SIMPOC - Human Remnants

SIMPOC, Book 2
Narrated by: Zachary Johnson
Series: SIMPOC, Book 2
Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Joan Herl the commander of the space station Oasis and her husband Colonel Tom Herl contact Admiral Hagerly, who is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He, President Patterson, and the remainder of the government have taken refuge on the aircraft carrier Fittsburg in the middle of the Atlantic. The few remaining humans welcome the returning crew members from the moon colony Desert Beach.

One of the Oasis crew members, Dr. Julius Harold steels the key elements of the rogue computer and flees. They both have ulterior motives.

The remaining population of the human race must find a way to deal with the tremendous loss as individuals, humans, and for the entire planet.

After they have dealt with the aftermath and began putting their lives back together, the likely explanation for the sudden virus appears, and they must find a way to deal with the next great threat to their lives. The coincidence is too unlikely to believe. Now they have to band together and face the second direst impact to the human race.

©2014 Raymond J Perreault (P)2015 Raymond J Perreault

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Another thrilling book in the SIMPOC series that reveals more of why the human race was all but wiped out! The adventures of the remaining people as they struggle to come to terms with the loss of their loved ones, prepare for the coming of forces possibly too great to imagine.

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Okay

The series just doesn't do anything for me. It's only just okay.

- - Gifted copy thru audioblast - -
L.

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Addictive series can't wait for the next book.

Would you consider the audio edition of SIMPOC - Human Remnants to be better than the print version?

I would have to say better because I love the way Zachary Johnson narrates.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alpha, I am liking the mobile version of SIMPOC.

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

Yes, because I really enjoyed the first book and with the second book there is more human character development.

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Great series, not to take away how the story is presented but I would have loved to learn more about the characters. I keep wondering how this story would have developed if this was a full fledged novel. But I understand that the author wants to stay spontaneous when he writes so I get why he wrote it this way. Not only I am looking forward for the next book in the series but I have my eyes on the other book about this series: "Virus: 72 hours to live" which is almost 10 hours long. I am in Audible heaven!!!

*I received a free copy of this audio book for an honest review.*

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Mankind is on the brink of extinction.

This book continues the story started in SIMPOC, where humanity has been placed on the brink of survival by a virulent disease while the two thinking computers fight theor own battles for their agendas. With an action packed plot, interesting characters and compelling villains, this was an excellent continuation of the story, and I can't wait to get into the spinoff books.
Narration was handled quite well by Zachary Johnson, who did a good job bringing the characters and story to life.

I was volunaritly given a free review copy of this audiobook by the Author.

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Great followup to Book 1

Would you listen to SIMPOC - Human Remnants again? Why?

In a couple years, sure.

What other book might you compare SIMPOC - Human Remnants to and why?

Aside from the first one, I don't know that I can... its quite unique and can't really be compared to most other books I've read. Don't misinterpret what I'm saying, it's fresh and amazing. I love this and the first. Looking forward to reading the rest of Perreault's collection.

Which scene was your favorite?

When in California, we're stopped by two locals that think they'll get the drop on the lead robotic commander, Alpha. While the scene is probably 1/2 a page, it's powerful and has stuck with me for the rest of the book.

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

Yes, Perreault's books have that quality about them.

Any additional comments?

This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. I don't 5-star everything, check my other reviews as an example. This is a solid book, definitely worth your time.

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It definitely has an Andromeda Strain/Space Odysse

I'm a bit sad that I didn't read SIMPOC the Thinking Computer before this book. I think I would have understood things a lot quicker and enjoyed the story faster. Despite this, I enjoyed the story. It definitely has an Andromeda Strain/Space Odyssey vibe. It does have a bit of a cliffhanger just before the climax of the overall series, so that's a bit of a shame.

