Author: Kyle Mills
This was a great book, I am sure it has been reviewed many times but I would like to share my thoughts on it.
Robert Ludlum died a number of years ago so a group of authors have published under his name with their own names in smaller letters. They all write the same type of book that Ludlum wrote, the same exciting unbelievable adventures as the Bourne series.
This particular series is called the Covert One novels. The main character is Colonel Jon Smith MD who works for the military? as an immunologist, which is only a cover for his under cover work as an operative for an agency only the President knows about. This agency was formed to have deep cover agents in all countries including our own to uncover espionage of every sort.
This particular book, "The Utopia Experiment" starts in Russia before the fall of the Soviet Union as a background story and goes then to the modern day. The story is right out of the headlines of tomorrow, instead of using our phones, steel posts are put into the users skull that allows the user to see icons in front of his face and with a quick movement of his head can access any media he wants. For those of us not able to accept having holes drilled into our heads there are also headsets that will do the same thing. The software allows the user to see what the main frame knows about any given person (privacy rights are only briefly discussed) if they are a good person, in the softwares research the halo around the person will glow bright green if they are not it will go to a lighter green to a red for the really "bad" guy.
Driesner, the head of the company has offered exclusive rights to the United States Armed forces to warfare software, giving soldiers the ability to see combatants lit up even though they would normally not be able to see them, behind trees, in buildings. Dr Jon Smith is sent to examine this technology and see if it is worth the billion dollar price tag.
The technology is just what the creator said it would be and Dr Jon Smith loves everything it can do. The only problem is "when something looks to good to be true" maybe it needs to be checked out a little further, enter Randi--with no trust of technology what so ever.....
Great story, exciting clear to the end! I give this book four out of five stars only because near the end you have to wonder how the two heroes could possibly survive another "deadly attack" and live to tell the tale.
Thanks Eileen for this review.
Synopsis: With U.S. intelligence agencies wracked by internal power struggles and paralyzed by bureaucracy, the president has been forced to establish his own clandestine group--Covert-One. It's activated only as a last resort, when the threat is on a global scale and time is running out.
THE UTOPIA EXPERIMENT
When Dresner Industries unveils the Merge, a device that is destined to revolutionize the world and make the personal computer and smartphone obsolete, Covert-One operative Colonel Jon Smith is assigned to assess its military potential. He discovers that enhanced vision, real-time battlefield displays, unbreakable security, and near-perfect marksmanship are only the beginning of a technology that will change the face of warfare forever--and one that must be kept out of the hands of America's enemies at all costs.
Meanwhile, in the mountains of Afghanistan, CIA operative Randi Russell encounters an entire village of murdered Afghans--all equipped with enhanced Merge technology that even the Agency didn't know existed. As Smith and Russell delve into the circumstances surrounding the Afghans' deaths, they're quickly blocked by someone who seems to have access to the highest levels of the military--a person that even the president knows nothing about.
Is the Merge really as secure as its creator claims? And what secrets about its development is the Pentagon so desperate to hide? Smith and Russell are determined to learn the truth. But they may pay for it with their lives . . .
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing