The Cassandra Protocol

The book does a thorough job of setup and world-building to get you there. It makes quite the plausible case for why, and the timeline is closer than you think.
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In 2035, the U.S. healthcare agency, Allcare — the sole Provider for all medical services — is controlled by a powerful artificial intelligence called Cassandra.

Veteran journalist J.J. Connor, 66, has already roiled the industry with his first book — Allcare and the A.I. — but now he’s on the hunt for more after a whistleblower tells him:

“Cassandra is killing the outliers, and I can prove it.”

He and his beautiful young researcher, Honor Sorenson, find that thousands of patients are dying in droves after enduring the long and costly hospital stays dictated by the Cassandra Protocol.

But it’s not long before Connor becomes one of them, trapped in an ICU with a unique (or tailored?) strain of pneumonia, and under threat from the soulless entity he is investigating.
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The Cassandra Protocol: Welcome to Allcare is an interesting take on a possible future medical system where the government takes over and puts an AI in charge. The book does a thorough job of setup and world-building to get you there. It makes quite the plausible case for why, and the timeline is closer than you think. The author Dacy knows his stuff, and as is usually the case in all his books, he is detailed and well acquainted with his subject matter. From the details of lung infections, to the setup of a nationwide AI controlled medical system, to the reactions of doctors under the system and its funding. He makes a scary case regarding the most minor nudges necessary in a medical statistical system to have a great affect on those being treated. Stick with the world building, because afterward Dacy brings in two interesting and very different characters. They carry the plot through its turns and are likeable. And the plot does turn. It ended up in a place I did not expect!

-- G. Rush Adams

I read this novel through Kindle Unlimited. After the first maybe ten pages It was hard to put down. It isn’t perfect, but is well worth the read. It is set 15 to 20 years in the future. The protagonist is a science writer who is investigating apparent mistakes made by the AI that oversees all medical treatments in the US. He already has one popular book out and is researching another. He mysteriously gets sick and an apparently minor illness quickly becomes life threatening, due partly to the way apparently minor muscles interact with the AI. Is the AI or somebody working for it trying to kill him or is this a set of unfortunate coincidences? This is generally well done, with a few minor glitches First, the glitches: 1) The forward didn’t do much for me and I think the book would have been stronger without it. If you start to get bogged down in it, do keep reading. No guarantees, but the actual story will probably grab you. 2) The big reveal seemed to come out of the blue. One or two strategically placed sentences could have tied a crucial incident more tightly to the ending, while setting up a red herring. (Trying to avoid spoilers here, so yes, that is a bit cryptic) And why I still gave it 5 stars: This novel moves fast, and it kept surprising me with new but very logical twists. It is obvious that the author put a lot of research into the medical aspects, but he manages to convey a lot of necessary info without slowing the story unnecessarily. He conveyed the protagonist’s sense of helplessness as he becomes literally trapped in a web of treatment extremely well.

-- Dale R. Cozort

About the Author ▸ Joe Dacy

A former reporter and editor, I hold a Bachelor of Journalism degree with High Honors from The University of Texas. After about six years in journalism and eight years selling real estate, I entered the field of law enforcement and served as a patrolman and detention officer for four years. For the next 18 years I worked in computer software training, holding various positions in the fields of sales force automation, telecom, web development and business intelligence. At the end of 2013, I retired from the rat-race, giving me time to concentrate on my role as an author. My life-long passion is good science-fiction! Having grown up with the greats, I am determined to become one. I love cats, landscaping and reading good books. Visit my website at http://www.dacy.com. And see my Facebook blog at: http://www.facebook.com/dacydotcom