In this sequel to Post-Human, humanity will be forced to face a future more advanced than it could have imagined if it wants to survive. Nineteen months have passed since the A.I. turned against humanity and was subsequently destroyed. In the meantime, James Keats has turned over the A.I.'s powers to a non-intelligent, easily controlled operating system.
He and Thel have left the planet and spent six months vacationing on Venus, which has been newly terraformed without the consent or knowledge of the Governing Council. The A.I. has been deleted, but the message it sent out into the abyss of space in search of a companion has been answered. An alien force dwarfing the Earth is on its way to find out why the A.I. has stopped communicating. Keats and company can only assume its intentions will be hostile when it finds out the truth. Only one thing is for sure: Nothing will ever be the same again. Welcome to the Trans-Human era. Welcome to the singularity.
©2011 David Simpson (P)2013 Podium Publishing
"A wonderful follow-up to Post Human that is just as enjoyable." (Matt J. Drumm, Amazon.com user)
"Better than the first one!" (Paul Hurley, Amazon.com user)
"A remarkable second book!" (Brian, Amazon.com user)
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone. The story line is easy to grasp and Ray Chase keeps the narration exciting. The Post-Human series takes a look at what man and machine can become.
Other than the human/machine connection and evolution of man, I particularly liked the fact that I wasn't left hanging as situations played out.
Old-Timer... his personality and verbal dueling with James is so down to earth (pun intended).
Yes... and I did. I put on my ear buds and kept it with me throughout the day as I worked.
Even though I've read the Kindle edition of the books, I decided to purchase the audio version of the "Post-Human" series. I rarely listen to audiobooks. I'm ADD and it's very easy for me to get distracted from the narration. I didn't have that problem with Ray Chase's narration. His voice was soothing and didn't grate; he was very easy to follow.
This will be brief, as I'm under the gun to complete a project for work this weekend. Actually, there's one other Audible review I completed yesterday, for Erikson's latest, but Audible has yet to post it. Anyway, I digress. Here goes...
This third in the series continues forward, and if you thought the the stakes couldn't get higher, the foes nastier, the price to be paid far greater, think again. It opens with a brief moment or two of calm reflection, and then the listener off on adventure far greater than expected, and it's non-stop. I know I didn't expect the storyline that Simpson threw my way.
It's good. It's solid. I regret that my time here in this review is so short. It deserves much more, and you deserve better. Please see the other worthy reviewers of this enjoyable listen. As a whole, they seem to agree with me, and I with them.
It's a good listen.
If you're this far in the series, you won't be disappointed. If you're considering starting the series, this is a solid vote that you should begin NOW.
Never trust an Artificial Intelligence! NEVER!
With regrets for this written in such haste,
The Author really takes advanced philosophy and presents it in a way that is very enjoyable to read and which really does expand ones' mind to consider things that one would never normally consider. Amazingly well done piece of science fiction in the whole series. The Narration by Ray Chase appears to be consistent, but very weak in inflection and style. Downward intonations at the ends of woodenly performed sentences and quotations remind me of those incredibly boring and uninspired, long winded sermons my parents made me sit through in Catholic Church so many years ago. The narration is really actually irritating for this reason, but made bearable as a result of the fantastic mind expanding storyline.
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