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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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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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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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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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Pure sci-fi at its best

Humanity has been virtually decimated. There are barely a few hundred thousand people left. There are two AI computers battling each other. One enslaving what’s left of humanity and one trying to save it. Will there be any society left to salvage. And now there is something else about to happen that will change things even more. Good luck to all. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Human side to SIMPOC 2

This book is the continuation to ‘Virus: 72 Hours to Live‘, and the human side of ‘SIMPOC 2‘. Here we witness how the humans left on Earth get ready for what is coming.

I always enjoy Perreault’s books. He proposes a believable scenarios with down to earth characters. I remember enjoying the SIMPOC novels, and the Virus series is an expansion of it. I missed some of the technical aspects from SIMPOC but I think the Virus series is more approachable for the general public.

There are several events happening in parallel, and the tension is palpable for most of the book. I grew especially attached to Joan and her husband. I found it a bit surprising that SIMPOC 2 and this book tell the same events from different POV’s (AI’s vs. humans) and the length of the later is three times of SIMPOC 2. In my opinion, this book drags a bit in some parts, and the surprise factor is mostly gone if you have read SIMPOC 2. Nevertheless, both novels complement each other well, but I still prefer the ones from the AI’s POV.

The first book and both SIMPOC novels had been narrated by Zachary Johnson, so I was surprised that for this one Perreault decided to change and have a completely different production, with several narrators and sound effects. The background sounds were lower than in other audiobooks, which I am glad for, but the sound effects applied to some of the voices sacrificed intelligibility. For me, an audiobook is something that I can listen to at any time of the day, and that allows me to multitask. If sound FX and other things like music are introduced, it becomes a different kind of product, to be listened in a quiet environment and a different level of attention. Sadly, this is just not for me, but I see the appeal that it can have for some people.

The book ends on a cliffanger, like SIMPOC 2. I am anxious to know what’s next, I’m sure Perreault has something good in store for us.

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

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Worth your time and credit.

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After a virus has wiped out most of the population on the planet those left both on Earth and those in space struggle to survive the aftermath.

Thoroughly enjoyable. Having already listened to SIMPOC previously I was really looking forward to this book and was not disappointed. It pulled me in from the start and held my complete attention from start to finish. I was one of those people who after listening to SIMPOC wanted the other side of the story and this book filled in all those lingering questions/sides. This book was no less engaging or enjoyable even though parts of it are the same story being told from the human POV. At the same time it's different. Even though you know how some things are going to turn out it still has enough little twists to keep the story fresh, the action moving and the suspense building keeping you glued to the story. It's definitley worth your time and credit.

What happens when computers become self aware enough to make decisions on their own and become independent thinkers? What happens when humans can no longer control them? What happens when their coarse of action contradicts what is best for humanity? Add in a delusional scientist and suddenly surviving a virus and an altered world is not the only thing they will have to survive.

While overall I really enjoyed the story and the narration at the same time the narration was so well done it was distracting at times. I know that sounds contradictory but SIMPOC and Alpha are AI characters and the narration with a computerized edge for them was fantastic as well as annoying at the same time.

George Napier did a fantastic job with the narration. Even though at times I would have liked just a little more normal narration the narration is actually fantastic. You can tell the work and dedication that went into bringing this story to life. Nice voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Really good character voices both male and female. Even with my slight complaint the narration is very enjoyable and entertaining.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.

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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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  • Jayde
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  • 11-21-17

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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  • 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