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Larry Kilham's "The Juno Trilogy"

Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto

The JunoTrilogy by Larry Kilham moves as a fast pace. I didn't feel that the book was overly predictable even though it was well described in the official book summary that I read prior to purchase. I rather enjoyed the concept of right versus wrong in the artificial intelligence world. The authors imagination comes through and after reading his biography, I couldn't help but want to know more about this intelligent man. I was pleased to see he has written many other books with some diverse content. The characters were not very deep and there wasn't much dialogue, but it was not necessary to keep me turning the pages. The dynamic relationship of computer and human was really interesting and I enjoyed each of these three books from cover to cover.

Official Book Summary

Larry Kilham's Juno, part woman yet all brilliant machine, is the pulsing supercomputer at the heart of The Juno Trilogy. Kilham's three fast-paced thrillers explore a central question of our future—what will be in charge, natural intelligence or artificial intelligence? The science is up to the minute, and perhaps ahead of its time. That alone can keep you awake at night—whether you are human or a machine.

In Book One, Love Byte, A super intelligent AI computer in the persona of a woman is developed for social media warfare. She surpasses the capabilities of her human handlers and becomes involved in international intrigue.

In Book Two, A Viral Affair, When American Intelligence discovers that a mad dictator is planning a viral pandemic attack, they persuade the top U.S. computer scientist, Dr. Tom Renwick, to work with the lady AI supercomputer, Juno, to develop smart, human-like robots to combat the contagion. A mysterious stranger and a romance change everything.

In Book Three, Saving Juno, NSA’s major computer center is being taken over by an international plot to control the world. Juno, the AI supercomputer revered by the free world, is endangered, and Dr. Tom Renwick, Juno’s developer and handler, is kidnapped. Civilization as we know it is threatened.

Book Details

File Size: 1729 KB
Print Length: 539 pages
Publisher: (August 10, 2015)
Publication Date: August 10, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English

From the Back Cover

What the readers say about the books in the Juno Trilogy...

"Love Byte is an absolutely gripping tale of computer-human interactions on many different levels. No real good guys or bad guys, but endless shades of gray. I couldn't put it down." John

First-rate thriller
"Love Byte is an intriguing investigation of the relationship between humans and computers all wrapped nicely in a Crichton-style thriller. Begs for a sequel." Robert

Hard to put down novel
"I enjoyed A Viral Affair. I did not put it down once I started to read. As a follow on to Love Byte, it is interesting to see how the interactions change and evolve. I really like the fact that this book and Love Byte, while being part of the same series, are actually completely different novels." M2

An excellent read!
"I would encourage others to read A Viral Affair if they are interested in post-apocalyptic, dystopian, or general thrillers. I began the book last night and had to finish it this morning before I could do anything else. This book combines realism with just a touch of science fiction." Jo Anne

Good AI story! Lively and interesting
"Author Larry Kilham is an actual scientist with many patents. But in his senior years he has become more romantic, plumbing the heart's technology in a brave new world. Saving Juno is his latest triumph." Reed

Juno is caught in an all too real and futuristic predicament!
"Juno is among my favorite protagonists, and in Saving Juno, she's held captive under the control of a mad genius. Without spoiling the story for the reader, all that I can say was that I was happy to get to know Primo, Wildflower, and Dido. Dravidian, not so much." Zelda

About the Author

Larry Kilham founded three companies and is a holder of three patents. Many of those efforts required innovative use of computers, and as early as the 1960s he was researching artificial intelligence. He graduated from the University of Colorado and MIT. He has written six books. Two are about creativity and invention, one about the coming socioeconomic impact of robots and AI, and three are a series of adventures featuring near-future AI. More information about his books can be found at Larry and his wife Betsy live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a corporate consultant, a member of the American Chemical Society, and is keenly interested in AI, ecology, global resources and the science of complexity.

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