David Walton’s THREE LAWS LETHAL tells the story of two entrepreneurs who have a dream of converting the nation’s car stock into autonomous, self-driving vehicles, and the woman whose brilliant research holds the key to making it a reality. It’s a fun, engaging techno thriller, kind of like something Michael Crichton would write, except with very memorable, well-developed characters.
I first read Walton when I picked up THE GENIUS PLAGUE, which introduced me to his strong formula of excellent research, tons of interesting details, fantastic yet believable story line, and well-developed characters I could root for. THREE LAWS LETHAL delivers the same, hard sci-fi that reads like a thriller.
The story focuses on two young men working on software enabling self-driving cars to communicate and respond to each other. Naomi Sumner holds the key, a virtual world where she is training bots to evolve as a community through competition and collaboration, resulting in manifestation of artificial intelligence. An intelligence that may have its own goals.
This was a lot of fun to read and put Walton on my list of must-read authors who deliver engaging fiction powered by well-fleshed-out, big ideas.