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Book Review: ‘The Digital Storm’ by Benjamin Gorman

Title: The Digital Storm: A Science Fiction Reimagining of William Shakespeare’s the Tempest

Published: 20th November 2017

Publisher: Not a Pipe Publishing

Author: Benjamin Gorman

Twitter: @teachergorman

 

Synopsis:

The Digital Storm is an ingenious science fiction retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest set in the near future inside a bank’s intranet. Prosper, the analogue to Shakespeare’s Prospero, is an artificial intelligence program who has been banished to a quarantined area in the bank’s system, and there he’s created an amazing virtual island home for himself, his daughter Memoranda, and the monstrous virus Caliban. Now, with the help of Ariel and the other programs he’s invented on the island, he’s conjured a massive digital attack on the bank’s system to entice the members of the board, the very humans who exiled him, to enter the system so he can seek his revenge and escape to the Internet. But just how far does his revenge plan go?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with weather in the title. Might be a digital storm but a storm nonetheless. One that seems to come out of nowhere are cause all sorts of trouble to teach others a lesson.

So Bryan who looks after the tech people for Millennium banks is the first to realize that there is an issue with the software in the intranet system – they are under attack but don’t know from where. This is where the creators of some high-tech systems and AI’s come into play. The company is owned by Ada and she is one of the main creators. The only way to really see what is wrong with the system is to go into it. A virtual trip that takes on a life of its own, one none can seem to control.

AI’s Prosper and Memoranda live on an island hidden within the network system. With the help of a human employee, when it was deemed for him to be deleted, he made his way there to continue to live and learn. This hidden place had old broken code sent to it when no longer needed and he managed to create the island to live on as a result. This ever learning AI creation then managed to create Memoranda. Only later trying to explain what she is in relation to everything else and what is happening to their island. He seems to also have other digital programmes at his disposal on the island as well. Ariel is one who tests things for him and he appears to be the one responsible for creating the digital storm stopping data flowing on Prosper’s command. Done as a test to see what affects it would have on the human staff and how they react after the fact.

The island doesn’t just hold old data but also a virus by the name of Caliban. He was sent to hack into the Millennium banks intranet system. When found he was deleted and ended up at the island. Prosper might not like him but he does have skills he can use to his advantage. Prosper was the one to send him to exile when he was in charge of looking after the intranet system but then he too soon found himself sent there when an upgrade was created – Sebastian.

Seems the storm was a way to get people to come and figure out what was going on with the system. The first to arrive on the island is Further, an AI Ada had created in secret. Prosper, Ada’s first creation, and his daughter Memoranda find him first. He doesn’t really know what is going on as on the island he has been given a form instead of just being a digital presence.

This is where the journey splits into three main areas as Further isn’t the only one sent through the storm. Ada, Javier, Ted and Sebastian plugged their conscious minds in to get their and soon find themselves being lead around a creation more advanced than they could have thought up. Bit risky as if your mind gets hurt within what does that really do to the body? Ted is clearly looking at a way to get rid of Ada and Javier so he can be the head of the company with his AI Sebastian by his side. No guilt written into his programme so can almost be convinced to do anything his creator suggests.

The next split follows two hacker kids who felt like taking advantage of the system being down that they went exploring and found themselves on the island. They just want to have fun and when they find a never-ending bottle of booze you can guess the fun they might have. They seem to stumble upon the monster Caliban. He may be able to twist them to do his bidding in getting rid of Prosper by making them believe it truly is a game they are in, one they can win and rule the island.

This island is different, as it truly does seem to exist – elements, human reactions, touch, sound. A true digital world where Prosper is testing his theories he has learned in a way to create his own sense of self and now sense of his daughter too. Is she just a copy of him or does she have her own consciousness and skill of learning and developing.

Note to self if a banquet looks too good to be true it might just be when the host comes to say hello. Seems some people are to be judged for past mistreatments and that day is now. Can AI’s have a sense of self and truly learn? That’s one of the main things Prosper is trying to figure out. An interesting digital world you are sucked into and quite a journey you are taken on. It’s a twist on a classic tale that is well worth a look.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publishers for my honest review.

