At a global tech gala hosted at the British Museum, scientist Tobias Hawke is due to unveil an astonishing breakthrough. His AI system appears to have reached consciousness, making Hawke the leading light in his field.
But when terrorists storm the building, they don’t just leave chaos in their wake. They seize Hawke’s masterwork, sparking a chain reaction of explosive events which could end the world as we know it.
Michael North, ex-assassin and spy-for-hire, must find the killers and recover the AI. But he can’t do it alone. Hawke’s wife, Esme, and teenage hacker, Fangfang, have their own reasons to help complete North’s mission – and together they unravel a dark and deadly conspiracy which stretches right to the top of the British elite.
Can North survive long enough to uncover the whole truth? Or is it already too late for humanity?
Judith O’Reilly is the author of Wife in the North, a top-three Sunday Times bestseller and BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. It was based on Judith’s eponymous blog which was named as one of the top 100 blogs in the world by the Sunday Times, and credited with kicking off the popularity of domestic blogging in the UK. Judith is a former political producer with BBC 2’s Newsnight and ITN’s Channel 4 News, and, when she isn’t writing novels, she writes for the Sunday Times, has acted as a strategic communications adviser for both government and business.
This was a modern day James Bond, filled with the latest in scientific AI progress. Its a very clever, fast paced novel and brings together the hero who has a death wish with some new and complex characters.
I love Fangfang as she’s geeky, brave and clever but she knows exactly what to do and she’s out to do the right thing.
I want to read more about these people as they’re so diverse, but they just care for each other.
Without giving it away I love the way the book twists and people might have got their just deserts and then again, it’s open to more, as there’s enough strands to carry on into more North books.
Absolutely brilliant book. I’d definitely recommend this one.