Book Description (via Goodreads): One man holds the key to the most revolutionary and powerful technology since the invention of the atom bomb. The press wants to interview Factor Man. The Chinese government wants to kill him. And the FBI wants to protect him. But first, they need to find him. William Burkett is a statistics-savvy journalist, but he isn’t qualified to judge the extraordinary claims in an anonymous email he receives from “Factor Man”. Is FM a crackpot, or has he discovered what computer scientists call “God’s algorithm?” As FM solves increasingly complex math problems in a public countdown to the day his identity will be revealed, the momentous consequences of his apparent invention draw the attention of a Chinese assassin. Will Factor Man survive until his coming-out party, or will his technology die with him?
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given Factor Man by Matt Ginsberg three out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I thought this was a fun, clever and interesting story. The mathematics and factorising part went completely over my head unfortunately, but I did enjoy the rest of the story and did try to understand as much as I could about the artificial intelligence side of the book. The concept of this book was very fascinating and I liked how the timeline built up from reading over different character perspectives throughout the story, especially the Chinese assassin and FBI agent parts, to the coming-out party of Factor Man. I really enjoyed how characters are trying to link pieces together to find out who Factor Man is and also to whom had committed a murderous crime. Although I did get a little confused as to which character was which at times, I thought that they were all well-developed with a story behind each character to connect and understand them better. Most of all, I thought Factor Man was an interesting character, a very strong and brave scientist. I became very intrigued for everyone to find out who FM was behind the name.
I really like the book cover art, I think it really connects with the story behind the cover and I like colours used, it works brilliantly.
This book might not be for everyone but I would definitely recommend it for fans of mathematics, numbers, artificial intelligence, science fiction and thriller stories.
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