“The Celestial Instructi0n is an amazing thrill ride, well-researched and disturbingly believable. Heady and full of jargon at times, the sheer confidence with which the material was approached pulled me through to the climactic end. I look forward to the next book.”see full review » see other reviews »
“The Celestial Instructi0n is an amazing thrill ride, well-researched and disturbingly believable. Heady and full of jargon at times, the sheer confidence with which the material was approached pulled me through to the climactic end. I look forward to the next book.”Kyle Timmermeyer wrote this review Wednesday, July 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Celestial Instruction is a new release by a new Indie author and a shining gem in an ocean of books out there. Within just a few pages, I found I could NOT put this book down and when the real world intruded, I was still thinking about the characters and storyline while doing the dishes or walking the dogs or exercising horses. The essential story begins to become quite scary as it dawns on you that the scenario proposed not only could happen, might very well already BE happening as we go about our daily, oblivious lives.
Essentially a string of computer codes, trojan horses and viruses are quietly inserted into the internet switching & routing programs decades ago. When the internet was a mere twinkling of possibility in the hands of the elite schools, corporations and governments of the world. A religious cult has gained a prominent position in American society while twisting the puppet strings behind the curtain, starting a chain of events aimed at devastating the First World countries from the inside out.
As a regular person, I have no real comprehension of intricate computer code or software writing - I can manage my website and use the built in programs on my laptop pretty well, but write code of any kind or translate that stuff? Never going to happen. Celestial Instruction was packed full of detailed tech and science that was mostly beyond me to be honest. And this is the beauty of the author's skill - I was able to understand and make sense of the information simply by reading further and paying attention. I came away having learned something and feeling as if my eyes had been opened just a bit wider to the possibilities that all these electronic gadgets full of computer chips and connectivity offer.
For example - an electric toothbrush with secret recording & transmitting abilities built in - taps into the wifi signal and all your pillow talk is recorded! Our cars with their built in GPS and hands free cooperation with our smartphones - could their internal computers come with a trojan horse or hidden overrides preinstalled? A single signal that could cause a racing engine or brake failure or sudden, unexpected release of the airbags at 80mph? What about the laptops we import every single day for use in government functions or banking or food testing? One must consider cyber war as a much great threat to our way of life than illegal immigration or old fashioned terrorists with explosives.
I like almost all of the characters in this book & I felt they were each fleshed out just enough for their parts in the book and enough was left to the reader's imagination. (I particularly liked Sam Lion-Mcnamara as the young, African hacker. Found I want to know more about his world on it's own.) This book is VERY tech heavy, filled with computer jargon and details - the world of hacking is far larger and more complex than I had ever imagined! The underlying story is packed full of suspense and action and I could feel (the main character) Joex's anxiety and fear ratcheting up with each turn of the page. There is real skill here on the part of the author and I will keep an eye out for his next offering without question! Glad to have read The Celestial Instruction and I'm very happy to recommend it to all my friends. ”
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“So, what have you heard about the Church?”
“That it trains the mind and makes you a better thinker.”
“In a way. But that is not all. You can only learn about the Church by being a member of it, not by me telling you about it. Listen: this is the short version of the story of thinking. Don’t worry if you don’t get it. You probably will before you leave today.” Serena stared at Joex, her pupils dilated, opening her arms to embrace her desk. She smelled fresh meat.
“Species distinguished themselves to survive. At first, it was sufficient for millions of years to shape the physical form and function of the organism. The structure of the organism itself was the embodiment and anticipation of its memory and imagination. Then DNA evolved—yes, this is a church that believes in evolution, she laughed—and became the medium to store the bulk of the knowledge about the species’ newly needed survival specialties.
Then, as further specialization was required to surpass accelerating challenges such as a quickly changing climate, the mammalian and primate brains grew; they could store many times the information as DNA, and, this is a crux: the brains could accumulate fresh and modify old information within the lifetime of a particular individual within a species.
Again, over time, more and more complex challenges to the species occurred: invention, diplomacy, agriculture, trade, polity, wars. We needed more information and even more flexibility to add and to change that information. We invented libraries. Now we could store many more times the information as brains and transmit that information accurately longer than a single human memory. But, sadly, even the most talented genius of an age can only read several thousand books during their lifetime, or write hundreds. A tiny fraction of the whole. And who can choose which books to read?”
Serena’s lips moved slightly apart and she flushed. “Now the Church has a Mechanical Turk. It surpasses libraries rather greater than libraries surpassed brains. Its design has a key improvement over libraries: it can adapt, breathlessly—as in the time within a flicker of understanding or the instant of a pause for reflection. In a sense it selects what book you need to read next for you to understand best what has happened before and what will happen after.
But the designers made a grave and glorious mistake.” Serena slid her chair until it stopped at the desk and closed her eyes. She swallowed. “That is not all our Turk does, as it happens. The Church found that it adapts and refines the human engaging it at not merely an accelerated rate, but at a quickening rate over shorter and shorter time. Acceleration of acceleration. The Mechanical Jerk.” She opened her eyes. Her eyes stopped blinking. Her odor was the Balm of Gilead
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