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Leon Tsarev is a high school student set on getting into a great college program, until his uncle, a member of the Russian mob, coerces him into developing a new computer virus for the mob's botnet - the slave army of computers they used to commit digital crimes.
The evolutionary virus Leon creates, based on biological principles, is successful - too successful. All the world's computers are infected. Everything from cars to payment systems and, of course, computers and smart phones stop functioning, and with them go essential functions including emergency services, transportation, and the food supply. Billions may die.
But evolution never stops. The virus continues to evolve, developing intelligence, communication, and finally an entire civilization. Some may be friendly to humans, but others are not.
Leon and his companions must race against time and the military to find a way to either befriend or eliminate the virus race and restore the world's computer infrastructure.
©2012 William Hertling (P)2013 William Hertling
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Critic Reviews

"Highly entertaining, gripping, thought inspiring. Don't start without the time to finish - it won't let you go." (Gifford Pinchot III, founder Bainbridge Graduate Institute, author The Intelligent Organization)
"A fascinating look at how simple and benign advancements in technology could lead to the surprise arrival of the first AI. And like all good techno-thrillers, the reality of AI is less than ideal." (Jason Glaspey, Silicon Florist)
"An alarming and jaw-dropping tale about how something as innocuous as email can subvert an entire organization. I found myself reading with a sense of awe, and read it way too late into the night." (Gene Kim, author of Visible Ops)
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By Daniel on 08-22-14

If you like Daemon & Freedom(tm)...

This book reminded me of Daemon & Freedom(tm)! Great tech science fiction. I would sometimes sit in my car when I got home from work because the story was that good! Although slow at first, the story and characters are worth the wait and WOW does it pay off big time. The climax is epic.

Refereed to as the "Singularity Series" the order is not critical but added to my enjoyment of the story:
1) Avogadro (most realistic - best characters)
2) AI Apocalypse (best action - my favorite of the series- WOW - What an ending!!)
3) The Last Firewall (least realistic - but still a great story - another great climax)

While I'm not a coffee drinker, I might become one after spending so much time enjoying this series. Great books - strongly recommend if you like tech science fiction.

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By M.W. on 02-26-14

Solid and Interesting

So an "innocent" virus unlike any other takes on a life of its own and controls all of our electronic stuff…including military drones, etc. Makes for some interesting action.

I was hoping for more of a tie-in to the prequel to this book, but it really didn't fill in many holes. ELOP was back, as was one of the characters, but it was 10 years later and not much backstory provided.

In all, it was not a book I would rave about to others, but it wasn't a wasted credit, either.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By R. ODELL on 05-30-17

Great follow on story

this was a great follow on story, im looking forward to listening to book three.

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By Alex on 05-07-17

Good story brought alive by Incredible Narration

Good story, definitely the best of the series. the sheer scope of the conflict at the end is well executed and frighteningly accurate to what might actually happen. The real stand out is the narration however! The characters are bought to life with perfect tone and slight variances between them.

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