The Fear Index
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At the nexus of high finance and sophisticated computer programming, a terrifying future may be unfolding even now.
Dr. Alex Hoffmann’s name is carefully guarded from the general public, but within the secretive inner circles of the ultrarich he is a legend. He has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that predicts movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions. But one morning before dawn, a sinister intruder breaches the elaborate security of his lakeside mansion, and so begins a waking nightmare of paranoia and violence as Hoffmann attempts, with increasing desperation, to discover who is trying to destroy him.
Fiendishly smart and suspenseful, The Fear Index gives us a searing glimpse into an all-too-recognizable world of greed and panic. It is a novel that forces us to confront the question of what it means to be human—and it is Robert Harris’s most spellbinding and audacious novel to date.
From Publishers Weekly
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Beautifully crafted but lacking
Harris's writing is luxurious, so clear, so precise and so alive --- you taste his tastes, see his colours, acutely feel the pain of his characters. The premise of the story is good, and the storytelling captivating --- it really is hard to put down. But for all that I was left disappointed. In my opinion Harris lost his way during the last quarter of the book, as the characters became less believable and the plot a little strained. In the end there was no closure, and in particular the rationale for the events designed to destroy Hoffmann were never revealed (we learn the what but not the why).
A simple comment on this book: it is a cross between the non-fiction book The Big Short, and the novel Robopocalypse (soon to be a movie).
This is a book that can't be put down. Thank god it was short enough that i did not have to stay awake for a week to read.
If you have money in the stock market and know a lot or a little you will truly appreciate this "novel". At times I thought it was one of those historical novels where you know the exact historical events, but a novelist adds what might agave actually been said.as they say in the market, this is a Buy.
The Fear Index
Intriguing and disturbing ideas about evolution, computers, artificial intelligence, and mankind, but the writing is hackneyed.