The Path

Peter Riva (Author)


All life on earth is about to be terminated by an entity as old as the galaxy itself. To make matters worse, Simon has broken everything already.

In a future world that is run by computer systems and that is without want, how can a man find his role? Then, if the very computers he works on to try to make them more human suddenly try to kill him, revealing a secret so vast that it affects every living soul on the planet, can that man be a hero?

These are the questions that face the stumbling, comic, and certainly flawed Simon Bank. His job is to work with the System's artificial intelligence, making it fit more perfectly into human society so that it can keep the country running smoothly. But when the System threatens the peaceful world he knows, Simon suddenly must rush to save his own life, as well as the life of everyone on earth. Forced to reassess everything that he thought he knew, he is caught within circumstances way beyond his control.

Simon's only hope is to rely on intellect and instincts he didn't know he had, and on new friends, not all of them human, to change himself and all humanity. And he doesn't have much time.

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Product Details

Price: $14.95
Publisher: Yucca Publishing
Published Date: January 01, 2015
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 5.6 X 0.6 X 8.2 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language: English
Type: Paperback
ISBN: 9781631580123

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About the Author

Peter Riva has worked for more than thirty years with the leaders in aerospace and space exploration. His daytime job for more than forty years has been as a literary agent. He resides in New York City.


"I had to open my window to catch some fresh air (more like "chilling winds") as I reflected on the novel's mind-bending concepts and thought-provoking investigations about humans, machines, and the things that set them apart. The Path is like the virtual Heart of Darkness minus the "darkness" or a potent potion that some might not dare to consume, but its effects are tantalizing..... it's a lot like Christopher Nolan's Inception minus the gravity-defying heist... Riva has written fantastic and humorous dialogues with smart-ass wordplays and literal implications that amazed." --Jake Vyper,

"A real page turner. I can't wait to see what this author has in store for us next." --A Simple Life Really Blog

"I loved it. A Must Read!" --NCR Books Blog

"Sometimes to grow and re-energize yourself as a person you need to feed your soul other things, and this is exactly what this book did for me. Pure science fiction enjoyment ah." --Take It Personally Blog

"Riva's book is engaging and action-packed. . . . A definite recommend." --Sahar's Book Blog

"For people who love pure Sci-Fi, this book is a treat." --Book and Ink