Big Data by Lucas Carlson

Big Data by Lucas Carlson

We keep worrying about AI taking over…

5 out of 5 stars

Luna Valencia has created a platform that allows almost anyone in the world to have access to a supercomputer.  This allows for great strides in almost everything that uses technology.  It’s everywhere, helping to make the world a better place… for now.  On the day of their IPO, someone comes into the NYSE with a bomb strapped to their chest hoping to talk to Luna, to tell her about something she had no idea about.  What follows is a technothriller where Luna and everyone around her is in danger at every turn from an invisible antagonist.

The narration by Robyn A Roth was well done.  She gave the main character a great voice, and the others in the book were secondary characters.  There’s nothing wrong with that at all as the story revolves around on person.  The audio quality left me a little upset.  Listening to this in the car wasn’t too bad, but if you listen to it on headphones there is a faint fuzzy background noise throughout the entire book.  There were a few times that it went away, but only for a few words.  I’m not sure if the narrator or the producer/production company is to blame for this, but if it’s possible to clean it up, it might be worth the effort.

Lucas Carlson knows how to write.  Big Data kept me interested from beginning to end, grabbing my attention and never letting it go.  It’s one of those books that the first chapter has you looking down the rabbit hole and the last chapter has you realizing that you’ve been reading the book all day.  Honestly, it reminded me of a mix between Joseph Finder and Michael Crichton.

Big Data is extremely rooted in plausibility.  It’s just one of those stories that you read and think, well, let’s hope that we’re not shortsighted and ignore all of the warning signs.

I genuinely started this book and had a hard time putting it down.  If you are familiar with other Carlson’s other Startup Thriller “The Term Sheet”, you won’t be disappointed.  And if you’re new to his storytelling — this is a great story to jump into.  Non-stop action interweaving technology and the real world.

Book Description

Big Data by Lucas CarlsonIf you think artificial intelligence is dangerous, then you don’t know the real threat to humanity’s future….

Luna Valencia is the founder of the hottest artificial intelligence startup in history. She’s about to become incredibly rich and powerful. But just when she’s about to take her company public, her world begins to fall apart.

On the day of her startup’s IPO, a stock exchange shooter plummets Luna into a downward spiral toward a threat more menacing than she ever imagined possible. Faced with losing her company, her entire world, Luna searches for answers to a series of terrifying accusations. Failing to uncover the truth could destroy her company…but success would get her killed.

Big Data is a fresh approach to the artificial intelligence sci-fi thriller. If you like fast-paced action, heart-stopping tension, and tech-filled worlds set in the near future, then you’ll love Lucas Carlson’s latest novel. Discover the AI twist today!


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