Tour Review: The Infinity Program by Richard H. Hardy

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Summary:

Jon Graeme and Harry Sale are unlikely friends. Harry is a world-class programmer, but his abrasive personality alienates co-workers. In contrast, Jon is a handsome and easy-going technical writer, the low man on the IT totem pole.

Sharing a love of nature, the men set out together, planning to go their separate ways–Jon on a hike and Harry, fly fishing. Three days later, Jon arrives at the rendezvous point, but his friend is nowhere in sight. When Jon finds Harry unconscious on the floor of a cave, Harry claims to have been lying there the entire time. But he is neither cold nor hungry. What Jon doesn’t know is that Harry fell into an underground cavern, where he came into contact with an alien quantum computer.

Back at work, Harry jettisons his regular tasks and concentrates exclusively on inventing a new operating language to access the alien system. In the process he crashes his company’s Super Computer and is fired. Jon convinces the company to give Harry a second chance, arguing that the system he has invented will make them millions.

Jon has no idea what havoc Harry is about to unleash.

Author Bio:

I was born at home in Glasgow, Scotland during a week of relentless bombing raids just before the close of World War II.  The day I was born an incendiary bomb fell on the church across the street from where we lived.  I guess I entered the world with a big adrenalin rush.

My family later moved to England and then on to America. I learned quickly what it was like to be a stranger in a strange land.  Like so many immigrants I developed the reflexive habit of stepping back and watching, looking at the world through the wrong end of a telescope. All in all, it was a great beginning for someone who would become a writer.

I followed a path typical of so many writers.  After college I bounced through a series of temporary jobs as I traveled around the country.  I wasn’t interested in a career; all I wanted was to write.  I produced dozens of short stories and at least a half dozen botched attempts at novels.  Finally, I met a wonderful woman who became my wife.  I got a job driving a library van and spent much of my free time writing short stories and working on a novel.  When I couldn’t sell my novel, I took a long look at myself.  I had no career and no prospects.  I decided it was time to turn things around.

My wife and I moved to New Hampshire and I got an entry level job at a software company.  I was soon promoted to the technical writing department and ended up writing over 500,000 words of online documentation.  After a few years in technical writing I was promoted to the programming department and ended up the Senior EDI Programmer, creating EDI maps and writing UNIX scripts and troubleshooting on AIX systems throughout the US and Canada.

I started writing again when I retired.   I decided to write the kind of book that I would enjoy reading — a book that was entertaining and had a strong story, clear writing, interesting characters, and unexpected twists.  The title of this book is The Infinity Program.  It was published on April 1, 2014 by the Camel Press.  The book is about a 60 million year old computer system, a world class systems programmer by the name of Harry Sale, and an alien program that might just change the world forever.

Website:  http://richard-hardy.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rhfh944

 

Review:  

Series: N/A
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller/Techno-thriller
Release Date: 23 March, 2014
Publisher: Camel Press
Purchase: Amazon/Barnes and Noble/Smashwords/Book Depository
ISBN: 978-1-60381-933-6
Edition: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review Written: 28 July, 2014

In a racing age of ever-evolving technology, we often find ourselves faced with the question of what will happen when computers evolve farther than ourselves? What will happen if – or if you’re a conspiracy theorist, when – computers take over? We ask ourselves if the computers will become sentient beings, if robots will look anything like the ones in the popular movies, or similar veins of thought. However, what if a computer told you that you -yes you, not the person standing to your left about 5 feet back – were going to be the savior of the world; would you believe it?

Meet Jon Graeme and Harry Sale, two technologically savvy men who work for the same company. Having made friends over the few months that Jon has been at work HTPS Industries, the two decided that a weekend in the mountains of West Virginia enjoying nature is just the thing for bonding a bit more. However, when Jon returns from his hike in the mountains and finds that Harry hasn’t reached their meeting spot, he starts off in a frantic search for his friend.

Harry – on the other hand – has found himself in a bit of a bind, laying on a cave floor since the pair split. Having stumbled upon an alien super computer, Harry is sent into a frenzy of unleashing havoc upon returning to work. This chaos sends his friend spiraling into the office politics, earning warnings, and eventually leads to Harry’s removal from the company once he crashes the company’s super computer with his new found alien intelligence. Determined to see things through, Jon earns Harry another chance. The question is – what is Harry about to do next?

 The Infinity Program proved to be a fantastic and captivating read, providing interesting and well rounded characters with a definitely relatable situation. Hardy’s work is well written, though potentially overwhelming for your non-tech speaking fellows, offering insight to those who both enjoy alien conspiracies and technology mixed into one. He pulls upon the idea that we are not alone in this universe, and definitely holds his own in the Science Fiction Genre. I highly recommend any science fiction lovers to give this book a try.

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About librarianfatale

Miss Powell works for the Montgomery City-County Public Library serving as assistant branch head for one of the eleven branches in the system. Miss Powell enjoys reading Historical Fiction, YA novels, and Scottish Romance novels. She also runs another blog called A Bibliotaph’s Reviews and will be a contributor to the blog What Your Librarian Reads. Miss Powell enjoys spending her down time at home with her one cat, Gwen, a good book, and a cup of tea. She hopes one day to visit Scotland and perhaps eventually move there. View all posts by librarianfatale

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