The Warning Signs

Fiction - Science Fiction
398 Pages
Reviewed on 03/03/2020
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Author Biography

Terrence Loftus is a surgeon and healthcare administrator who worked as a speaker and consultant in the surgical robotics industry. His popular non-fiction book, The Robotics Program: A How-to-Guide for Physician Leaders on Starting Up a Successful Program, is an essential read for building a surgical robotics program. In his first science fiction novel, he describes a futuristic world where society becomes increasingly comfortable and dependent on robotics to not only deliver our healthcare but also provide security in a complex society

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

The Warning Signs by Terrence Loftus is a terrifying tale set in the future. Robots are everywhere, even assisting in surgeries in the hospital where Dr. Jack Hyland works. He has a story to tell, a story of how the robots became autonomous, working without assistance. But Jack has another story to tell, the story of the psychopath who has stalked him for years, sending him ominous warnings before any major change in Jack’s life. The one message, “You’ve been warned,” reminds Jack that his life is in danger at every turn, and together with his friends, he tries to figure out who his stalker is. Every time Jack’s life is in danger, he gets a new clue, pulling him ever closer to the truth. Caine is an Android with powers and he befriends Jack to help him with the investigation but can they do it? Can they discover the identity of the stalker before its too late? Time is of the essence, especially when Ashely, a close friend of Jack’s, becomes the target of the stalker.

The Warning Signs by Terrence Loftus is a tense science fiction thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Set in the future, in a time when robots are working autonomously, it is a combination of sci-fi and psychological thriller that increases in pace and tension the further into it you get. There is plenty of background to set the scene and some very well-developed characters to journey with through the twisting plot. The story takes off from the start, propelling you into a rollercoaster journey that will excite and thrill you right to the very end. The scary part is this could happen in the future! Great story, I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to more like this from Terrence Loftus.

Lit Amri

"It took me a while to understand my father’s cautious approach to robotics. Not me, I was sold on robotics immediately." In The Warning Signs by Terrence Loftus, artificial intelligence is becoming universal in the medical field and a major part of interns' assessment or medical solution, drawing both support and opposition. Then the biggest progress of all is achieved; androids. Dr. Jack Hyland embraces the tech era and begins working with an android named Caine. Unfortunately, Jack is long tormented by a stalker who keeps taunting him with warning signs. When the threats escalate and the love of his life becomes a target, Jack, his friends, and Caine work together to stop the perpetrator and his campaign of terror once and for all.

The topic of artificial intelligence has been debated for a long time – will it do more good or harm? Terrence Loftus gives readers a deep exploration of the subject in the beginning-a closer insight into the work of those in the medical field. People find themselves in uncertain territory and, as expected, there are mixed feelings about the use of robots. The characters, main and secondary, are well-developed with distinctive personalities, adding the elements of realism and drama. The plot is extensive and the trouble really starts when darknet comes into the picture. Even though I would love a faster development in some parts of the story, the overall pace of the plot is good and there is enough action and suspense. The Warning Signs is an interesting read.

K.C. Finn

The Warning Signs is a work of science fiction in the robotics sub-genre and was penned by author Terrence Loftus. Written for mature readers due to its complex style and some darker themes, this is a tale set in a near future world where robots have become much more commonplace in our lives, and AI androids are working alongside our central protagonist, Dr. Jack Hyland. Jack is a surgeon whose career and very life are threatened when he receives a psychotic message: ‘You’ve been warned.’ As Jack tries to track down who might be behind the message and the terrors rained down upon him, he is befriended by android Caine, and the investigation really heats up from there.

Suspenseful, intriguing and with a fresh twist around every corner, The Warning Signs is sure to prove a highly effective and enjoyable reading experience for all science fiction fans. Author Terrence Loftus takes many of the familiar tropes that one would expect to find in books about robotics and the potential threat of our AI creations backfiring on us, but subverts them and twists our expectations with plenty of surprises in his plot. Caine is a fantastic creation, distinctly non-human, and yet it’s hauntingly easy to forget this for moments here and there. The development of Jack as a central figure gives us an intelligent hero with plenty of heart, one for whom we really root as the danger mounts. Overall, The Warning Signs is a highly recommended work with a unique edge.