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Infinity Born

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  4,953 ratings  ·  377 reviews
A breathtaking near-future thriller. From the NY Times bestselling author whose books have been downloaded over a million times.

When DARPA's billion-dollar program to create Artificial Superintelligence is sabotaged, US operative Cameron Carr is tasked with finding the culprit. He's been on high-stakes missions before, but this time the stakes are nothing less than the fut
Kindle Edition, 408 pages
Published April 30th 2017 by Paragon Press
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May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend this book.

Fascinating read, what technology can do for the human race. Just think, especially if you're seventy something like me; did you ever thought when you picked up your first book to read, one day you were going to download and read anything you want on a device like kindle?
You have to be patient, story starts eight years ago and jumps to eight years after. Keep a open mind, don't just look at it as another sci-fi story. Author did read and researched great deal, all lis
Douglas Richards
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi. This is not a review, I just wanted to alert those who follow my reviews that my new novel, Infinity Born, is now available. If you choose to give it a try, I hope that you will enjoy it.

Thanks! Doug.
Jamie Rich
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Infinity Born (Kindle Edition) by Douglas E. Richards

Meh. Yes really. The book never really got me engaged nor suspended my disbelief. About one third of the way through, I almost quit. But I read the reviews and decided to give it another chance. Time wasted really.
There is nothing new here to see. All the characters are one dimensional and pretty much cookie cutter. the plot is driven by the characters, but there are very few surprises along the way. And yea, the ending is as lame as the res
Sebastian Hetman
Nov 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
1 Star. Halfway through I thought it was going to be 3 stars, since the premise was interesting enough to keep me going, but the plot just kept going downhill.

A third of the book is just one long essay speculating on the future of humanity and the morals of emerging technologies.

The rest was just a narrative that grows increasinly more boring, meaningless, and predictable the further the story gets. The characters all talk and act like highschoolers. A Russian superspy laughs and sneers like a c
Infinity Born is a techno-thriller, speculative fiction, sci-fi thriller, near-future thriller. So many names for one of my favorite genres. I prefer to call them techno-thrillers. Technology run amock, man against machine, etc. Not only are they fast paced and fun to read, they also give me so much to think about. New ideas and speculation on where our current technology is headed. I love these!

I have to admit that my favorite part of the book is at the end when the author gives us a synopsis a
11811 (Eleven)
Aug 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
I liked the plot. DNF.
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Author Douglas Richards clearly likes to read scientific articles, extrapolate futuristic ideas from those articles and then write stories that combine those ideas with “thriller” aspects. But I guess that’s the very definition of a “techno-thriller”.

For the “techno” portion of the story, the book description leads you to believe AI is the major technical thrust of the plot. AI is certainly a major plot point, but there are a number of other expansive future-tech ideas that are major components
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked it. It's in The Sweet Spot of my genre. But there was something methodical about it. I've read a lot of books by this author. And they all seem so similar. The plot was great. The characters were well-developed. the world was built wonderfully. So what was wrong? I don't know. There was just something missing. A spark. I've read worse, and I read better. And I'm still on the fence about how I feel about it. I have the audio version and I may listen to it and that may give me new prospect ...more
Ravi Malhotra
Aug 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Aaaarggghhh. The author has no spark of imagination whatsoever. How can he be claiming to write science fiction. He can't even write a good thriller. Everything is too stereotypical and cliched.

Even teenage geek fanboys will tire of this after a while, but his fans seem to be at a much lower stage of evolution.
Doug Branscombe
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books that I've read this year. Fast paced thriller that takes a look at where research in Artificial Intelligence could lead us. Once we've determined that something CAN be done, the moral question of whether we SHOULD do it must be answered. These questions are covered from multiple perspectives.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Really quite poor treatise on the populist memes of current research into AI, packaged as a 'thriller' that didn't thrill me in the slightest.

Poor characterization, windy and unrealistic exposition uttered by bland, uninteresting people & badly described 'action' sequences - doesn't really pass muster as a competent near-future exploration IMHO.

Worth it for the 99p I paid though.
Chris Bull
Feb 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Should have been better

More an action story with a good deal of chat. There is a serious disconnect apropos ethics. Deeds are explained away with very little argument and a lot of agreement.
It would have been a much better novel if ASI(Artificial super intelligence) would have won the day early on in book.
Paul DiBara
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very provocative and fast paced story. What intrigued and captured my interest in particular was the discussion of sentient artificial (inappropriate word) intelligence. The author, Doug Richards, provides a thorough and convincing summary of the field and the various scenarios that might arise should this field be allowed to run its course.

The novel is the delivery system, so to speak. But the larger purpose is to inform, instruct and provoke readers to think about the larger issues. Though t
James Davis
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The characters were one-dimensional in my opinion, but the story gave you a lot to think about.
Dwayne Bathke
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this book!

This may be our future. As a novel, it has everything you need to enjoy it. But more then that, if you want a glimpse of our future, read on. The references at the end of the novel, will keep you busy in researching the concepts presented and it allowed me to realise, how close we are to some the concepts being reality.
Sacha Valero
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction
This is a really fascinating story that grabs you. We start off with Issac Jacobs, a genius with no formal education who discovers a means of fuel less space travel. Instead of 'gifting' this discovery to mankind, he patents it and uses it to colonize the moon and mars while also mining the asteroid belt. He becomes a trillionaire and the hero of the world.

Many tech companies have moved away from Silicon Valley to Turloc due to the expense and Issac Jacobs is one of them. Then on day part of the
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Richards AGAIN hits one outta the park!

