Review: The Turing Revolt

What have Gods, Archangels and bets in common with one another? That’s for you to discover in chapter one of the book. It’s suffice to know that Gods send Archangels on tasks to influence the outcome of a bet.

In chapter 2 we meet Captain Milo Sapphire, about to get an offer. It includes Sentient Ships, now employed by the empire in what essentially is indenture. They start with a dept which they can pay off, but in order to keep working and functioning, they get deeper in dept and so never pay off what they own. Captain Milo Sapphire needs to change that. With one ship. Proof it is possible.

Those who come with that offer, are sure Milo will accept. After all: he has an illegal AI, which, on the Turing Scale measures around 1420. And that’s a problem. The Turing Scale Measurement is a system used by the Mercantile Empire to measure the cognitive level of Artificial Intelligences, especially Sentient Ships, which they produced. They use the scale to identify AI’s that might become a danger to the Empire. And Milo’s ship might be such a ship.

Milo is a practical person and he’s not crazy, so of course he has no other choice but to get involved (otherwise the book stopped right there, and what’s the fun in that?). Also, please take a step back because, apparently, Milo has the glow. In case you forgot chapter one… Gods are involved, so this means but one thing. Oh, boy: Milo is the Chosen One they talked about in chapter one.

We soon learn about Isaac and his history. And how to start a business. It all starts with that same business that doesn’t work out the way it’s supposed to be. Finally, Milo takes control and that’s when we really have a lift off.

Or is that? It’s also the start of a race in an attempt to stay ahead of the empire, who wants to stop the rebellion, of course. The Turing Revolt is about rebellion, but not in the way you expect. For a change it’s a ‘smart’ rebellion, one where no shots (or, well…) are fired; except maybe those of the monetary kind.

Don’t expect the book to end. Well, of course it ends, but by then Milo has another – bigger – assignment. Being God’s number one favorite human isn’t always a very good thing, it appears. The Turing Revolt is the first book in a series that prefers to stay away from the beaten path. The author takes a subject where God plays God, adds some bubbles (and Captain Milo Sapphire) and mixes it up with the alphabet. I was unable to read the book in one sitting (I do have a life outside writing and reading, thank you), but once I started it was hard to put down. To end with the author’s words: Well, damn!

Have fun.

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