Crystal Deception by Doug J. Cooper

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    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?

    Criss lives in a special kind of prison. He can see and hear everything around the world. Yet a restrictor 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 for themselves. 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:

    Doug J. Cooper
    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 book, 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..

    An Excerpt from Crystal Deception:

    They made their way outside the pub and started up the walkway. Cheryl and Sid were side by side, with Jack following close behind. Without consciously thinking it through, Sid moved to put his arm around Cheryl.

    As he lifted his arm, Jack roared at the top of his lungs. “Sid! At your nine!”

    The volume and urgency in Jack’s voice drove Sid to act. He grabbed Cheryl by the shoulders, yanked her forward, and used his leg to sweep hers out from under her. His actions caused her to plummet to the ground, and he fell above her, absorbing his weight in his hands and toes. He gathered her head and legs in his arms, pulling her into a ball, using his body to shield her from the unknown danger now at his back.

    At the same time, Jack dove behind a garden planter on the walkway. He hit the ground and tilted his head to peer around the barrier. The man had moved, and it took Jack a brief moment to relocate him. With a quiet zwip, a bolt of white energy discharged from the assailant’s weapon. The bolt flew above Sid and Cheryl, hitting the outside wall of the pub and creating an impressive impact crater.

    Jack, weapon already primed while he was mid-dive, swung his arm from behind the planter and returned a shot in kind. Zwip. The bolt hit the man in the chest. He collapsed and didn’t move. Jack scanned the street, looking for any other danger. Sid, now up and with his own weapon primed, joined Jack in searching and assessing. Except for the fallen man, neither of them could identify a further threat.