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Romo's Journey

The Turing Files, Book 1
Narrated by: Paul J. Joseph
Series: The Turing Files, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
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Romo awakens in a cargo bay having no memory of who he was before. He has a body now, which is new to him. Previously he was something entirely different. Now he's a robot. The machine his program was installed into was designed for use in space, but it's hardly adequate to accommodate his artificial intelligence, and it will be difficult to upgrade its crude components to perform even at human-like efficiency. His camera eyes are low resolution, and his hands were designed for menial tasks. The other robots in the hold are the same as him physically, but they are not conscious or self-aware, as he is. His mind expands to possess the robot body but also to establish his surroundings. Where is he? Who put him there and why?

The ship is intended to ferry 100 colonists to Mars, along with numerous supplies, including robots like himself. Who will he trust? His AI was not programmed with any explanation concerning who he is, but he is aware of two things: He knows he is in danger of destruction, and he must get as far away from humans as he can. But he suspects that the humans on the ship are not his enemies, and he will need their help to survive and find his answers. The space ship is bound for Mars. That is where he must go.

The captain of the Santa Maria thought he'd seen everything until he met Romo. The Robo-Naut systems in the hold were intended to be remote operated by humans. Up until now, they did not operate themselves, let alone ask for asylum, which is what Romo is doing. The captain's daughter Peach, however, is young enough to believe in miracles and cleaver enough to make them happen. Still a teenager, she is abnormally intelligent but finds herself alone among most of her peers. She and her father were abandoned by her mother, a woman with a dark secret that only grows darker with time. Peach finds solace in hacking and solving puzzles. She prides herself on knowing all that goes on, particularly those things she's not supposed to. And she considers Romo to be the greatest gift she's ever been given. She and her friend Wizard help Romo rebuild and upgrade himself.

Through his friendship with both Peach and Wizard, Romo discovers that he has an innate sense of loyalty and that he can experience many of the feelings humans do, including a natural urge to protect and defend those he cares for. And he's particularly protective of Peach.

But the mission is in jeopardy before they even begin their main acceleration toward Mars. Saboteurs have damaged the radiation shield on the engine with the intention of poisoning the colonists and crew before they reach Mars to colonize it. And they couldn't have accomplished this without somebody on the mission being a traitor.

©2018 Paul J. Joseph (P)2018 Paul J. Joseph

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Sci-Fi Fun!

Romo doesn’t remember a single thing about his life prior to waking up in a carbo bay. Thus, begins Romo’s Journey! Although he has a body, it is inferior as it is, he sets about building a better one with the help of a young female human, Peach. Peach is a talented creator who can create and install almost anything. Her dad, the captain of the space ship they are on heading to Mars is not quite sure how to move forward with Romo. Throw in some money-hungry saboteurs and you have an adventure!

Paul Joseph both wrote and narrated the audiobook. The storyline of the audiobook was well written. Joseph is a detailed writer who does a good job with imagery through words. His characters were well-developed, and his narration added more depth to the story. I enjoyed Romo’s learning and journey.

I am not a fan of music in or theatrically performed audiobooks as they tend to be too loud or over the top. This one was not. The music was tastefully done and did not override any of the narration.

I am curious as to where and what further adventures Romo takes with Peach on Mars!

If you enjoy sci-fi stories, this is an excellent audiobook for you. It's well done and interesting.


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The narration could of been alot better with a proper narrator. Not a fan of this story.

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great story great author

Great story about space travel, robots, and espionage. it has a unique story line that is a great listen... I cant wait to read the rest of them