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Myers is a Relic. Cast out of society by a computer program that's far more efficient at managing and regulating human life than any human ever could be.

The System is running everyone's life. It's quickly becoming smarter than humans, and it no longer has any need for leaders like Myers. There's a technological singularity coming, and only Myers knows how to stop it.

The problem? He doesn't remember anything from the past 15 years. And now he's being hunted.

©2017 Nick Thacker (P)2017 Nick Thacker, Turtleshell Press

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Very interesting future Will be getting the others

Part techno-thriller, part chase movie. The book was written in a way that you can easily visualize all the action. It was very fast paced and did an excellent job with the science behind the main plot. very well told story by both the writer and the narrator. Definitely will be getting the other two books. Will also be looking for other works by this author.

This audiobook was given to me free and I have left a voluntary review.

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Lots of action but little character interest

I liked the idea for the premise, but had trouble getting into this one. I found the story unstructured and did not care about the characters. There was a lot of action, but I had no reason to care what happened.

It was a bit like reading an account of a boxing match where you are given a blow by blow account of what's going on, but you don't know anything about either contender and have absolutely nothing invested in it. Well, boxer A takes a hard right from boxer b, then boxer A dodges and lands a blow to the midsection. Um . . . good, I guess? What now?

It got a little better as it progressed, but I suppose I just need more sooner. I never felt like I got my time's worth from this one.

I was given this book for free at my request from the author, publisher or narrator and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected my opinions.


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Interesting premises but poor execution

Myers wakes up in the middle of nowhere finding out that he is a Relic in a world controlled by a very advanced AI. He has no memories from his past life, and when entering Istanbul he discovers that he is wanted. Myers will get some glimpses of his past while he tries to understand how the world now works.

I was looking forward to this book, since the premises were very interesting and I usually enjoy books about dystopian societies; but I was not able to get into this one. The story felt disjointed and confusing at times. I know many details were hidden from the reader so that we could discover things along with Myers, but I missed some background, descriptions, and in general a clearer view about the world and Myers’ surroundings.

I found all the characters terribly one-dimensional. We get some details here and there but not enough to have fully fleshed characters. I just didn’t care for them, their past, or their future. I would also like to mention that there were no important female characters in the story. There were just two secondary female characters and one was really caricaturesque.

There is some technical babble that didn’t make a lot of sense to me. Basically, computers had a static IP address, and one of the characters was trying to hook a machine for his own purposes with a dynamic IP address, and this could be detected by the AI and rejected. Well, in real life, one can have indeed static and dynamic IP addresses. If there is no DHCP server then all machines will have static IP addresses, and one configured to get one dynamically will just not get any. Period. Normally, on an organization there is a DHCP server assigning dynamic IP addresses to the machines on the network. You can hook up a machine with a static IP address, but you need to be careful to avoid duplicates. This is why what was exposed in the book didn’t make sense at all. A machine with a dynamic IP address configuration just can’t get an IP if there is no DHCP server. The situation described in the book was opposite to a regular scenario.

The concept of singularity in this story was not very well explained, and I was kind of lost most of the time. I still don’t know how some important events in the book are related. There was plenty of action, and in this sense it was an entertaining book, but I missed some more substantial background. Sadly, this book failed at making me curious about it. Not sure I will continuing with the series.

David S. Dear delivered a great narration, transmitting the characters’ emotions and making distinctions among voices, so that all characters were easily recognizable. Dear’s narration really improved this story. It was the only thing that pushed forward me to finish this book.

It saddens me that this could have been a great story but it just felt like a draft that needed to be more developed and polished.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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Good but seemed incomplete

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This one was kind of like several post apocalyptic, technology has taken over movies. I liked how the main character has lost all his memories and has to deal with being hunted. I found it odd that he didn't know who he was, but he knew his wife and kids... That wasn't that big a deal, but the big thing I had issue with was the ending, or lack there of. I'm wondering if this was originally intended to be part of a larger book, or what. I think, if there is an omnibus edition with all, or most of the books, it would be better. The narrator was very good, and made the characters come alive. For what it was, it was an enjoyable experience.

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Action packed sci-fi thriller

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Relics: One<br/>Written by: Nick Thacker<br/>Narrated by: David S. Dear<br/>This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. <br/>I really liked this book. It had all the makings of a big 4 star. A guy wakes up in a desert and doesn't know who he is. His mind is wiped clean of many memories but some are kept intact. He knows his wife, kids, but he doesn't know who he is. He soon learns there is a bounty on his head. When he finally pieces some things together, he was the President a several years prior and now the System, a technology, is running everything. It is action packed and pretty good. The only thing that kept me from giving this book the big 4 stars is it just stops. Dead. No warning, no wind down. So I guess to finish the book, you have to go to the next book.<br/>The up side is the narration was awesome. The voice change was perfect for each character, and it kept up with the action and so I got excited when he did! LOL. He really helped the book out too. Great job.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-18-17

RUN!

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"What's the alternative to a plan?" Myers wakes up not knowing where he is, or why he's there. He can't even remember who he is. But he is alone, nothing in sight except a ruined city. So he goes there. Which is where he discovers he is running for his life.<br/>After a really intriguing story start, the plot slowly unwinds as a vision of the society is disclosed. And it is a terrifying one of computer control.<br/>It is fast paced and action packed as well as being replete with technical stuff which, I confess, I didn't understand but which added to the authenticity. As well as battle scenes and computer programs, there's subdefuge and double dealing. Unfortunately, just as the story was reaching a peak, it ended, obviously to be continued. But this was annoying, nevertheless.<br/><br/>The excellent David Dear was the narrator - always a pleasure to listen to his pleasant voice reading: clear, well cadenced and with distinct voicings for all of the protagonists. I received a complimentary copy of Relics: One, at my request, from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. This is obviously set be be a thrilling series, or serial, rather. Although it is an exciting listen, please note that at least one other book, and possibly more, will need to be purchased to complete the story.