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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The Singularity-the looming point of no return when Artificial Intelligence surpasses human cognitive abilities, with consequences no one can foresee, and only a handful of people understand.

Rusty Mullins, ex-Secret Service, has never heard of the Singularity. He only knows that after the deadly challenges of his last job for security firm Prime Protection, he swore he'd s
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Poisoned Pen Press
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Compellingly readable, kinetically paced, and technologically haunting. The Singularity Race is one heck of a rush; a suspense thriller that really made me contemplate the epic repercussions the world would face should artificial intelligence truly evolve in such a manner as depicted in Singularity. Chillingly, as Mark De Castrique made mention on his acknowledgement page and at his presentation I attended in Hendersonville, NC at:

It's not a question of if- but rathe
Marla Josephs
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Mark de Castrique, and I wasn't sure what to expect. Somewhat familiar with the current AI developments, I thought he did a perfect job of eerily mixing fact with fiction. He didn't get too techie, at least not for me, but made it real enough, with real factual information to make it feel real. The use of real companies and even the current Deep Learning AI that is currently being used in cars, tablets, cellphones, etc, make this story feel all too real. Clearly, the author did ...more
Cathy Cole
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark de Castrique's standalone thriller is fast-paced and absorbing, filled with hair-trigger action and cross after double cross. With the rise of computers, information warfare is "where it's at," and the need for a super computer with moral parameters is a must. I grew up on Sci-Fi movies about computers taking over the world and making Orwell's 1984 look like a walk in the park, so I definitely found The Singularity Race to be an interesting read.

Normally I am a character-driven reader, and
Misty Heringer raup
Great read

This book was interesting and an easy fun read. The premise of AI infiltrating and taking over the digital world was realistic and a bit scary. I love the protagonist Rusty and the other characters were developed well and relatable. It was very suspenseful at times and not easy to see how the ending would play out. I highly recommend.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

With Eric Bryan Moore narrating this techno thriller, I knew I was in for an incredible listen. What I didn't expect was how engrossed into this book I would get. From the very start, the character of Rusty Mullins took me into his world to find the killer of his friend, and the possibility of a super smart computer. There are so many well developed sub plots that all intertwine making this an incredible whodunnit. So many times I thought I knew the villain, but Mark de Castrique would introduce
Maggie Holmes
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Artificial Intelligence has been in the news a lot frequently, with dire warnings about how the Chinese look to be outrunning us in the race to come up with AI that can think better than humans. This book uses AI as the "weapon" and our hero, Rusty Mullins , is racing to stop a computer from taking over the US infrastructure and indeed the whole world. The technology isn't the focus so much as the human relationships and basic spy work. As such this book works really well as an adventure fiction ...more
J.C. Ferguson
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not too far into our future, several companies and governments are on the verge of creating the Singularity, the ultimate in Artificial Intelligence (AI). What if they create a machine mind that can surpass human intelligence, can control all of our communications, and has no moral values?

The plot twists and turns, leaving you trying to figure out who are the good guys and bad guys. Are Mullins, Dr. Li, and Peter protected or prisoners? Murder, kidnappings, missing scientists, Mullins’ family th
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that." This story came my way around the time Douglas Rains, the actor whose voice delivered that chilling message from HAL in "2001, A Space Odyssey," died. That phrase comes to my mind when people (including myself) interact with Siri and Alexa. AI is amazing AND terrifying, in some respects. Stay tuned.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 1/2 Stars
This is a topic that interest me very much, it was a great read with lots of twist and turns.
Some great characters that had you invested in them and their future.
Narrative was spot on, very enjoyable to listen.
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
#2 in the Rusty Mullins series. A 2016 techno-thriller featuring ex-Secret Service agent Rusty Mullins, last seen in The 13th Target (2012). Slam bang action chasing the bad guys and protecting a beautiful Chinese neuroscientist and her young nephew. Pages turn fast enough so you don't worry about holes in the plot (or what, exactly, the singularity means). Plot twists upon twists lead to a climax that may be too pat, but the lead characters are likeable and the book is enjoyable.

Rusty Mullins,
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So glad Rusty Mullins is back

A true Artificial Intelligence book, a work of fiction, but one that has a great plot, some wonderful returning characters and a whole slew of new ones. Great pacing, good storyline. A thoughtful thriller that I think many will enjoy!
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A fun read about a retired Secret Service agent who works in private security and must protect a prominent scientist who works on projects related to artificial intelligence. I think the whole AI storyline was interesting (the race they refer to in the title) and I really liked the characters, especially the agent Rusty, the scientist Lisa, and her nephew, but aspects of the story seemed implausible and some of the characters cartoonish, particularly the bad guys; nevertheless, I enjoyed it and ...more
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Mark de Castrique is an author, playwright, public speaker, and television producer living in Charlotte.

Through his company MARK et al., he writes, shoots, and edits projects for a variety of clients.

His work has earned CLIO, TELLY, and EMMY awards.

Mark has scripted stories aired on PBS and commercial network affiliates, as well as created video presentations for major corporations.