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The starship Ariel is on a mission of the utmost secrecy, upon which the fate of thousands of lives depend. Though the ship is a mile long, its six crew are crammed into a space barely large enough for them to stand.

Five are officers, geniuses in their field. The other is Will Kuno-Monet, the man responsible for single-handedly running a ship comprised of the most dangerous and delicate technology that mankind has ever devised. He is the Roboteer.

Roboteer is a hard-SF novel set in a future in which the colonization of the stars has turned out to be anything but easy and civilization on Earth has collapsed under the pressure of relentless mutual terrorism. Small human settlements cling to barely habitable planets. Without support from a home world, they have had to develop ways of life heavily dependent on robotics and genetic engineering.

Then, out of the ruins of Earth's once great empire, a new force arises - a world-spanning religion bent on the conversion of all mankind to its creed. It sends fleets of starships to reclaim the colonies. But the colonies don't want to be reclaimed. Mankind's first interstellar war begins. It is dirty, dangerous and hideously costly.

Will is a man bred to interface with the robots that his home world, Galatea, desperately needs to survive. He finds himself sent behind enemy lines to discover the secret of their newest weapon. What he discovers will transform their understanding of both science and civilization forever...but at a cost. But they broke free and evolved, and now the human race is almost finished.

Once we spanned dozens of star systems; now only four remain, and Earth is being evacuated. But the Photes can infect us, and among the thousands rescued from our home world maybe enemy agents. Tiny colonies struggle to house the displaced. Our warships are failing. The end of humanity has come. But on a distant planet shielded from both humanity and the Photurians, one hope may still live. The only person who might be able to intervene.

The Roboteer. He is trapped in a hell of his own making and does not know he is needed. And so a desperate rescue mission is begun. But can he be reached in time? Or will he be the last remnant of humanity in the universe?

©2017 Alex Lamb (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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How come all the 5 stars?

yes, I struggled to finish this. I just couldn't get into the shallow characters and found the story uninspiring. Bought this on the ratings and the book is going back. I have absolutely no interest in "reading " the next installment.

Back to relistening to my Silver Ships and Crimson Refugees books while I wait for the next installment.

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  • Raymond D.
  • 10-31-17

I was hesitant due to the title, but......

I thought the title was a bit naff sounding, so I thought I'd give it a whirls anyway. I drive hundreds of mile a week with work and need to kept alert on my travels. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book ( and the next one ). It wasn't nearly as predictable as I thought and has great action scenes and lots of layers of intrigue and strong characters. I'm quite hard to please and this has been a good one. Currently enjoying the second and looking forward to the final one in the trilogy.

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  • Alexander Torres
  • 09-28-17

Not worth the bother. At all.

I saw the hype and the 5-star reviews, and decided the book was worth a try. "Hits the ground running" says the Guardian, but fails to mention it stumbles and falls flat on its face not long into the run.

The story is impressively unengaging, with one-dimensional characters you feel no empathy for. There is an effort on the part of the author to paint a coherent picture of a colonised galaxy of the future, but it comes across as pallid and shallow.

The book is so clichéd it makes you physically cringe ("He's all we've got! He single-handedly saved the fleet! We're a tiny crew on a gigantic vessel!"). The narrative isn't bad, but perhaps a bit too overly-garnished with fancy wording.

And the performance. Dear Lord, the delivery is so awful it would have ruined everything on its own. It made finishing this book a seemingly unending hardship to finish. For starters, the sound quality is amateurish and horrible, with poor treatment of plosives. The narrator's cadence is unbelievably terrible, with pauses in some of the stupidest places imaginable, and in nearly every sentence. And the character voices! Absolutely and utterly rubbish, mostly consisting of gasping croaks and croaking gasps, verging on the inaudible. And the remaining characterizations sound like the character is straining over a toilet. If you want to listen to this book in the street or anywhere else with the tiniest amount of ambient noise, you'll have to keep rewinding the recording and straining your ears due to the pathetically uneven narration, with the sentences blurted out at the beginning and then sounding like the narrator is slowly expiring.

I really wouldn't bother with this one at all. Nothing new, nothing worthwhile.

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