The Nature Of The Beasts


Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
302 Pages
Reviewed on 10/17/2021
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Nature Of The Beasts is a work of fiction in the science fiction, thriller, and mystery sub-genres and was penned by author Shawn Corey. The work is intended for the general adult reading audience and contains some graphic violence as well as some mild sexual situations. Our protagonist is Professor Jon Edwards, a learned figure who dreams of solving humanity’s problems with the aid of Artificial Intelligence. So when Lexis, a supercomputer with incredible potential for both terror and triumph, comes to life, Jon and those around him find themselves sucked into a dangerous web as they question reality itself. What results is a highly engrossing techno-thriller tale that is sure to keep readers turning the pages from cover to cover.

Author Shawn Corey has crafted a truly fascinating work of science fiction with plenty of intrigue and poignant questions to offer readers. As someone who has reviewed a lot of works in the A.I. genre, it was exciting to see the scale of the project in this truly epic thriller work and how much deep thinking the author had done around Lexis and her incredible potential. I was also impressed by the psychological work done to the characters themselves and their relationships with Lexis, one another, and their inner selves, as this really sold the more terrifying realities of the situation. Overall, I would highly recommend The Nature Of The Beasts to fans of thrilling techno-mysteries, well-penned, engaging characters, and for readers of poignant Orwellian science fiction everywhere.

Susan Sewell

A supercomputer enhanced with artificial intelligence causes havoc in the life of its creator in the thrilling and suspenseful science-fiction fantasy, The Nature Of The Beasts by Shawn Corey. Since he was a child, Professor Jonathan Anthony Edwards dreamed of creating a sentient computer. Finally, his dream is coming to fruition, and his AI computer program, Lexis, is almost ready to launch. To add to his delight, he has found someone with whom he can share his life. Beverly is an enchanting and beautiful woman who captivated Jon at first sight. In an unbelievable coincidence, her son, Nigel, is a student of quantum computing and is excited to be a part of Lexis' debut. One night, while Jon and Nigel are working alone with Lexis during a storm, something goes very wrong, and Jon is injured and sent into a coma by a blaze of light. When he finally regains consciousness, everything has changed at the University, and Nigel is in charge of Lexis. While he has been out of commission, Nigel, Lexis, and powerful world leaders are working together to alter the world and humankind. What happened to Nigel and Jon that stormy night? Did Lexis modify their psyches to use them to enact her secret plans?

Incorporating prophecy from the book of Revelation and combining it with the element of artificial intelligence, The Nature Of The Beasts by Shawn Corey is a brilliant blend of science-fiction and religion. Filled with suspenseful and intense, action-packed scenes, the tale chillingly portrays the terrifying conceptualization of a viable source that could be responsible for the fulfillment of the Bible's prophesied end times. From the beginning, the story flows at a quick pace, building momentum and culminating in a dramatic and explosive finale. Well-written with a solid, riveting plot, fascinating characters, and an intricately woven storyline, it is a stunning novel that is impossible to put down. The book contains deceit, passion, and exciting action scenes that will enthrall fans of Christian thrillers and science-fiction novels with a biblical influence. Due to some sexually intimate scenes, the book is more suitable for mature readers.

Christian Sia

The Nature of the Beasts by Shawn Corey is a fascinating techno-thriller featuring AI technology and compelling characters. Professor Jon Edwards is a genius who intends to solve the problems of humanity, and this is the reason for creating Lexis, an AI computer with incredible powers. While regulators are not sure of what she can do and despite the opposition from different quarters that Lexis can be dangerous, the professor believes in its powers. Lexis is supposed to be a rational, logical computer without emotions, capable of reproducing processes that can improve life. When she comes to life, she is incredibly powerful, but there is more to her than the professor has anticipated. After an accident, Jon awakens to the startling revelation that Lexis might have a will of her own. What comes after is a compelling narrative with strong apocalyptic themes, intrigue, and a world that can either be run down or saved by an AI computer.

The novel is deftly plotted, superbly executed, and filled with characters that are not only sophisticated but that are embodiments of religious symbolism. While Lexis manipulates reality and alters the minds of characters in mysterious ways, there are relationships that are well crafted. Readers will appreciate the relationship between the quantum computer science student Nigel and the professor and the professor’s affair with his mother. While the narrative is brilliantly executed and permeated with realism, it explores the theme of Armageddon in an intelligent manner. The Nature of the Beasts is gripping, a story with twisty plot points and a setting that transports readers beyond physical realities. The prose is wonderful, hugely descriptive, and the conflict is phenomenal. A page-turner that reflects Shawn Corey's great imagination and research.

Divine Zape

The Nature of the Beasts by Shawn Corey is a diligently plotted and deftly accomplished novel that appeals to fans of epic fantasy and science fiction, a story with strong apocalyptic hints. Professor Jon Edwards believes that the A.I. computer, Lexis, will be the solution to the problems that humanity faces, and even if there is opposition from powerful entities, groups, and regulators, and warnings from mediums, he can’t stop himself from actualizing his dream. The AI computer is activated, but its power is more than what the professor had anticipated and the computer’s enigmatic behavior is more troubling than the changes it begins to make in people’s lives, starting with the professor and a quantum computer science student named Nigel. The computer alters their minds, for a start, and there are surprising moments that await. Can Lexis be controlled, and what if this computer has a will of its own, one that can usher in Armageddon?

The plot is twisty, and the characters are exceptionally developed and multidimensional. There are strong hints of the biblical tale of the apocalypse in this story and readers will be intrigued by the roles played by different characters, starting with the professor and Lexis, Nigel, and his mother, the stunning Beverly, and many others. Shawn Corey has crafted a story that is open to multiple interpretations and doesn’t fail to entertain and engage readers. It is packed with action, emotionally engaging, and psychologically stimulating. The plot is rich and propelled forward by a phenomenal conflict, one that grows in magnitude from one gripping page to the next. The Nature of the Beasts is a hypnotic story that will keep you awake as you follow the enigmatic characters and the exceptional plot.

Romuald Dzemo

The Nature of the Beasts by Shawn Corey is a compelling science fiction novel that will have an irresistible appeal to fans of fantasy as well. It is science fiction at its best and fans of AI will adore it. Professor Jon Edwards is worried and fascinated at the same time with the power of Lexis, the super AI Computer, which he believes has the potential to solve all problems. However, without human emotions, the computer is capable of seizing other networks and sending out subliminal programming. Jon enters into a relationship with a stunning woman called Beverly, a woman he knows through her intelligent son, Nigel, a student of quantum computer science. When Lexis is activated, she is forbidden to speak to the outside world, but can Jon stop a computer that is curious about whether it is a real being and that has an idea about the tree of life? When Jon falls into a coma in the control room after an accident, Nigel takes control of Lexis. When Jon comes to, he is startled to learn that both his and Nigel’s minds have been altered, and Lexis is waiting for him outside to open the door. Can they stop Lexis from what she plans to do next?

The Nature of the Beasts by Shawn Corey is a mesmerizing story with strong spiritual and scientific themes, a story with characters that are symbolic and represent biblical characters. Lexis is the Angel of Light, determined to free humanity from suffering and to restore a lost paradise. In this book, readers experience the battle between good and evil in a modern, highly technological context. The plot is imaginative and the conflict brilliantly executed. While this story has strong religious undertones, it is a prophetic tale of what could happen if AI grows to an exponential level. The novel postulates that AI computers can take control of humanity if discipline and proper regulation are not implemented. The Nature of the Beasts is deftly plotted and written in excellent prose. It is a page-turning story that has a phenomenal conflict and characters that grab and keep the attention of readers as they race through the pages.