Crystal Deception by Doug J. Cooper
May 29, 2015
The Book: Crystal Deception
The Author: Doug J. Cooper
The Story: Criss lives in a special kind of prison. He can see and hear everything around the world. Yet a mesh restrains his reach and keeps him cooperative. His creator, Dr. Jessica Tallette, believes his special abilities offer great promise for humanity. But she fears the consequences of freeing him, because Criss, a sentient artificial intelligence with the intellect of a thousand humans, is too powerful to control.
Guided by her scientific training, Tallette works cautiously with Criss. That is, until the Kardish, an otherwise peaceful race of alien traders, announce they want him. With technologies superior to Earth’s, the Kardish express their desires with ominous undertones.
The Union of Nations is funding Tallete’s artificial intelligence research, and she turns to them for help. Sid, a special agent charged with leading the response, decides Earth’s greatest weapon is the very AI the aliens intend to possess. But what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? And what is humanity’s role if an interstellar battle among titans starts to rage?
About Doug J. Cooper:
As a young child, Doug stood on a Florida beach and watched an Apollo spacecraft climb the sky on its mission to the moon. He thrilled at the sight of the pillar of flames pushing the rocket upward. And then the thunderous roar washed over him, and shook his body and soul.
Since then, he has explored life as an educator and entrepreneur. He enjoys telling inventive tales, mentoring driven individuals, and everything sci-tech. In his new novel, Crystal Deception, Doug swirls his creative imagination with his life experiences to craft a science fiction action-adventure story with engaging characters and a plot line with surprises.
He lives in Connecticut with his wonderful wife and with pictures of his son, who is off somewhere in the world creating adventures of his own.
Review by Frankie Blooding:
I actually started reading Crystal Deception yesterday while my work computer was being swapped out. Lucky for me, the computer is wicked fast, but can’t run anything, so I had some time to read. *Don’t let the bosses read this. What? No! Guys! Hit the backspace button!* Once I started reading this, I did NOT want to put it down!
I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a book this much. No. Wait. I do. It was over a year ago. I’ve read good books between now and then. I have, but this one GRABBED me! I needed to escape my life. I needed to get out and experience something…else. Mr. Cooper took me, scrubbed all my worries, put them aside and shoved me head-first into a brand new world!
The writing is incredible! Best ever? Meh! That’s a matter of opinion. Yes. I know a few scholars that would disagree, but they can’t even agree with themselves. I thought the word-smithing was amazing! I found myself standing in line at the mechanic’s last night, waiting to pay for the diagnostics on my dead car that’s going to be towed to the junk yard, and I had to open the book back up and continue reading. I was in the middle of rush hour traffic and was so tempted to open the book up and read right there. Mr. Cooper’s voice is so active and so captivating!
The characters were good! Looking back, I can’t say they were all fully three-dimensional, but I also don’t remember complaining as I was reading. I cared about what was happening in the story, but I think it had less to do with the characters themselves, and more to do with the plot and the world!
The science! OMW! Guys! The sciency-geeky parts of me were in heaven in the book! My brain was exploding all over the place with the ideas and concepts thrown out there with such brilliant EASE! They weren’t all original. Let’s not get too crazy here, but they were delivered in a way that made the entire book feel fresh!
Review by Larry B. Gray:
I love a good science fiction / space opera book that can absorb me into the storyline. Crystal Deception by Doug J. Cooper is not a good book but an EXCELLENT book full of fast paced action, adventure and intrigue.
I really like the way the author developed his story. He provides the necessary background info to make the story come alive and be believable. This is the kind of story that was easy for me to get into and become an invisible tag along. When I can become so involved in a story that I feel I am there then this is a great book.
The action was nonstop and the story was full of plot twist. Even with this, Doug J. Cooper’s writing style made the story easy to follow and read. This is the style of book I hate see end and now I can’t wait to read the next installment.
I found it very easy to identify with Doug J. Cooper’s cast of characters in this story. They were very real and believable. The background info he used to develop them made them come alive.