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Zach Fortier’s Volk is the first book of The Overseer series which chronicles the devastating arrival on Earth of the AI Empire, which forces the human race to the brink of extinction. Hanging on by a thread, the last few survivors are granted a reprieve when the AI entity known as The Overseer intervenes. It becomes evident that The Overseer is a form of ombudsman who is responsible for ensuring the AI Empire adheres to its founding principles. What follows is an engrossing journey of discovery and startling revelations, which sweeps the last remaining policeman Viktor Roper into a courtroom vortex that will determine the fate of mankind. The outcome will leave you shocked, and desperate to get hold of the next book in this series.
Volk by Zach Fortier was a wonderful trip into what, for me, is an extremely interesting and thought provoking world of Artificial Intelligence. The story is very well laid out and paced beautifully. Viktor has real depth of character and his interactions with the other main characters are authentic and very engaging. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Viktor and The Overseer, where it became apparent that in spite of the vast knowledge The Overseer possessed, it was him that was learning the most from their interaction. It was also very interesting to me reading about Sophia’s part in the story, given that I had previous knowledge of her exploits. This is a really good read with a truly gripping climax which will leave the reader pondering on many thought-provoking issues.