I listened to the audio version and Zachary Johnson did a decent job narrating the computer parts, but overall he missed out on characterization. All the voices and narration used the same voice, so it was difficult to tell the characters apart. But his pacing was good.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

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The fight for survival really begins

This is a satisfying continuation to Simpoc Book 1. With so many questions left in the first of the series, it’s nice to start getting an answer to the question of where the virus came from (granted I still want to know how...I guess I'm hooked). I look forward to finding out what happens next and seeing how the survivors continue dealing with the aftermath of the virus and the revelations about its origins.

I received this book at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

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Unbelievable

The narrator was absolutely fantastic. I listened to the story all at one time. Had me holding my breath

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Humans & computers regroup after a pandemic

Earth has been hit by a sudden, fast-moving, extremely lethal virus, of unknown origin. Most of the human race has been killed, without even the time to identify the origins of the virus.

Now most of the human race is dead, and the survivors are working to pull their remnants together and save the species and hopefully civilization.

We follow Joan Herl, commander of the Oasis space station, which supported the research colonies on the Moon and Mars, and her husband, Colonel Tom Herl; the US President, and other political and military leaders representing what's left of the US government; the intelligent computers, SIMPOC, Alpha 1, and others, whose programming leads them to choose to support the humans; and Dr. Julius Howard, who sees an opportunity, using his intelligent computer, to become ruler of the world.

They all have serious challenges ahead of them, and more mysteries and challenges to discover. The death toll has been so high--it's possible that fewer than 100,000 humans are left alive--that they've all lost most of the people they knew and cared about, and they need to build a new society in the wake of that. The characters are likable (except, of course, Julius and his intelligent computer), and interesting. The pace moves, the choices make sense, and despite being set in the aftermath of a pandemic that has nearly wiped out the human race (no, I can't explain why I decided to listen to it just now), it's got a surprisingly upbeat tone.

Recommended.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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Book 1 hooked me - and now the plot thickens!

As if the first book wasn't enough of an exploration of an unparalleled event, when I opened Book 2 things accelerated - and a quest for survival of our species takes an unexpected turn for the overwhelming. Characters you already care about and some well developed newcomers add to pulling you into the storyline. Never a dull moment seems to be a good description of this continuation of an epic with unlimited potential

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  • Norma Miles
  • 11-29-16

"...everyone simply went home to wait for the end"

Would you consider the audio edition of SIMPOC - Human Remnants to be better than the print version?

Listening to Zachary Johnson's narration brings a greater immediacy to the audio version than simply reading the book. Although far less than in SIMPOC, the Thinking Computer, the story is told partially through the communications and Mr.Johnson's rendering of the voices of several computers is supsrb, making them sound authentically mechanical but still easy on the ear. Far from them seeming just bland, he manages to invest SIMPOK and Alpha, in particular with an internal feeling which shows through the unemotional reading whilst completely differentiating them from the human protagonists.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Most definitely Alpha who not only protects his human charges but also observes, learning to understand human responses and in so doing developing emotionally.himself.

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This is not the usual disaster story format and the interwoven series just keeps getting better. Having now moved from the computer's perception of the viral spread, then through the same scenarios from the human perspective, this book has taken both forward from where Virus, 72 Hours to Live left off ... and has now introduced yet another element. I am so looking forward to finding out what happens next. Brilliant.
Highly recommended.

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  • Tony Bough
  • 03-07-16

Really enjoyable.

What made the experience of listening to SIMPOC - Human Remnants the most enjoyable?

Loads of action, astronauts trapped in space, catastrophic events happening on earth, evil scientists, great human characters, and at the middle of it all is Simpoc, the altruistic computer that has become self-aware and wishes to help us. Very well written

What was one of the most memorable moments of SIMPOC - Human Remnants?

I really liked the beginning and describing the viral situation. It sets the tone of the novel well. Naming the virus after a cheese-like symptom is interesting.

What does Zachary Johnson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Great pace, an easy to listen to voice. I enjoyed the narration.

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

The virus hits and we have everyone left alive in space but a computer on earth. Is this what the future holds?

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.