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Sub-Human: Post-Human Series, Book 1 | [David Simpson]

Sub-Human: Post-Human Series, Book 1

Before he was Old-timer, he was Craig Emilson, a young doctor, sucked into military service at the outbreak of World War III. Enlisting to become a Special Forces suborbital paratrooper, Craig is selected to take part in the most important mission in American military history - a sortie into enemy territory to eliminate the world's first strong Artificial Intelligence. The mission is only the beginning of Craig's story, and for the story of humanity as well, as they accelerate towards a world that is post-human.
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Before he was Old-timer, he was Craig Emilson, a young doctor, sucked into military service at the outbreak of World War III. Enlisting to become a Special Forces suborbital paratrooper, Craig is selected to take part in the most important mission in American military history - a sortie into enemy territory to eliminate the world's first strong Artificial Intelligence. The mission is only the beginning of Craig's story, and for the story of humanity as well, as they accelerate towards a world that is post-human.

If you're already a fan of the smash-hit Post-Human Series, this prequel to Post-Human, Sub-Human, will answer the previously unanswered questions of how the post-human world came to be. And, if you're new to the series, Sub-Human will serve as an engrossing introduction to a possible future that has enraptured tens of thousands of listeners!

©2012 David Simpson (P)2013 Podium Publishing

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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 12-27-13
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2012

    I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.

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    "Highly Entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sub-Human to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version but Ray Chase does a great job bringing the characters to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    David Simpson is a young author who seems incredibly well schooled in the classic Sci Fi of Asimov and Clarke. There are big big ideas in this series, bu the science is thoughtfully explained though not a centerpiece. There are some very clever plot lines and its rapid rife and highly entertaining. As a young author he has a lot of promise, and I enjoyed this initial book in the series very much as will read the remaining 3. Without being critical, because this appears to be Simpson's overall style elements of the story are not overall explained, drawn out or described like the the great space operas of Simmons or Varley. This style sometimes leans toward more of a graphic novel approach, which I found appealing at some level and lacking at other times.

    As a young author Simpson's style will evolve and I look forward to continuing to read his work. This is old school Sci Fi done with a modern approach. I enjoyed it very much.


    What about Ray Chase’s performance did you like?

    I am always stunned by how well the best narrator's perform their craft. Ray Chase is fantastic, giving distinctive voices to each character. I love the way he portrayed Craif (the old timer), it was terrific.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Certainly the entire sub plot with Samantha was something that I think a lot of people can identify with on some level. It was moving to the point that it humanized what at times was a fantastic storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    There are some very interesting concepts in this book have become front and center in science today. Kurzweil's "Singularity" concept is clearly a driver in the novel(s) and a topic that I suspect will be discussed more as we employ wearable computers and neural networks in our daily lives. If that interests you this is a provocative story and worth your time.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New Orleans, LA 12-01-13
    Michael New Orleans, LA 12-01-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A Roll Of The Dice, A Shot In The Dark!"

    Once again, I take a shot in the dark, and this time, it's a win.

    And for a fact, it's NOT because of Audible's description of the work. That description covers the first five minutes of the audiobook.

    Think other dimensions, time dilation, neural AI mind entropy, rogue robots, nuclear fallout, new world order, suspended animation, and MUCH more.

    Simpson delivers a well-written, smartly-paced and rich story, replete with rich character development, excitement, and tech-savvy future-tense believability. It beautifully sets the pace for the other novels in the series.

    And, by the way, it just happens to be a great listen.

    Lately, there's been a definite lack of truly noteworthy scifi/fantasy audiobooks offered here at Audible. I don't blame Audible for the lack of excellent work. There are great novels out there that are just beginning to be recorded to audiobook format, and it takes time.

    So, this was a pleasant surprise, and I'm extremely glad I stumbled into it - So much so, that I'm securing the remaining novels in the series.

    So, crack open that wallet, pull out that dusty credit, dear Audible listener, and put this enjoyable listen in your library.

    27 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-16-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-16-14 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    CRAP YOUR PANTS IN 31 SECONDS
    I was a little slow to get into this. Then I got into it big time and thought it was great. Then it turned into some type of super hero comic book. The intelligence and thought that went into creating the story got dropped by the way side. I got over half way through the book and called it quits.

    What made things worse is I have a bad case of FOSB. Another reviewer came up with this term to describe the fear of Scott Brick. Ray Chase is not quite as bad as SB, but he is close. Everything he says should be written in capital letters. He screams most of the sentences. It is a good voice for announcing movies, but not reading a whole book. I think some narrators such as the two mentioned do not read the book ahead of time and feel that if they read every sentence dramatically it works, this way they can also read more books, since no prep time is necessary. They make more money or they are cheaper, I don't know which. Writers should take a bigger interest in production. Rarely will Stephen King let his books be butchered like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rich san jose, CA, United States 11-29-13
    rich san jose, CA, United States 11-29-13 Member Since 2011

    Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.

