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Publisher's Summary

Jain thought he'd never go back.

Ten years had passed since he last had dealings with humans and their machines. He was happy. He'd built a base for himself and his Void Warriors around the barren moon of a gas giant, where they planned to live out their immortal days in peace.

And then humanity came looking for them.

Hunting them.

Now they have no choice but to return.

But what they find waiting for them in human territory will make them wish they'd never left their new home.

©2018 Isaac Hooke (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Light Sci-fi

I don't want to discourage potential readers, but they should know this is lightweight scifi, and only moderate "military" fiction. Its a decent first attempt or minimalist short set of novellas, but I found it jarringly weak on the science.

Several times the book says ships came to a "halt" in the middle of orbital and battle maneuvers. The "lightning" weapon is very hard to square with even a single semester of electromagnetism.

The "black hole" weapon kept getting applied as if any black hole must have an ultra-strong gravitational field, seemingly oblivious to the fact that "small" black holes are completely possible (and would be much more practical to create, assuming you have to create them with energy or mass "on-hand' as opposed to borrowed from.... somewhere). But a black hole with a mass of 100 kg would require 90 million Gj to create (if a 100% efficient mechanism is assumed), yet the event horizon would be smaller than a proton, and its gravitational field would be minuscule at radiuses larger than a proton! As a weapon, such a black hole would be lucky to collapse a couple atomic nuclei, not spaghettify whole ships or function as a navigational slingshot tool. Such an object would probably be more deadly by just having a nicely charged accretion disk, relativistic jet, or maybe an unnaturally high spin rate. The weapon that creates these BH's is summarily described as "interdimensional," but no further attempt is made to lend credibility to how such a device could exist - nor how a device could create and "fire" a concentration of energy capable of collapsing into a BH without it immediately wreaking havoc on the very device that just "fired" it. And speaking of "spaghettification", the radius of a BH event horizon hugely impacts the difference in tidal forces, such that a "practical" BH weapon would just tear materials apart, while solar-mass BH's would be able to tug on near and far parts of a falling object enough to say it might "spaghettify' something, while a supermassive BH would just gently tug an object crossing its EH.

I also had trouble continuing to suspend my disbelief when mutual AI-hacking was represented as a medieval battle inside a VR stage.

So, for some light entertainment, its all right, but I personally think there are more entertaining books to read that don't short-change the science so much. In fact, I dont think getting the science right(-enough) would weaken the story or make a novel unapproachable. It definately is better than feeding the scientifically-illiterate more illiterate-punch.

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Life can be so good,and then!

This series could keep going as far as I'm concerned!
The Story and Narration makes it all worth while!
This could be the way mankind makes it to distant star system's and what might be awaiting us there! CAN'T WAIT TO FIND OUT!!!

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if you plan to buy, dont.

If you thginking to buy, dont, this is bad ripoff of bobiverse. It was hard to listen full of crappy dialogues and stupid 180 degree shanges to the plot. As it was with "included" I managed to listrn until the end of book 2.

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good for the overall story

suspension of disbelief is critical. there are a lot military and technical things in this that are a bit hard to swallow. Also a lot of {insert Techno babble here}. Narrator is okay, but tends to voice females as if they are always on the verge of Crying. But, as with a documentary that you have to wade through to find out how they survived, this does keep you attention. don't know if I'll spend the credit for the third, it's a bit of a tossup.

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  • 05-26-21

Overall good, if you aren't too picky

First the bad: The science isn't really there. The lightning and black hole weapons just wouldn't work and the explanation is that it is stolen alien tech that was installed but not understood.
The one thing that really got me was in the first book one alien vessel almost destroys the fleet on its own. Now there is a fleet of aliens that outnumbers the mind-refurbs by 2:1 and yet they lose.

The good: Nice action, good character interplay, interesting situations.

As long as you aren't too demanding this is an enjoyable diversion.

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I had mixed feelings right up until the end.

I was thinking of maybe not getting the third book because I could see where it was going, and it did not look like it could fulfill the book’s description; then the ending came.

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laugh so hard

awsome book and zander pouting made me laugh so hard Isaac Hooke you make a great ai fleet and book

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A decent distraction from boredom

It's a unique story, but doesn't make sense so don't think about it too hard or it becomes irritating very fast.
The performance is okay except for the Clint Eastwood vibe every time Jane speaks. The first book was better, because of the mystery of the powerful enemies and the confusion of amnesia.
Unfortunately that is quickly destroyed in this book by the chatty bots controlling the mysterious ships.
The only reason this book exists is plot armour like Star trek style. Poor ensign Ricky has to do a lot of dying. The mysterious foe was almost too much for a fleet by itself. Now a fleet of those ships show up and though winning they get heavily pummeled.
Worse of all is the game changing technology they have, but never use. The microtechnology that could repair, attack, pretty much anything is never used Planetside. Worse yet they act like the droids used are living by retreating instead of self destructing near enemies.
They have a decade and new this enemy was out there waiting. They could have built multiple bases with multiple AI copies of themselves to prepare. Also in a less is more sort of thing they try to describe things that just don't mesh. Six legs with the aft feet looking like a frog feet and the front having eagle talons on a herbivore that walks.
I'm okay with this book, because I like some of the unique points, but there's a lot here that's really stupid. So I guess if you need to kill some time it's okay, but don't think to hard.

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Fantastic Sequel in the A.I. Fleet Series: Devastator, A.I. Fleet 2

Isaac Hooke has done it again. You might not guess it from the book cover or the series name (A.I. Fleet), but this is an incredible continuation of the series. The old adage, “do not judge a book by it’s cover”, definitely applies here. The audio acting is also great, and adds to the characters and their development, without detracting from the story. Even the female characters, as acted by a male, did not have grating or annoying voices, which can be tough to do.

The action in this book is amazing, and it’s almost like a covert Special Ops in space (without giving too much away). It’s totally unexpected, and a great addition to the A.I. Fleet series. Can’t wait for A.I. Fleet 3: Peacemaker Audible audio to come out!

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  • chris
  • 11-25-20

Better than the first but still poor

I tried to give this series a chance after the first one, and the book did improve when he ditched the other characters and only focused on one character but thats only because the story started to low rather than hearing "he said" "she said" every 15 seconds. Overall it is still not up to the quality of other audiobooks that are out there.

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  • Mansoor
  • 08-15-19

Don't trust the reviews

This is a great book not sure why it's getting bad reviews.

Especially like references to third rate sci FI authors lol

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  • callapa
  • 09-14-21

This is not the Bobbi verse, sadly.

Very reminiscent of BOBIVERSE series, this explains why there are negative reviews.as Bobi the other A.I. Starships mind backups are so much more human relatable

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  • BlindAlley
  • 07-17-19

I gave up!

I lost interest in the story to the extent where I just gave up on it. I haven't listened to the book all the way through and I have even considered getting a refund on it.