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Crystal Deception

Written by Doug J. Cooper

Genre: Futuristic Thriller/ Science Fiction

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Criss lives in a special kind of prison. He can see and hear everything around the world. Yet a restrictor mesh restrains his reach and keeps him cooperative. His creator, Dr. Jessica Tallette, believes his special abilities offer great promise for humanity.

But she fears the consequences of freeing him, because Criss, a sentient artificial intelligence with the intellect of a thousand humans, is too powerful to control. 

Guided by her scientific training, Tallette works cautiously with Criss. That is, until the Kardish, an otherwise peaceful race of alien traders, announce they want him. With technologies superior to Earth’s, the Kardish express their desires with ominous undertones. 

The Union of Nations is funding Tallete’s artificial intelligence research, and she turns to them for help. Sid, a special agent charged with leading the response, decides Earth’s greatest weapon is the very AI the aliens intend to possess.

But what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? And what is humanity’s role if an interstellar battle among titans starts to rage? 

An excerpt from

Crystal Deception


Here's what

Fans are saying

Wow! What an adventure!

I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a book this much. No. Wait. I do. It was over a year ago. I’ve read good books between now and then. I have, but this one GRABBED me! I needed to escape my life. I needed to get out and experience something…else.

Mr. Cooper took me, scrubbed all my worries, put them aside and shoved me head-first into a brand new world!

The writing is incredible! Best ever? Meh! That’s a matter of opinion. Yes. I know a few scholars that would disagree, but they can’t even agree with themselves. I thought the word-smithing was amazing!

I found myself standing in line at the mechanic’s last night, waiting to pay for the diagnostics on my dead car that’s going to be towed to the junk yard, and I had to open the book back up and continue reading.

I was in the middle of rush hour traffic and was so tempted to open the book up and read right there. Mr. Cooper’s voice is so active and so captivating!

The science! OMW! Guys! The sciency-geeky parts of me were in heaven in the book! My brain was exploding all over the place with the ideas and concepts thrown out there with such brilliant EASE! They weren’t all original. Let’s not get too crazy here, but they were delivered in a way that made the entire book feel fresh!

Fun science fiction done right

I had a blast reading it. The science was truly interesting, as was the evolution of a potentially new lifeform with sentience.

The description of the entity was compelling, and I looked forward to each iteration of its personality development.

— Charlene

Author Bio

Doug J. Cooper

As a young child, Doug stood on a Florida beach and watched an Apollo spacecraft climb the sky on its mission to the moon. He thrilled at the sight of the pillar of flames pushing the rocket upward. And then the thunderous roar washed over him, and shook his body and soul. 

Since then, he has explored life as an educator and entrepreneur. He enjoys telling inventive tales, mentoring driven individuals, and everything sci-tech. 

In his new novel, Crystal Deception, Doug swirls his creative imagination with his life experiences to craft a science fiction action-adventure story with engaging characters and a plot line with surprises. 

He lives in Connecticut with his wonderful wife and with pictures of his son, who is off somewhere in the world creating adventures of his own.