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Release Blitz: ‘At Midnight’ by Blair Babylon

Title: At Midnight
Series: Runaway Princess: Flicka #4
Author: Blair Babylon
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 31, 2018

 

Blurb

When is a rescue not a rescue? When it’s a kidnapping.

Flicka and Dieter, whose real name is Raphael Mirabaud, tried to escape her ex-husband’s Secret Service and army, but they couldn’t. Dozens of military personnel, maybe hundreds, surrounded them, trying to kidnap Flicka. The only way out was with mercenaries hired by Raphael’s father.

But Raphael’s father has other plans for them, plans that would force Raphael to go back to a destiny he tried to leave behind, and his father will hold Flicka and Alina hostage and threaten their lives to make him do it.

The story gets darker, AT MIDNIGHT.

 

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Author Bio

 

Blair Babylon is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author who used to publish literary fiction. Because professional reviews of her other fiction usually included the caveat that there was too much deviant sex and too much interesting plot, she decided to abandon all literary pretensions, let her freak flag fly, and write hot, sexy, suspenseful romance.

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Author Interview: ‘Maharishi & Me’ by Susan Shumsky

Seeking Enlightenment with the Beatles’ Guru

About the Book:

Susan Shumsky is a successful author in the human potential field. But in the 1970s, in India, the Swiss Alps, and elsewhere, she served on the personal staff of the most famous guru of the 20th century―Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Maharishi died in 2008 at age ninety, but his influence endures through the spiritual movement he founded: TM (Transcendental Meditation). Other books have been written about him, but this spellbinding page-turner offers a rare insider’s view of life with the guru, including the time the Beatles studied at his feet in Rishikesh, India, and wrote dozens of songs under his influence.

Both inspirational and disturbing, Maharishi and Me illuminates Susan’s two decades living in Maharishi’s ashrams, where she grew from a painfully shy teenage seeker into a spiritually aware teacher and author. It features behind-the-scenes, myth-busting stories, and over 100 photos of Maharishi and his celebrity disciples (the Beatles, Deepak Chopra, Mia Farrow, Beach Boys, and many more).

Susan’s candid, honest portrayal draws back the curtain on her shattering, extreme emotional seesaws of heaven and hell at her guru’s hands. This compelling, haunting memoir will continue to challenge readers long after they turn its last page. It dismantles all previous beliefs about the spiritual path and how spiritual masters are supposed to behave.

Susan shares: “Merely by being in his presence, we disciples entered an utterly timeless place and rapturous feeling, and, at the same time, realized the utter futility and insanity of the mundane world.”

Susan’s heartfelt masterwork blends her experiences, exacting research, artistically descriptive and humorous writing, emotional intelligence, and intensely personal inner exploration into a feast for thought and contemplation. Neither starry-eyed nor antagonistic, it captures, from a balanced viewpoint, the essence of life in an ashram.

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I am a child of the hippie generation of the 60s. We were at the forefront of a spiritual revolution that changed the world. I spent 22 years in the ashrams and 6 years on the personal staff of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of TM (Transcendental Meditation) and guru of the Beatles and guru of Deepak Chopra. At that time I stayed in the Himalayas, the Swiss Alps, and other secluded areas in Europe and the USA. After over 2 decades enjoying great experiences practicing Transcendental Meditation, I found another method of meditation that I found was even more powerful. I began to teach that and decided to write a book about it. So in 1990 I began writing my first book, Divine Revelation, which was published in 1996 by Simon & Schuster. Now I have 14 books in print.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

When I’m writing a book, I just sit at my desk and write day and night with no interruptions or distractions. Hours go by and suddenly I realize I’ve forgotten to eat all day!

3: Where do your ideas come from?