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    "Surreal Story, Masterful Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Sub-Human the most enjoyable?

    Ray Chase is rapidly climbing up my greatest narrators in the known universe list. He kept this roller coaster on mushrooms of a story racing forward through multiple time warps, disasters at sea, rampaging pubescent-voiced evil simulants and some other stuff I am still trying to come to grips with and cannot mention at this point.


    What did you like best about this story?

    After being 2x4'ed by the fickle finger of fate, Craig finally catches a break and gets some peace of mind. I just hope that in the next episode he also will get a well deserved piece of ass - be she cyber or human. I do not say this lightly. Craig was made to experience the ultimate rip my heart out and stuff it down my gaping pie hole situation through absolutely no fault of his own. The chin-deep lake of crap this guy had to wade through from basically the first or second minute until the blood spattered, radiation contaminated curtain came crashing down really had me hoping that Craig would at least end up conscious or hopefully be able to stand without assistance. I was not disappointed.


    What does Ray Chase bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ray Chase has a way of narrating that just clicks with me. This story was a trip, and there is no better audio guide for this kind of book than Mr. Chase. I am fired up for the next installment.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    An early in the story bombshell exploded in my ears and had me blurting out loud "No way!" and "f.....ing ruthless". Needless to say, I was moved. I knew from that moment on that this story was going to be a keeper.


    Any additional comments?

    Hey Audible... why are you making me wait for what.... 3 weeks to hear the next installment? This is a bush league move. I can honestly say without reservation or fear of contradiction that YOU SUCK! Here I am, with cash in hand wanting to keep the vibe I got from this book going and I have to wait until someone somewhere in your organization gets around to making it available? Let me guess, the reason why the next book is not available for several weeks is due to: (a) your company is staffed with out of touch half wits, or (b) you can't squeeze the next book in the series in because you have yet another batch of poorly written trash about some highland slut trying to get into the pants of some pouting, shirtless, mullet - sporting loser, or (c) you all just don't give a damn about your customers. My money is on all of the above. I hope the puss bag mono-browed mouth breathers involved in delaying the second installment of this series get a big fat pink slip in their stockings, or if that isn't in the cards, a really nasty and festering bout of poison ivy / oak in all the right places.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    A. Pires Central Coast, CA 09-22-14
    A. Pires Central Coast, CA 09-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "good idea, horrible execution........."

    I think I would have liked this book if not for the reader. This constant....wistfulness? I don't know what to call it, and total lack of change of voice with character has got me whipped. I've had performances that bugged me but not enough to make me quit. It's too bad. Maybe it's not a big deal to some people but the performance is key for me. This is my first defeat.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Noreen Canada 09-05-14
    Noreen Canada 09-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "absolutely the worst narrator I have ever endured"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Davina Porter


    Would you recommend Sub-Human to your friends? Why or why not?

    the story if read would be fine but not this version of narration


    What didn’t you like about Ray Chase’s performance?

    ABSOLUTELY NOTHING


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story was good which is why I endured the horrible narration to the end


    Any additional comments?

    do not ever use Ray Chase again

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Fernandes USA 07-05-14
    John Fernandes USA 07-05-14 Member Since 2013

    Professional

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    "Fantastic Story with an excellent ideas"

    Fantastic story with great idea development by the author. The person reading the story is not to my taste, though, and he has some very odd inflections that make many of the powerful characters actually sound weak and girly. I think that this book would have been MUCH better with a more powerful reader that properly captures inflections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Austin, TX, United States 07-13-14
    Julia Austin, TX, United States 07-13-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Too much gore"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Simpson again?

    Maybe


    What does Ray Chase bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I wouldn't have read this book. The narration helped.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Doubtful


    Any additional comments?

    The premise has endless potential. The author chose to continually focus on how a super soldier could torture and kill. I expected some of that, but that's about all there was. I kept waiting for this book to take off, but realized that's just what the book is - light on ideas or insights and heavy on gore.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Southfield, MI, United States 03-17-14
    Scott Southfield, MI, United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The main character did not measure up..."
    What would have made Sub-Human better?

    A main character that behaved more intelligently.


    Has Sub-Human turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What aspect of Ray Chase’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sub-Human?

    I would skip the plank sequences


    Any additional comments?

    The main character did not behave intelligently, and he acted too emotional.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "The future ?"
    If you could sum up Sub-Human in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, compelling and wishful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Greg and how he uses his nanos


    What about Ray Chase’s performance did you like?

    I'm afraid his voice was a bit dull and boring at first. But don't let it put you off the trilogy !


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and the others straight after to see what happens.


    Any additional comments?

    A good trilogy that makes you wander if technology could be advanced to produce nanos ?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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