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May 15, 2017

THE HAPPY CHIP

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Graphic Violence, Adult Situations, Profanity


THE HAPPY CHIP
by
Dennis Meredith

 Product Details
YOU FEEL ECSTATIC!
UNTIL YOU KILL YOURSELF.

The Happy Chip is the latest nanoengineering wonder from the high-flying tech company, NeoHappy, Inc.  Hundreds of millions of people have had the revolutionary nanochip injected into their bodies to monitor their hormonal happiness and guide them to life choices from foods to sex partners.  Given the nanochip's stunning success, struggling science writer Brad Davis is thrilled when he is hired to co-author the biography of its inventor, billionaire tech genius Marty Fallon.
That is, until Davis learns that rogue company scientists are secretly testing horrifying new control chips with "side effects" - suicidal depression,, uncontrollable lust, murderous rage, remote controlled death, and ultimately, global subjugation.
His discovery threatens not only his life, but that of his wife, Annie and their children. Only with the help of Russian master hacker Gregor Kalinsky and his gang can they hope to survive the perilous adventure that takes them from Boston to Beijing.
An edge of your seat thriller, THE HAPPY CHIP spins a cautionary tale of unchecked nanotechnology spawning insidious devices that could enslave us.


 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dennis Meredith brings to his novels an expertise in science from his career as a science communicator at some of the country's leading research universities, including MIT, Caltech, Cornell, Duke and the University of Wisconsin. He has worked with science journalists at all the nation's major newspapers, magazines, and radio and TV networks and has written well over a thousand news releases and magazine articles on science and engineering over his career.

He has served on the executive board of the National Association of Science Writers and has written numerous articles and guidebooks on science writing and science communication. He has also served as a judge and manager for the NASW Science-in-Society Awards and the AAAS Science Writing Awards.

He was a creator and developer of EurekAlert!, working with The American Association for the Advancement of Science to establish this international research news service, which now links more than 4,500 journalists to news from 800 subscribing research institutions.

In 2007, he was elected as a AAAS Fellow "for exemplary leadership in university communications, and for important contributions to the theory and practice of research communication." In 2012 he was named the year's Honorary Member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.

He holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Texas (1968) and an M.S. in biochemistry and science writing from the University of Wisconsin (1970).

He is currently writing science articles, non-fiction books and science fiction novels. He also develops and conducts communication workshops for researchers seeking to enhance their communication skills, both professional and lay-level. He has developed workshops for researchers at universities, research foundations, and government agencies and laboratories. 


MY THOUGHTS
Progress can be great, needed and wanted, but when that technology is used for the wrong purposes it can be deadly.
I found the book to be easy to read and it was well written.  You are given a variety of characters and a read that has a lot of action with a lot of twists and turns.   As you turn the pages, you find your are really thinking about the concept the author is presenting.  Is the concept possible?  Of course it is.   A nano chip, supposed to be for the happiness of people but when in the wrong hands, it becomes a weapon of sorts.  It changes people, and not for the better.  It brings out terrible traits that are far from being good.
I did find that occasionally, especially at the first of the book, that some things seemed repeated.  The author may have had a reason for this, I don't know. I did like that the author didn't go into a long drawn out detail of the characters, just a basic, quick description.   Sometimes in a book there are so many characters and so much detail about them that it is hard to keep things straight.  Not with this book, which I liked.   I'm not usually a fan of sci-fi but this was an enjoyable read and I found it to be plausible.  This could very well happen.  Think about it?
Think what it would be like to have a little nano chip slipped under your skin to help you be happy!  Wouldn't that be great?     But as they say, if it sounds too good, it probably isn't so good. The author gives a little something for everyone. You get the good guys, the bad guys, aircraft, the Russian mob, the FBI, the CIA, sex, oh I can't list all of it.   But this book isn't exactly your typical Sci-Fi book.   You get so much more, so step into the future or, who knows, it may be in the thoughts of some now, the Happy Chip. Don't get too excited, if and when this happens, will it be good or bad?  Think about it!

I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book  4 STARS. 

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