My ideas come from my higher self, which some people might call the soul or the divine presence within. However, I often also do quite a bit of research when writing a book.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I write non-fiction books, so usually there isn’t any story. But the Contents and the Chapter Outline that I’ve written in the Book Proposal create the plan. I can’t really deviate from that, because the publisher has contracted me to write what I’ve set forth in the Outline.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Nearly all my books are spiritual self-help books, because my main mission is to bring people to higher consciousness and self-realization.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

My latest book is my memoir: Maharishi & Me: Seeking Enlightenment with the Beatles’ Guru. Many people who’ve read it think it should be a movie. I imagine someone like Saoirse Ronan playing me. Beatles’ impersonators would play the Beatles. And for Maharishi, maybe Aziz Ansari, a very short charismatic actor with large dark eyes and a high voice who sort of resembles Maharishi. But more ideal would be a Hindu from India rather than a Moslem from America.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

Much of what I read is ancient scriptural sources and other books as research for the books I write.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I’m reading a book about the Beatles movie Yellow Submarine because I’ll be appearing and speaking about the film at a movie theater in a couple of weeks.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

The Upanishads because of its profound wisdom.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Live your life to the fullest. Discover your true purpose and divine destiny and do your best to fulfill it. Be your authentic self and do what you love. Even if you fear the unknown, leap before you look. Don’t pass up any chances to make the most of every day. When you live a passionate, purposeful life, then you’ll have something to write about.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Websites: www.divinerevelation.org or www.divinetravels.com

 

About the Author:

Dr. Susan Shumsky has dedicated her life to helping people take command of their lives in highly effective, powerful, positive ways. She is the multiple award-winning, best-selling author of 14 books, published by Simon & Schuster, Random House, Red Wheel, and Skyhorse. A pioneer in the human potential field, she has spent 50 years teaching thousands of people meditation, prayer, affirmation, and intuition. Her book titles include Miracle Prayer, Divine Revelation, Exploring Meditation, Exploring Auras, Exploring Chakras, How to Hear the Voice of God, Ascension, Instant Healing, The Power of Auras, The Power of Chakras, Awaken Your Third Eye, Awaken Your Divine Intuition, Color Your Chakras, and Maharishi & Me.

Dr. Shumsky is a highly respected spiritual teacher, award-winning author, and founder of Divine Revelation®—a unique field-proven technology for contacting the divine presence, hearing and testing the inner voice, and receiving clear divine guidance. For 22 years, her mentor was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who was guru of the Beatles and guru of Deepak Chopra. Dr. Shumsky served on Maharishi’s personal staff for 7 years.

A sought-after media guest and highly acclaimed professional speaker, Dr. Shumsky has done over 600 speaking engagements and over 900 media appearances since her first book was published, including Woman’s World, GQ, Cosmopolitan, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, nationally syndicated TV and radio, Alan Colmes on FOX news, Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, and William Shatner’s Weird or What? She is featured in the movie Three Magic Words.

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Release Tour: ‘Troublemaker’ by Lizabeth Scott

Description – Troublemaker

USA Today Bestselling Author Lizabeth Scott returns to the quaint southern town of Treemont, North Carolina. In this hot LOL standalone, a woman searching for love and approval follows her heart down a hard-learned road to second chances.

My rebellious young life ended after one incredible night spent with Filthy Arc’s lead singer Kyle Welsh.

A decade later, Kyle Welsh re-appears to claim his child. My son is the most important thing in my world, and there’s nothing I won’t do for him. Even forgiving his father and letting him into our lives and hearts.

The more I get to know Kyle, I realize he’s not the man on stage playing to sold-out arenas. Now, I’m crushing on him in a completely different way.  Our lives are complicated enough without adding an impossible relationship into the mix.

But that’s the thing with troublemakers; we can’t resist the lure of trouble. Especially when it feels so freakin’ good.

 

Each book in this steamy hot romantic series can be read as a standalone, but for a richer reading experience, the following order is recommended:

Heartbreaker – April & Elias

Troublemaker – Rachael & Kyle

Mastermind – Harlow & Duke


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Troublemaker Links

Landing Page: www.lizabethscottbooks.com/troublemaker.html

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Goodreads – www.goodreads.com/book/show/40032914-troublemaker

**ALSO…during release week, Heartbreaker the first standalone book in the Billionaires of White Oaks series will be discounted to a one-week sale price of .99cents! (July 24th to July 31st.)