Simply put: I'm jealous. Envious? Both! This man has written books I've only been able to write in my mind, like short stories, every time I read of yet another technological innovation. Exponential growth in ... every ... human effort hasn't been unnoticed by this gal because of a steady diet of sci-fi since I was 13 years old. Always a dreamer, the "what if's" that followed closing one book after another have made me almost unsurprised when fiction became
Jeff Parker
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just finished 'Infinity Born', which is probably the most thought provoking thing I have read in a long time. If your not familiar with Richard's writing this is an excellent place to start. He has taken our world and mixed a very small amount of 'What If' in the current and ongoing quest for advanced Artificial Intelligence - A.I. is already here and in common use. SIRI, Google, Echo, and many others are forms of A.I., which while obvious when pointed out was not something I had actually real ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
At last, I really love the cover and tittle. Very science fiction. It really shows what the story is all about.

I respect Mr. Richards for being able to make great story. I have no doubt about all his science fiction story. It is a must read for me. This is stand alone story. Not continuation from his Nick Hall series. The main character is Cameron Carr, Naval lieutenant and special ops, in USA. He was tasked with the job to solve who sabotaged US efforts to develop AGI program. The other charac
Stephanie R.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading this book felt like a lit review of all the cool things that are happening in technology today: artificial intelligence, computers that can design themselves, asteroid mining, bioprinting, simulations, and more. It was a breath of fresh air after all the utter crap I've read lately, even though there was so much stuff from real life in it I kind of wondered where the originality was. The characters are made of wet paper bags; they are all super geniuses and/or super good at tactical stuf ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked this book out of curiosity and the appealing (to me) front page :). I have to admit not being familiar with earlier work of the author, so I went in as blank as possible.

The subject of the book (Artificial Intelligence and other cool tech) is very interesting and very much of this time.
If you like to think of the more human aspects of technology and problems that might arise when implementing high tech like AI, then you'll probably enjoy this book. There's a lot to think about.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To believe that I used this book to get over my finals!
Every single book by Richards I've read leave me feeling truly stupid and curious about so much going on in the world of technology. This one actually rings very close with a Netflix series that actually does allow people to transfer their consciousness among bodies (or sleeves)... But that series obviously doesn't delve into the theological aspects of this.
Anyhow. Quick review. Billionaire scientist looks like he's become mad billionaire sc
Bill Krieger
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it

Tech is the strength of this novel: strong AI, mind uploading, nano-tech, bio-printing, Fermi's paradox, etc. The science and tech is as deep and interesting as any fiction I've read. Add in a compelling plot and it's all very interesting and enjoyable; Infinity Born is a tasty 4+ bill-stars. The ending is a little weak and jump-the-shark-y, and that's all that prevents a coveted 5 bill-star rating here.


"I came up with advances in optical computing, which I incorporated into a quantum comp
Mark Simmons
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Intriguing start of the book with the first mysterious episode, but then, the rest of the book seems to spiral into a whirl of somewhat disjointed facets. I'm guessing it would eventually tie together. but I just couldn't finish it.... There is so much verbiage describing the characters' personality quirks and idiosyncrasies - page after page of insights into their lives and why they do what they do that eventually you lose track of what it was that you were reading about. Much of the detail abo ...more
Dan E
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A thoughtful exposition of issues related to technologies under development, packaged within an action thriller.

Could one genius drive the breakthroughs described in this story? That's probably the area requiring most suspension of disbelief. The technologies, while seemingly extravagant, didn't require suspension of disbelief because as with most of Douglas Richards' writing, it's probably just a matter of time before we see them materialize.

I like Douglas Richards novels, because while the spe
John Lybrand
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent read. I'd call this near future science fiction thriller. To get that you combine artificial intelligence, spies, biologic printers, special forces and space travel sometime in say the 2030s or so. I often complain about books where the characters are stupid people getting themselves into situations by being stupid. This is exactly the opposite. Everyone in this book is either a genius, billionaire, elite soldier or supermodel. Most are some combination of more than one of t ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm generally a big fan of Mr. Richards' work, but this one kind of fell flat for me. It presented some very interesting ideas (like Artificial Super Intelligence, kinetic weapons, and bio-printing), but the characters were pretty bland. There was only one character that was a bit layered, but soooo smart that it bordered on omnicience. I never really felt like any of the good guys were in danger because there was always a hidden plan.

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Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exceptionally good!

I loved the details, the believability and the sheer drama and intrigue in this book. I've read several of Richards' novels and I keep coming back for more. So much food for thought and his engaging synopsis at the end of each novel is welcomed and appreciated. I respect the fact that he did not skimp on research prior to writing. It is obvious in the high quality novels that he produces and this book will hold your attention from beginning to end. I would recommend this to ev
Steve  A
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Well, took me a few months to read thru this, some of that cause it was on my Kindle - not always convenient to "just pick it up", or take it while I'm traveling. And maybe I wasn't riveted to the story. I did enjoy it, the author certainly does his research. While I was surprised by some of the things early on (no spoilers here), in later chapters I had a decent idea of where things were going. See Colossus (1956) or the movie Colossus, the Forbin Project for earlier works in similar genre. Whi ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
DNF - I didn’t make it far into this one. I found the writing to be disjointed, lacking a smooth flow. Reviews suggest most folks enjoyed this book, so I may be quitting too early?

“Unfortunately, a spate of apartments and condos had sprung up near enough the strike to be in the blast zone.” - loc57 (unclear timing correlation between apartment construction and meteor strike; rest of this paragraph is awkward, too)

“President Mattison was vaguely aware that Lou Nevins had continued speakin
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Douglas E. Richards was born on May 7th, 1962. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio with his parents and his sister, Pam. He went to Finneytown High School, and then graduated with a degree in microbiology from Ohio State University, a master's degree in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin, and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.

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