If you enjoy reading intense thrillers and futuristic novels, you’ll love Steven James newest release Synapse. Steven James did a fabulous job establishing his cast and keeping the reader’s attention. This novel will take you into the future where humans and human-like robots exist. These robots called Artificials can think and reason. One Artificial, Jordan, questions Kestrel Hathaway, a Methodist pastor, about whether he has a soul, and can he be forgiven.
Kestrel, struggling with a personal loss, doesn’t know how to answer Jordan and doesn’t want to be bothered with an Artificial, especially after what happened to her parents. She witnesses an explosion on her way home from the hospital and discovers it was a terrorist attack. Her compassion toward the hurting forced her to stop and assist an injured man. This act of kindness causes authorities to question her involvement in the terrorist attack. Special Agent Nick Vernon comes on the scene and begins his investigation, which involves questioning Kestrel.
The action and suspense in this novel will keep readers turning the page. About the time you settle into a scene, something goes wrong that puts Kestrel in danger. Who are the terrorists? Why are they after her? Are the attacks coming from the Artificials, the Plussers, or from Humans?
Can a robot find forgiveness and salvation? Synapse offers thought-provoking scenes that will challenge your faith and open your eyes to the true gift we have as humans.
I give this book four stars.
I was given a complimentary copy of this novel by NetGalley in return for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.
Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award-winning, pulse-pounding novels continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.
With a Master’s Degree in Storytelling, James has taught writing and storytelling around the world and is one of the few Master CraftFrest instructors at ThrillerFest, North America’s premier training event for suspense writers.