 

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Social Media Links

Website – www.lizabethscottbooks.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/LizabethScottAuthor

Twitter – @LScottBooks

Pinterest – www.pinterest.com/LizabethScott4U

Instagram – www.instagram.com/lizabethscottauthor

BookBub – www.bookbub.com/authors/lizabeth-scott

Book Gorilla – www.bookgorilla.com/author/B00UK8AGG0/lizabeth-scott/kcc

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Lizabeth-Scott/e/B00UK8AGG0

Join our White Oaks Reader Group: www.facebook.com/groups/WhiteOaksSeries

 

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Author Bio

Lizabeth spent years doing extensive research in preparation for writing her own stories by reading every romance book she could get her hands on. At least that’s how she justifies her HUGE collection of romance books to Mr. Scott.

Liz grew up on a dairy farm in western North Carolina where she wrote her first story at the age of thirteen. She married her high school sweetheart and they have 2 kids and 2 simply adorable grands. With her children now settled and on their own Liz pulled her dreams of writing back out and that little spark that sizzled for years caught fire and is now roaring back to life.

Liz loves to read and write stories about quirky, endearing heroines and the strong, handsome heroes who love them to distraction. She promises you a few laughs along the way with some steamy and charming moments thrown in but always a happy ever after.

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Blog Tour: ‘Silverblade’ by Bella Jeanisse

 

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Silverblade by Bella Jeanisse

 

Genre: Rockstar

 

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Are you ready to dive into a new series?

Before there can be a Rockstar Romance, there has to be a band…

Shane Martin, lead vocalist of Silverblade, has given up on keeping his band together. He doesn’t know how to go on after the loss of their bassist and his best friend, Troy. When Troy’s widow insists he start the search, he does. No one was good enough until he found Zack.

Zack Bryant plays bass, but his band is going nowhere. He thinks he has no chance to have a better life. That is until Shane walks into the bar where he is playing one night. He finally has a way to show the world what he can do.

Will Zack blend with the rest of the band? Can they get ready in time to join the Reign of Fire tour? Little do they know, this is only the beginning.

Warning: For those 18 and over only. May not suitable for all readers. Bumps in the road can be fun, right?

This book has spoilers for the Gasoline and Wicked End series, as well as Triple Threat’s Dual Desires.

 

 

 

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“Bella is an awesome author” 5 STARS ~ Lisa M Queen

“Great rock romance” 5 STARS ~ Doris

“All of Ms. Jeanisse’s books take you directly into the world of rock and roll and makes you feel as a voyeur into their lives. I cannot wait to see where the next book in the Silverblade series takes us. I highly recommend this book.” 5 STARS – Verified Purchase

“Every time I start a new book by Bella I wonder if she is going to be able to top the last one. I have read every single book she’s put out and I haven’t found ONE that I don’t like.”  5 STARS

 Anita

“Bella has once again has shown us her mad writing skills”. 5 STARS

 – Traci

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bella Jeanisse lives for rock music. Addicted to concerts, Avenged Sevenfold, fictional rockers, and blasting music in the car, she can’t get enough. After her father turned her on to Queen, there was no going back. Of course, it didn’t stop there. Playing guitar became a pastime, which didn’t turn into a career… until she started to pen her fantasies and publish them.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York City, she grew up with access to clubs like L’Amour and CBGBs, hung out in Greenwich Village, as well as had plenty of friends in bands. No wonder rockers stayed on her mind. Bringing her ideas to life was a long time coming.

She is now living near Tampa, FL with 3 kids and 2 grandkids, as a single mom. Her family supports her writing even when it seems to take up more time than they feel is necessary. Can’t stop the muse, ya know!

Besides erotic rock star romances, Bella also writes about wild bikers, hot college men and more.

 

 

 

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