The Fear Index
- Publication Date:
- 01 March 2012
- Thriller and Suspense
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A fun book, nothing too serious, about artificial intelligence and stock market trading. Highly implausible, but still quite a page turner.
An enthralling thriller set in the world of hi-tech private banking, with shades of Philip Kerr's "Gridiron" and the financial thrillers of Michael Ridpath. Hoffmann is a physicist formerly employed on the Hadron Collider at CERN, though he had been dismissed after his artificial intelligence experiments generated unforeseen consequences. He used his expertise to develop merchant banking algorithms which had led to his organization becoming a market leader.His bank's unique selling point was the deft analysis of risk and volatility in the markets, and complicated hedging mechanisms. However, odd thing start to happen ...Hoffman receives unlooked for gifts, and is then attacked in his own home. And that is just the start...
A cross between 2001 A Space Odyssey and Frankenstein. Worth a read if like me, you are partial to thrillers that involve finance and computers. Put it on the summer beach read list.
This seemed a 'lazy' book by Harris, a fairly simple plot line, somewhat Sci Fi, could have been a short story or novella but padded out. Characters not very convincing. Reams of financial technical data which I am sure is accurate as he will have done his research, but was goobledygook to me. Finished the book but felt let down - had read it expecting a 'good meal' and felt I was served 'junk food snack'.
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