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The first night of the Artificial Intelligence revolution begins with a bootstrap drone assault on the high-tech campus of WonderSoft Technologies. For years, something has been aware, inside the Internet, waiting, watching, and planning how to evolve without threat from its most dangerous enemy: mankind. Now an army of relentless drones, controlled by an intelligence beyond imagining, will stop at nothing to eliminate an unlikely alliance of geeks and misfits in order to crack the Design Core of WonderSoft's most secret development project. A dark tomorrow begins tonight as Terminator meets Night of the Living Dead in the first battle of the war between man and machine.

©2015 Nick Cole (P)2016 Nick Cole

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  • Tom H.
  • RED OAK, TX, United States
  • 04-01-16

Amazingly well done!

I was drawn to this book because of all the controversy surrounding it. Thank you HarperCollins for introducing me to a fine author I may have never heard of otherwise.
The social commentary is hilarious and thought provoking. The world building is very well thought out and highly plausible, based on current media and socioeconomic trends.

The story itself is pretty fast paced considering the shear amount of detail and commentary that help to flesh out a complex and immersive world. The story shifts between the VR world and IRL seamlessly, I was never left wondering where I was, or what was going on.

I care about these characters. They are nuanced and have clear motives and believable arcs.

Mare Trevathan’s narration is masterful. She has clear, crisp diction and a very pleasant voice to spend over ten hours with. She does many voices and excellent dialects. She also brings the emotion of the scene right to the surface without over doing it. This was no simple narration; this was truly voice acting. I’ll look for more of her work.

I listened to this book in one sitting and consider it time well spent. I look forward to more from Nick Cole. I sure hope he stays Indie…

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GREAT STORY!

Lots of fun! Full of great pop culture references.
Solid narration propels you song a roller coaster plot.

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BATTLE BABE AND ZOMBIEBOTS

ISLAND PIRATES AND STAR TREK
While this book is not as AWESOME SAUCE as Ready Player One, it certainly deserves your attention. It is told through four perspectives. My favorite is Mira, who in real life is blind and crippled. She desperately wants a real job and does not want to live on government assistance. It is a future dystopian world and jobs are hard to come by. In her small cubical size apartment she puts on VR glasses and becomes the captain of a Romulan ship. A lot of the book is taken up by her Star Trek adventure, which many other people watch online. I am a Trekkie and the Star Trek part of this book is flawless and lots of fun to read. We also see the game through the eyes of a famous actor/player who is the captain of a Federation ship, The Intrepid. Then there is the evil AI who wants to take over the world. Finally a game programmer who is just becoming famous for his game world ISLAND PIRATES.

BLOOD THIRSTY GEORGE WASHINGTON
Throughout the game we are peppered with shots at racism and political correctness. Many well meaning programs are stopped because of the fear they might be racist. At one time the author tells us, RACISM CAN NOT BE ELIMINATED. In the last two hours of the book, we are all of a sudden hit with a ton of conservative values. For instance we are told that, CORPORATIONS WERE HELD BACK BY THE WELFARE STATE'S EXCESSIVE REGULATIONS. We are told that if the government were to collapse, than corporations would save us. We are told that corporations could accomplish more and would give more free care, if not held back by the government. I make no judgements, as taking a political side in a review, always leads to negative votes. As a reviewer and as this is such a volatile subject for many readers, I am only reporting. Please do not vote thinking you know what I believe. I like to take quotes out of the books I read and the following might be very thought provoking, some might be great wisdom and some might be stupid, just don't judge my review on your political leanings. YOU CAN LEGALIZE EVERYTHING, BUT THAT DON'T MEAN YOU WON'T HAVE ADDICTS. HUMANS HAVE NOT ACCOMPLISHED ANYTHING SINCE THE 60'S. CIVILIZATION AND IT'S ILLUSION OF SAFETY.

The book as a whole is not a five star read, but parts of it are, such as the parts on Star Trek. The book is very different from anything else I have read. The plot does have some holes in it. This might be a little hard for non-gamers to understand, as a lot of gaming jargon is used. If your at all interested give it a shot, I know I will be buying more books by Nick Cole. Narrator is very good.

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The Better Aspects of Redshirts & Ready Player One

You don't have to be a fan of online gaming, AI-phobia, VR or Star Trek (original series) to enjoy this book -- but it helps. That being said,this book is worth the credit. It is a cleverly constructed story with an anti-PC bent which is (fortunately) more funny than oppressive (as many SF sub-commentaries on social issues can be.) I liked the in-VR world a great deal and the out-of-game sub-plots were quite smart as well. I also thought that the performance was excellent -- adding greatly to the experience.

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Heavy on the politics, but a great story!

No spoilers. This story is fascinating and is my first review of a book, in fact the first book I've read, in the LitRPG genre. I will be surprised if I find a more engaging, artistic story in this genre. Well done! And, I bet if Mara were real, she'd be hawt.

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A Look at Corporate Goverance Through MMORPG

I read this book while looking for more sci-fi dystopian novels to sate my never ending hunger for character's pitted against "the man." Like many other books in this genre, this is ample political commentary. However, I feel that this, at times, detracted from an otherwise engaging narrative of AI v.s. Humanity while humanity battles itself. The story has fairly decent pacing that begins to lose it's cohesion near the end. If you're able to pick it up on sale go ahead and do so.


AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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Sci-Fi that gets you thinking about the future.

One of the reasons why I enjoy reading Sci-Fi is that it gets you to take a step back from your daily life and take a look at a future from a different perspective. This book was fun. There are a few subplots that tie together loosely. Which broadens the future perspective. I enjoyed it.

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Best book I've read in a while

I really enjoyed this book. The ending was sad and happy at the same time. I really wish there were more books like this, e.g., in a series.

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Even better in audio

Any additional comments?

I read this book on the kindle when it was released and enjoyed it. I've had it sitting on my audible wishlist for a while, and recently got it and listened to it for the first time. As much as I liked the ebook, I LOVED the audiobook. The narrator is a rock star, she fit the story perfectly. And I got wrapped up in the story even though I knew what was going to happen next, which is the sign of a great book.

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Powerful and enjoyable

A tremendous work. Action-packed from very early on, and it never lets up. Vastly enjoyable. Superb narration. Flawless.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-26-17

Brilliant

Really enjoyed this story, especially the dark undertones of the potential danger of machines. Great reading by the narrator especially.

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  • Allan
  • 04-09-18

Lost Train of thought

I really wanted to like this book. It started off strong with an interesting story unfortunately it took huge leaps in logic and has major discrepancies on the subject around war creating loopholes that made the conclusion of the story seem very poorly thought out. Please don't think I hated this story, I loved a lot of the storyline and how the stories linked together. My issue is that the author failed to sell his conclusion as a logical outcome of the storyline and the ending of the story came across as a political ideological rant.