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This is the second book in the Virus series, which parallels the SIMPOC series.

A suspicious virus has killed 99.99997 percent of the people. A ruthless warlord who moved into the White House attacked the government at Camp David. The president moved the remaining government to an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic and left a military unit to deal with the warlord.

The decimated US Navy is still functional. They must defend themselves from the remnants of militaries with a grudge against the US that use the opportunity to get revenge.

Joan Herl and her remaining space station Oasis crew returned to Earth, and a computer playing by different rules attacked them. Their only ally was the first thinking computer SIMPOC and his surrogate Alpha. Dr. Julius, who was one of the moon colony crew members, steals the research for thinking computers, and with his expertise he creates another computer that rivals SIMPOC and who starts making its own plans.

Eventually, they all find out why the virus started and who is responsible.

©2015 Raymond J Perrealt (P)2017 Raymond J Perreault

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Virus

The virus is a bit tough topic. A terrible virus has killed most of the people. Whether you're a sci fi fan this is fun to listen .

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Last Battle

This book goes behind the scenes of the second SIMPOC book and gives the background stories the other characters. The way the government and astronauts dealt with the virus made a ton of sense. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes SciFi story

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Cools scifi story of AI

Enjoyed the twist halfway through the book !
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Good background

I thought this was very interesting, fast pace, suspenseful, filled with action pack suspense. However I have not read the first book in this series and felt like I was missing out. I do feel it would be better to listen to book 1 which I am sure will give you less confusion when listening to this one. Even with the above I thought it was a very interesting listen.

Mr. Perreault narration was pretty good with great sound effect which made it more realistic. He character voices were very pleasant. Male and female voices were very nice, you know who is talking and what they are feeling. I didn’t hear any volume changes however his computer voices were a little hard to understand. There are no background noises or any repeating of words. I thought it was a nice clean audio.

In this addition you will find the virus has just about killed everyone and the ones that made it are on other planets or moving to places they think will be saver. Even the government is left with no one to govern but they must find a safe place to start over. The author goes into some in depth story line that does hold your attention. I thought it was a good listen but you really should listen to book one to find out what happened before this story starts. I think this is great backup for the first book going more into key facts that book 1 left out.

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Good story but sound effects can be annoying

Ray Jay Perreault writes good sci-fi. He has good ideas and does a reasonable job executing those ideas to his readers/listeners. I do think he needs better editors. As with most of his stories this one is full of inconsistencies. This one even goes so far as to get events counting aliens out of order. 12 plus 12 is not 36 and the second 12 passing the moon is in the story well before the second 12 is entering the solar system.
Other than these somewhat minor points, I think these stories are well worth listening to. They are creative and action packed and the plot keeps moving nicely.

This audiobook was a move in a new direction for the narration. George Napier and Soundware Media did a full sound effect production for this book. Most were appropriate however there was just too much noise most of the time to make for a good listen. It was a good attempt but just maybe it went overboard on the sound effects. One truly odd note was a phone ringing in the background. No one answered it and it did not fit in the story. (Most of the population is dead… who’s calling who?)

I was offered a free copy of this book in audio format by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Superb

Just another great in this amazing series of books. Impossible not to love and listen to more than once.

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Great Sci-fi

I love the SIMPOC series! I've loved each book so far and this is no exception. I wasn't too crazy about the narration this time though. The series is set in the future after a virus has wiped out most of humanity. SIMPOC is an AI trying to help the survivors. This is great apocalyptic sci-fi!

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AIs Viruses and Aliens - This Story Has Everything

A well written story by an author who really knows his stuff. The story line is very complex with multiple characters and settings spanning from Earth to Mars so it takes awhile to get everything sorted out.
The characters are well voiced and once you figure out who goes where, it's a great story that you'll hate to have to turn off.
in the Epilogue, Perreault promises a second story. I'll be very interested in seeing where this one goes.

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Entertaining SciFi story

This audiobook is a variation of the SIMPOC story but told from the human POV rather that the AI’s. A virus has wiped out most of the worlds population and this story details how the remaining populous, both on Earth and in space, cope with the devolution of society and the prominence of intelligent computers. An entertaining SciFi story that’s a bit slow in the beginning but soon heats up. The narrator did a good job but I did find the background beeps and noises a bit distracting. It is a well written story that has some great surprises.

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  • norman
  • burlington, nc, United States
  • 11-03-17

Interesting concepts and fast moving

This is a very interesting novel. Good concepts, fast paced, and a lot going on. I hadn’t read the previous novel in this series, or the Simpoc novel, set in the same scenario. It would be better to read those works first. I am looking forward to the next novel in the series. Anyone who enjoys fast paced, apocalyptic science fiction should enjoy this series.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 11-28-17

It is I, Alpha. It is I. SIMPOC.

A superb science fiction audiobook, with great story, narration and production.

A virus, 100% lethal to all who contract it, mysteriously and simultaneously broke out around the world leaving a surviving population estimated at only one to two hundred thousand, the majority of these being on vessels at sea. In addition to these people, there are a handful of humans in settlements on the Moon and Mars but, without ongoing Earth supplies, their futures look unsustainable and they have to decide whether to remain where they are or attempt to get home.

In the US, the President is a leader 'without people to lead'. The threat of even more destruction, this time between survivors, is present as remnants of nations still maintain old style political grudges and fears. Plus two new beings, thinking computers, the first of their kind and very different by virtue of their separate creators, are fast growing in power and understanding of the world they have come to inhabit. Friends, or just another blow to the remnants of humanity?

This wide ranging and detailed story moves between locations and major players, seeing the situations, as they arise, through individual eyes and it constantly presents the reader with the question, ';What would I do?' George Napier's narration and production is excellent, with protagonists individually and clearly voiced (including the different computers!), the connecting text read with clarity and good intonation, and sound effects throughout adding to the frightening feeling of reality. It really is a fully rounded performance, an audible experience not just a reading. Very impressive. As the various groups begin to interact more fully, the excitement and tension mounts until ...

Well, you'll have to read the book to find out what happens.

Best read after the initial story, which tells of the development of SIMPOC and of the viral outbreak worldwide, but this is not essential.
Highly recommended.

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  • Tony Bough
  • 11-18-17

A stand-out series. A must for fans of the genre!

This is such a great book from an incredible series. The Characters are amazing. The way that the computer characters are portrayed feels so real in terms of their development through the books and portrayal throughout. The story is incredible and has me hooked. I love the multiple places that we have from earth to colonies. The way that the story is brought to life in terms of what goes on as the world falls apart is so incredibly plausible. Once again the character development goes hand in hand with a great story.

The narration is great. I like it in terms of both the way that it sweeps the story along and also the way it brings the characters to life.

A really great audiobook!! One of my favourite in fact. Such a good story!!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review