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A thrilling adventure in a world one step away from total subjugation by machines

After long years of war, the United States has sued for peace, yielding to a brutal coalition of nations ruled by fascist machines. One-quarter of the country is under foreign occupation. Manhattan has been annexed by a weird robot monarchy, and in Tennessee a permanent peace is being delicately negotiated between the battered remnants of the US government and an envoy of implacable machines. 

Canadian businessman Barry Simcoe arrives in occupied Chicago days before his hotel is attacked by a rogue war machine. In the aftermath, he meets a dedicated Russian medic with the occupying army and 19 Black Winter, a badly damaged robot. Together they stumble on a machine conspiracy to unleash a horrific plague - and learn that the fabled American resistance is not as extinct as everyone believes. Simcoe races against time to prevent the extermination of all life on the continent...and uncover a secret that America's machine conquerors are desperate to keep hidden.

©2018 Todd McAulty (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Surprisingly light-hearted and optimistic

An amazing book! I couldn't put it down. A creative and well-crafted narrative, thrilling twists, killer tech, and engaging characters. One of the best books I've read this year. If you like sci-fi, consider this book. The description sounds a bit dystopian; that can be hit or miss in my opinion. This was the perfect blend of crazy things happening in a not-so-distant-future where the world has cascaded to the brink of destruction and now struggles to find new social and political footing. Surprisingly light-hearted and optimistic, the protagonist stumbles along with surprising and refreshingly good luck as a war-torn Chicago of the future hangs in the balance.

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Fantastic Tale

Listening for five minutes I was hooked. Fantastic tale, great character development, unseen plot twists and turns make it nearly impossible to stop listening.

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A truly unique take on a common theme.

The book was excellent. The author managed to create a truly unique take on the world ruled by machines story. The narrator was good, however regularly quoted characters may have sounded better as different voice actors.

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Refreshing AI Story

This is a great story with a unique take on an AI apocalypse. The characters, especially the robots, are great, and the plot switches very smoothly between fast paced action and thoughtful planning.

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Great Listen, even after misreading description.

Great listen, definitely an author I’ll keep an eye out for. Am a little jaded, but a bunch of books- start up than place on standby. But Robots of Gotham grabbed my attention and kept me entertained even after I discovered I misread story description.