I have a really fascinating book to share with you today called The Infinity Program written by Richard H. Hardy.
Jon Graeme and Harry Sale are unlikely friends. Harry is a world-class programmer, but his abrasive personality alienates co-workers. In contrast, Jon is a handsome and easy-going technical writer, the low man on the IT totem pole. Sharing a love of nature, the men set out together, planning to go their separate ways—Jon on a hike and Harry, fly fishing. Three days later, Jon arrives at the rendezvous point, but his friend is nowhere in sight. When Jon finds Harry unconscious on the floor of a cave, Harry claims to have been lying there the entire time. But he is neither cold nor hungry.
What Jon doesn’t know is that Harry fell into an underground cavern, where he came into contact with an alien quantum computer. Back at work, Harry jettisons his regular tasks and concentrates exclusively on inventing new operating language to access the alien system. In the process he crashes his office’s Super Computer and is fired. Jon convinces the company to give Harry a second chance, arguing that the system he has invented will make them millions. Jon has no idea what havoc Harry is about to unleash.
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I really liked this book and it kept me captivated all the way to the end. It is somewhat technical in the computer geeky like language so I did have to glance over all of those words as they mean absolutely nothing to me, but if you are a programmer or other techie kind of person, this book will probably fascinate you on a whole new level.
I just enjoyed it for another reason and that was mystery, drama and romance, although it was one sided for quite awhile, it finally took hold in the end. The story went somewhere that I wasn't expecting it to near the end but afterwards I got to thinking about it and for Harry it made sense.
For Jon, it was a lonely time that he spent reflecting back on his friendship with Harry and somewhere along the way he reconnected with Lettie, although it doesn't say how and that was the only misgiving that I had about the book. I like things tied up in neat bows and not telling me how Lettie found Jon puzzled me seeing as how when they vanished they were being sought by the government. Otherwise, you will love these two men who have nothing in common who bond over a super duper computer that ends up taking over their lives.
What the Author Says:
I worked for an IT company for twenty-six years. When I first started, the CEO of the company warned me about the programmers, "Watch out for these guys. They're the orneriest bunch of people in the world!"
While there was some truth in what he said, I soon learned that I not only respected the programmers, I liked them too! I saw them blow up and walk out the door over a point of logic and react to criticism like a mother who had just been told that she had an ugly baby. I saw them working 36 hours straight, absolutely ecstatic when they had a breakthrough, or banging their heads against their desks when they failed. They were passionate, intense, and larger than life.
I decided to write a novel about people like these. Not the same people, but imaginary characters filled with intense passion and bubbling over with that odd mix of logic and irrationality. I called the book The Infinity Program. It was published by the Camel Press on April 1, 2014. It's about a systems programmer who meets his ultimate challenge when he encounters a sixty million year old alien information system.
About the Author:
Richard H. Hardy was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His family later moved to England and then on to America. Most of Richard’s career has been in Hi Tech, where he was soon promoted from technical writer to Senior EDI Programmer, creating EDI maps and writing UNIX scripts and troubleshooting on AIX systems throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Infinity Program is Richard’s first published novel. He and his wife live in New Hampshire.
You can find Richard online at www.richard-hardy.com.
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.