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THE HALO CONSPIRACY – Michael Murphy (Released April 15th, 2021)
In mid-twenty-first century, solving murders hasn’t become any easier. Cutting edge science has created more opportunities for crime than offered solutions.
A ruthless technology company threatens to reveal Project Halo, a scientific breakthrough that will change humanity forever. Layers of secrecy conceal cutting-edge robotics, artificial intelligence and even rumors of synthetic humans. Before scientists can correct flaws that threaten the program, someone or something murders the brains behind the project.
Michael Murphy’s witty fast-paced sci-fi mystery introduces Lucas Nash, a gritty, by the book homicide detective thrust into a world he always avoids, high tech. He sifts through a maze of suspects; Rachel, a spirited intern, a brute of a security chief, a treacherous woman, the murdered man’s partner, and two ambitious Army officers, one found dead in the arms of a married schoolteacher, and a Colonel who can’t be found.
A media starved religious leader warns the world against the evils of technology with his beautiful assistant, Lucas’s one-time flame. Before uncovering the killer’s identity, an unlikely romance threatens to derail the investigation and end Lucas’s career. With pressure mounting from his superiors and the government, Lucas must set aside his feelings and solve the murder before technology makes him and humanity the next victims.
My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars
Who else loves a good mash up of genres? In the beginning of a new series, THE HALO CONSPIRACY brings together science fiction and crime fiction for a murder mystery in the not-so-distant future. It seems to be a rare thing lately that I’m starting a series from the beginning, purely because I rarely reread the synopsis before starting a book, and I’m definitely curious where the author will take it next.
Project Halo is a scientific breakthrough dealing in a wide range of technologies like AI, robotics, and the potential of synthetic humans. Obviously this is highly coveted information and when the brains of the project is murdered, everything they’ve been working towards is at risk. Homicide Detective Lucas Nash is on the case and things are quickly getting more complicated by the minute. In this futuristic and high-tech world, Detective Lucas Nash seems to be the only one that wants to avoid all of these new advancements and do things the old-fashioned way.
I don’t want to give away much more because this book is just over 200 pages, so it would be pretty easy to accidentally spoil something. I think that the pacing was solid and there was enough going on to keep your attention. We got a good introduction to Lucas Nash and I’m curious where the author will take him next in this futuristic world and what crazy case could come his way.
About the Author:
Michael Murphy is a part-time urban chicken rancher and the author of The Yankee Club, All That Glitters, and Wings in the Dark. He lives in Arizona with his wife of more than forty years and their five newly adopted children. He’s active in several local writers’ groups and conducts novel-writing workshops at bookstores and libraries.