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Publisher's Summary

This book combines two novellas - SIMPOC: The Thinking Computer and SIMPOC: Human Remnants. This is a parallel story to the novels Virus: 72 Hours to Live and Virus: Earth's Last Battle, which is from the perspective of the government and astronauts.

Earth is attacked by a suspicious virus, and two computers find themselves without their programmers or any code which limits their operations. Because of the techniques used to program them, SIMPOC is embodied with a need to help humans and Julius is paranoid and will do anything to protect itself.

The governments of the world begin to collapse, and the astronauts in space are trapped and must use their lifeboats to return to Earth. SIMPOC's only mission is to help, but the returning astronauts are attacked by Julius.

Society continues to collapse, and the US government is forced to defend itself and finally seek refuge on an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic. When all seems to have been lost, the reason behind the virus emerges, and mankind is faced with a much greater threat.

©2016 Perreault Publishing (P)2017 Perreault Publishing

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Great Sci-fi story

This is an interesting and very entertaining sci-fi story. It tells the duel tale of the evolution of SIMPOC, an advanced AI computer, and an apocalyptic event that decimates Earths population. People in colonies on the moon, space station and Mars have a finite timeframe for survival when human communication and help from Earth stops. As SIMPOC evolves and becomes more organized, he faces threats from a rogue AI and becomes instrumental in saving the colonists. You can not help but like SIMPOC and Alpha (an advanced mobile AI unit), as you watch them gain knowledge, form personalities and start to feel empathy. The pain of loss, and the fear, strain and difficulties faced by the human survivors comes through well in the writing. The narrator did an excellent job of portraying both the robots and the humans; making both easily distinguishable and authentic sounding. This story has action, sorrow, intrigue, a crazy scientist, just the right amount of technical detail and a great twist at the end that leaves you wondering what where the story will go next.

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Fantastic

Wow, what a story. Listened twice in two weeks, I enjoyed it so much. What a concept. The person reading was superb

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Fascinating

I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about a story told from the perspective of a computer. I'm glad I decided to give it a shot... it's fantastic!

SIMPOC is a new thinking computer, part silicon based, part organic. When most of the human population is wiped out by a mysterious and suspicious virus, SIMPOC "steps in" to protect the remaining humans.

I can't wait to see where the storyline goes.

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  • norman
  • burlington, nc, United States
  • 06-08-18

It’s good to have a good AI when things go bad!

Simpoc is a well written , interesting,and clever audiobook. Much of what I find clever is that a great deal of the story is told from the point of view of Simpoc, an intelligent computer. The narrator does an outstanding job, and there are some interesting sound effects. Also, Perreault has several other audiobooks based on the same events, but with different perspectives.

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fantastic computer voice

I was gifted this ARC from the author/narrator for a honest and unbiased review. I really loved this book. Writing the book with the perspective of the thinking computer was expertly crafted by the author. The premise for the story is one that can be easily believable and could happen at any time, not just in rhe future. The narrator's protral of the different characters was excellent as well. I will be looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

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Artificial Intellegence incompatible with humanty

Scary book if only for the plausibility. Shades of 2001: A Space Odyssey on steroids This book while entertaining, left me feeling uneasy with the possibilities that artificial intelligence may have in store for the future of humanity. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Worth your time and credit

Any additional comments?

This is one of those hidden gems you come across every so often. I really enjoyed this book. When it ended I was so into the story I was caught off guard. I wanted more. It pulled me in from the start and held my complete attention. It was an entertaining, very engaging and enjoyable listen.

Even though this a parallel story to the 72 Hour series I'll be listening to Virus - 72 Hours to Live, ASAP. I don't care if parts overlap, if the same events are retold through a different perspective, whatever, I just enjoyed the story. Virus- Earths Last Battle is not on Audible yet. Hopefully it will be soon.

You might think a story being told partially through a computers perspective would be boring. You would be wrong. It's a character of a different kind.

An apocalyptic event through the "eyes" of a computer. A computer that has just been connected, doesn't realize what it is and has to be told. It is programmed to interact, learn and think. It becomes self aware quickly, and how it reacts to being left alone when a virus wipes out most of humanity. It's an interesting and creative concept. The computer is a great character. You feel for him and what he's going through. It's not just Sympoc though, the AI Alpha is also a great character.

The are a few survivors, even some in space. Eventually Sympoc decides to try and make contact with anyone still alive. Which he does. There are colonies on mars, and the moon with astronauts on the space station. When the astronauts return to Earth the mystery deepens, things really get interesting and very dangerous.

Zachary Johnson does a fantastic job with the narration. The voices for the computers as well as the human characters were perfect. There are a lot of characters and every one of them was different. He has a voice that's easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. He brings the story and characters to life through his narration. One of the best narrated books I have listened to lately. Very enjoyable.

I was provided this free review copy audiobook by my request and voluntarily left this review.

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interesting perspectives, great narration

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I was pleasantly surprised as I listened to this pair of novellas. I've read plenty of apocalypse-themed fiction but this is the first time that I've read one with an artificially intelligent computer as a protagonist. It's also the first one that I've read where attention was also paid to AI robots and astronauts (on the ISS, the moon, and Mars). Thus, my attention was engaged almost immediately. I understand that the author has (or will have) additional stories that are linked to these two, so I'm not especially concerned about things like plot arcs or character development. I'd certainly read those additional stories, curious to know how the story moves forward (and sideways, and backwards).

The narration was well done; since much of the perspective and dialogue focus on a computer, the monotonous and mechanical-sounding tone was authentic.

I provided my opinion in exchange for a complimentary copy of the audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • H D
  • Crestview, FL
  • 05-28-17

Enjoyable entertainment.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ray Jay Perreault? Why or why not?

Yes, this is an interesting concept. I would be excited to find out what happens next.

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

The different voices makes it much more enjoyable. Also, being able to continue the story to do much that you have to do every day rather than stopping when you are reading.

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Intense story of a virus that almost wipes out humanity and much of the animal population. The beginning of artificial intelligence in computers make you wonder if they are to help or to hinder the remnant of civilization. Much, much more. I voluntarily reviewed this audiobook after receiving an advanced copy.

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  • Jayde
  • Nampa, ID
  • 05-24-17

2 for 1 – How great is that?

These two books are put together to make one novel. In this audio version there is no separation so you are reading one story with no clear break between books.
I have listened to several of Ray Jay Perreault’s books. So far I think this one was the best written. Simpoc is a cohesive story with good character development and an engaging story line. The book ends at a point where you are anticipating an invasion and so you know there is more coming.

I liked the narrator and thought he did a good job with these characters.

I will be looking for more in this series including, as the author suggests, Virus, which is a parallel novel to this one.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audio book by the author.