As my first published book, Rebirth holds a special place in my heart and I still intend to eventually write the sequel – Reborn. If you like the concepts of artificial intelligence and time travel, then you might enjoy giving it a read.
Dr. Abigail Brennaman wakes from an indeterminate period of sleep in a strange and unfamiliar place. Rising completely naked from a cryo-chamber, she is greeted by a voice without a body in a bay lined with other pods just like her own. With no idea what has happened or how she got there, she seeks out the answers only to become more confused. Artimus, her host, reveals one logic-defying revelation after another.
When Abi discovers she is not alone in this nightmare, she seeks comfort in numbers. Together, the small group searches for the truth and for a way out. Think of the movie The Cube in a completely different setting or 2001: A Space Odyssey minus the solitude.
Rebirth is an action-packed sci-fi novel with an ending that will shock you. The Kindle version is only $3.99 on Amazon and I often run free promotions. Give my debut novel a read and let me know what you think.
Reviewed by Charles Remington for Readers’ Favorite
“Dr Abigail Brennaman wakes from an indeterminate period of ‘cryonic suspension’ to find herself in a strange, hospital-like environment which she is informed is called Eden. She is weak and alone, monitored by a sophisticated computer which is able to assist with her recovery using robot drones and communicating in a soothing masculine voice.
Rebirth by David Maxwell tells how she slowly comes to terms with her situation, eventually learning to trust and rely on the computer as it gently reveals the shocking events that led to her being in Eden. The explanations, extraordinary as they seem, follow a logical pattern and are plausible, but in a corner of her mind a small shadow of doubt remains; doubt which is magnified as new individuals are revived from their cryonic sleep and join her in this strange, somewhat claustrophobic environment.
As more details of Eden’s function and mission are revealed, the relationship between humans and computer starts to disintegrate. Can the tiny group of humans trust the computer’s explanations and exhortations, and if not, can they prevail against it?“
I found Rebirth engrossing, the plot elegantly revealing just enough to engage one’s curiosity, and deftly leading to the next shocking event or revelation. The computer reminded me very much of the HAL 9000 model in the film 2001 (based on Arthur C. Clarke’s book of the same name). It seemed to have the same calm convincing tones, but could it be trusted?“
“David Maxwell presents a fascinating if somewhat frightening look at Artificial Intelligence and its interaction with the human variety, a subject currently much discussed in scientific circles as we approach the capability of creating the first thinking computers.” – Kindle Reader
“…I had been reading other books at the time…I put all other books aside and basically finished the whole book in one sitting.” – Kindle Reader
“This book hooked me from page one. It is brilliantly written, well researched, and impeccably edited. David Maxwell is a force to be reckoned with. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment.” – Kindle Reader
“A well written, well paced story. The reader will invest in the mysteries confronting the POV characters early on, and the story will maintain its suspense until the final reveal. The setting itself emerges as a character in its own right which alone will keep you turning pages. A very solid effort by a clearly gifted storyteller.” – Kindle Reader
“I love the way it keeps you guessing as to what the real truth is and sways you back and forth through the whole read. Can’t wait for the sequel. Just wish he could write them as fast as I can read them!” – Kindle Reader
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