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In the near future...
A young inventor restores a level of civility to the society by creating a computer with an AI personality that won’t function without a simple “please” and "thank you.”
Fifteen years later, a brash reporter and two teens are drawn toward the former child prodigy, unaware of their shared destiny, as the inventor unleashes a technological revolution that could threaten the world.
Cameron Rush and Rosa Costas are best friends, even though they have never met in person. Cameron lives in Troy, a small town in Wisconsin, while Rosa lives on a ranch outside Albuquerque, New Mexico. Unabashed technology geeks, they become friends on the comNet while competing in a contest sponsored by GundTech. They are typical fifteen-year-olds living in their isolated worlds of family, school and friends.
Cameron's schoolmates call him boring. He's an A/B student, second-seat trumpet in the school band, fourth-string halfback, and tenth-man on the basketball team. He is unbelievably meek and takes grief for it from others. He likes a challenge.
At 5'-1", Rosa Costas is vivacious and petite. She is as outgoing as Cameron is meek. A friend once described her as "a hundred-pound package wrapped in a ton of personality." Rosa is also deceptively tough. Her mantel full of rodeo trophies attests to this fact. On the weekends and during vacations, she works as a cowgirl on a ranch. She is adept at languages and, like Cameron, enjoys solving puzzles and overcoming challenges.
Meagan Fletcher, technology reporter for the World Broadband Network, has never named her multiCom AI. Because she knows the potential dangers technology can pose, she prefers to use her multiCom in manual mode, bypassing the AI altogether. She doesn't trust it — and she trusts GundTech even less. It is a company that seems too good to be true. Meagan is on a mission to expose the mysterious inventor behind GundTech and discover the computer company's true intent.
As Rosa, Cameron, and Meagan race toward their destiny, they are oblivious to the dangers that lie ahead.
Talking with Billy was unique. It was like talking to someone way out in space somewhere—so far out that there was a time delay between each part of the conversation.
|Praise for From the Shadows
“AN INSTANT CLASSIC”
“AN INTELLIGENT, INSPIRING ADVENTURE”
“MORE THAN MERELY A GREAT STORY”
“A THOUGHTFUL, INTELLIGENT WORK”
“I could only make out one person, very dimly. A rather large man, I think. Then…” She fell silent.
“Then his hand came barely into the light. He was wagging a finger at me—at us—as if to say ‘naughty, naughty.’ Then he pointed back to the others. I… I think we blew it.”