? I’m sure, if we are being honest, we all could answer yes to those questions. You could even argue that our constant connection to our smartphones is actually draining our brain power and diminishing our social behavior. Killing Adam pushes that point to the extreme.
In Killing Adam, our MC Jimmy Mahoney is lonely. Oh, sure, he has people all around him, but everyone, including his wife, is plugged in and online. While he has a chip that allows him to do everyday tasks and interact with the world around him, he is unable to experience the cyber world that everyone else finds so addicting. Suddenly the very thing that Jimmy bemoans makes him particularly valuable and he finds himself at the center of a conspiracy and revolution.
Killing Adam is a surprisingly visceral read. You feel for Jimmy as he’s being left behind. Then the plot thickens and Jimmy is thrown into a whirlwind of conspiracy and danger. As he faces each situation, you feel your own anxiety rise. All of the characters are so very well done here and you experience with them as a reader. Even with Adam, you endure his perspective. While the story does start rather slowly, it gives you an opportunity to fully settle in before the action. Once it commences, it doesn’t falter until it comes screeching to a halt.
As a reader who cut her teeth on Aesop’s Fables, I find that books with philosophical dilemmas linger longer than those without. There is certainly an abundance of lessons to be discovered here. Killing Adam might very well be read as a cautionary tale of things to come.
Great fun. Plenty of suspense, action, and a theme that is very plausible, considering where our digital world is trending.
This is a compelling novel. A reality in which we are constantly connected to the Internet through virtual reality doesn’t seem like it’s all that far in the future, and while it’s exciting and full of possibility, there’s an inherent creepiness to it and what it could do to our society as a whole. Beann has written a tale whose setting is frightening in itself. I felt like he depicted the way most people would embrace such technology perfectly. Why would anyone want to live in the real world when they can live their perfect lives virtually?
Beann takes this premise and adds a unique element: conscious singularities. The reality of life in AR is scary enough, but compound that with an all-powerful being who only wants more and more and more power, ‘Killing Adam’ becomes a thrilling journey into a could-be future.
Beann’s writing style is fluid and a joy to read. His characters feel true to life, and the setting is a character unto itself. This was the first book I’d ever read by Beann, but I would absolutely read more in the future.
If you’re a fan of science fiction, pick this book up.
Most know how addictive surfing the internet can be, eating time and sucking attention without the realization it has happened. Today, the interface to the net is a keyboard or a touchscreen on a computer or a smartphone, with visuals on an LCD screen. Killing Adam proposes a world in which the interface to the net is a chip connected to the human brain, and where the visuals are presented in the mind. Unfortunately, the technology is taken over by a supercomputer AI entity, Adam. He controls everyone with a chip implanted through addiction to entertainment and pleasure on the network, which has been advanced to provide feelings as well as visuals.
The concept of a human race that drops out of life to live in a cyber-world of pleasure and entertainment is not new, but the author treats it with engaging characters, realistic dialogue and page turning suspense that keeps the reader guessing until the end. I recommend Killing Adam as an enjoyable read that makes one think about where technology could take us.
Killing Adam is every person’s worst nightmare when it comes to sci-fi. The story is set in a not so distant future where Dr. Randall Cunningham has assisted in developing Altered Reality Chips (ARCs) that allow people to plug into an online fantasy world for 23 hours a day (cue Total Recall meets iRobot). The ARCs are exclusively controlled by Adam, an incredibly advanced AI, which means Adam is monitoring and controlling everyone’s brain and society in general.
Jimmy Mahoney is an anomaly in society since his brain in incapable of accepting an ARC due to a brain injury, which also means that Adam’s influence can’t touch Jimmy.
Stories like these are always intriguing to me because they are not far fetched, which makes it even more chilling. I thought the pace had a good speed and didn’t lose my interest. Overall, I enjoyed this book.
This was a thought provoking read. Like all good novels, Killing Adam has the requisite amount of suspense, twists and tension points. Particularly (in retrospect) was the (new age-y) take on the nature of consciousness and existence as represented by the vagabond character dubbed “crazy beard.”
Beann left the novel of with a perfect set-up for a sequel (if he wants) though a sequel is not necessary.