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Civil Terror by J. Luke Bennecke
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it was amazing

It isn’t far-fetched that, not too long into the future, self driving cars are no longer just being tested, but are actually used as an efficient way to reduce traffic congestion and solve highway gridlock problems.

Civil Engineer J. Luke Bennecke’s Civil Terror: Gridlockthrills with an oh-so potentially true page turner about what might happen if we don’t account for the risks inherent in handing over such an important function to computers… which can fail or be maliciously hacked.

The fast paced story centers around Civil Engineer Jake Bendel, who has relished success as a member of a team of six who designed and implemented a national self-driving network. But a terrorist cell compromises the system, wreaking havoc and a rapidly rising death toll. What’s more, the media makes Jake out to be the scapegoat, threatening his chances of finding the true culprits — who are now bent on killing him and everyone in his life.

The first in a four book series, Civil Terror: Gridlock is a cautionary tale at the intersection of advances in the self-driving automobile industry and our nation’s very real fear of extreme religious terrorism. It is excellent at interspersing action with sequences of strategy. Only the sporadic “higher consciousness” theology insertions seemed unnecessary (and a bit preachy).

It may be fictional, but Civil Terror: Gridlock is a very plausible and timely scenario that offers readers both adventure and anxiety. Written so realistically by an actual Civil Engineer, and with just enough distrust of the powers that be: FBI, police, press… readers will find themselves eagerly awaiting the inevitable sequel.

*The reviewer received an advance copy of this book for the purposes of this review.
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Reading Progress

June 2, 2018 – Started Reading
June 2, 2018 – Shelved
June 2, 2018 – Finished Reading

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