Joan Herl the commander of the space station Oasis and her husband Colonel Tom Herl contact Admiral Hagerly, who is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He, President Patterson, and the remainder of the government have taken refuge on the aircraft carrier Fittsburg in the middle of the Atlantic. The few remaining humans welcome the returning crew members from the moon colony Desert Beach.
One of the Oasis crew members, Dr. Julius Harold steels the key elements of the rogue computer and flees. They both have ulterior motives.
The remaining population of the human race must find a way to deal with the tremendous loss as individuals, humans, and for the entire planet.
After they have dealt with the aftermath and began putting their lives back together, the likely explanation for the sudden virus appears, and they must find a way to deal with the next great threat to their lives. The coincidence is too unlikely to believe. Now they have to band together and face the second direst impact to the human race.
©2014 Raymond J Perreault (P)2015 Raymond J Perreault
Listening to Zachary Johnson's narration brings a greater immediacy to the audio version than simply reading the book. Although far less than in SIMPOC, the Thinking Computer, the story is told partially through the communications and Mr.Johnson's rendering of the voices of several computers is supsrb, making them sound authentically mechanical but still easy on the ear. Far from them seeming just bland, he manages to invest SIMPOK and Alpha, in particular with an internal feeling which shows through the unemotional reading whilst completely differentiating them from the human protagonists.
Most definitely Alpha who not only protects his human charges but also observes, learning to understand human responses and in so doing developing emotionally.himself.
This is not the usual disaster story format and the interwoven series just keeps getting better. Having now moved from the computer's perception of the viral spread, then through the same scenarios from the human perspective, this book has taken both forward from where Virus, 72 Hours to Live left off ... and has now introduced yet another element. I am so looking forward to finding out what happens next. Brilliant.
Loads of action, astronauts trapped in space, catastrophic events happening on earth, evil scientists, great human characters, and at the middle of it all is Simpoc, the altruistic computer that has become self-aware and wishes to help us. Very well written
I really liked the beginning and describing the viral situation. It sets the tone of the novel well. Naming the virus after a cheese-like symptom is interesting.
Great pace, an easy to listen to voice. I enjoyed the narration.
The virus hits and we have everyone left alive in space but a computer on earth. Is this what the future holds?
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Another thrilling book in the SIMPOC series that reveals more of why the human race was all but wiped out! The adventures of the remaining people as they struggle to come to terms with the loss of their loved ones, prepare for the coming of forces possibly too great to imagine.
"The fight for survival really begins"
This is a satisfying continuation to Simpoc Book 1. With so many questions left in the first of the series, it’s nice to start getting an answer to the question of where the virus came from (granted I still want to know how...I guess I'm hooked). I look forward to finding out what happens next and seeing how the survivors continue dealing with the aftermath of the virus and the revelations about its origins.
I received this book at no charge in exchange for an honest review.
"Mankind is on the brink of extinction."
This book continues the story started in SIMPOC, where humanity has been placed on the brink of survival by a virulent disease while the two thinking computers fight theor own battles for their agendas. With an action packed plot, interesting characters and compelling villains, this was an excellent continuation of the story, and I can't wait to get into the spinoff books.
Narration was handled quite well by Zachary Johnson, who did a good job bringing the characters and story to life.
I was volunaritly given a free review copy of this audiobook by the Author.
"Great followup to Book 1"
In a couple years, sure.
Aside from the first one, I don't know that I can... its quite unique and can't really be compared to most other books I've read. Don't misinterpret what I'm saying, it's fresh and amazing. I love this and the first. Looking forward to reading the rest of Perreault's collection.
When in California, we're stopped by two locals that think they'll get the drop on the lead robotic commander, Alpha. While the scene is probably 1/2 a page, it's powerful and has stuck with me for the rest of the book.
Yes, Perreault's books have that quality about them.
This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. I don't 5-star everything, check my other reviews as an example. This is a solid book, definitely worth your time.
"Addictive series can't wait for the next book."
I would have to say better because I love the way Zachary Johnson narrates.
Alpha, I am liking the mobile version of SIMPOC.
Yes, because I really enjoyed the first book and with the second book there is more human character development.
Great series, not to take away how the story is presented but I would have loved to learn more about the characters. I keep wondering how this story would have developed if this was a full fledged novel. But I understand that the author wants to stay spontaneous when he writes so I get why he wrote it this way. Not only I am looking forward for the next book in the series but I have my eyes on the other book about this series: "Virus: 72 hours to live" which is almost 10 hours long. I am in Audible heaven!!!
*I received a free copy of this audio book for an honest review.*
"Very interesting listen...loved the book!"
I really enjoyed this second installment of the SIMPOC series. I, again, really love the idea of artificial intelligence in an imaginary world. I'm actually very apprehensive of AI in our real world though.
RJP does an excellent job of continuing the story and weaves together a short but seamless timeline of events that carries you through the evolution of post-apocalyptic humans and the development and growth of AI. The interactions are brought to life by Zachary Johnson who does a very good job of relating the story in his voice. To me, it's full of life and not monotonous or boring.
I love the dialogue between the humans and the AI and have enjoyed watching the two AI systems grow in their respective ways. One good, one bad. It brings to mind the debate of nature vs. nurture in that the AI seems to be the child absorbing it's surroundings and learning it's behavior from those around them.
Good listen and I would recommend if you like science-fiction or post-apocalyptic stories.
I received a free copy of this audio book for an honest review.
Zachary Johnson again does a fine job narrating this short book.We pick up where #1 left off.Tom and Joan,married astronauts,return to a completely changed Earth.Computers are in charge and at war with one another.This sets us up for book 3.This audiobook was provided to me at no cost for a fair and honest review
"Post apocalypse, plague, AI's, alien invasion"
Great psychological sci fi story. The author generates a world and a scenario mostly through dialogue and allows you the reader to backfill the imagery using your imagination. This 2nd installment has much more action than earlier ones I've read. Great story and i look forward to the rest of the series. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review
My rating: 4.5 stars
Audiobook narrator Zachary Johnson rating: 4.5 stars
I was surprised at how good this book was. I listened to the first book and it seems that sequels are really hit-and-miss with books like these. But, this really shocked me at how entertaining and interesting it was. I am really looking forward to the third book in the series (if it comes out!).
The interactions between the humans and the Alpha computer were great. I thought the author did a good job with showing how this learning computer learned about human emotions and the silly intricacies of humans (even if he did not fully understand what ‘alone time’ meant for married people!).
One thing I want to point out is how much repeatability there was in this book. I would think that some people may not like this since it does make the book a little longer. However, I feel like little bits of ‘review’ here are there are very important – especially to readers who have a hard time staying focused (like me… sometimes…).
This audiobook was narrated brilliantly. I feel that that added so much to the story and helped make it a complete work. The narrator really gave feeling to the situation at hand. He made it feel like he was one of the last remaining humans on Earth and was trying to take it all in. When the main characters were surprised at things, the narrator acted surprised at things. He did well with changing accents for different people. One place I would like to see improvement would be his voice for different characters of the same accent (the American human characters) – it would help to change a little for males and females, etc.
Thanks, Ray, for the free book!
"Survivors, but Better Behaved"
Most of these 'Survivors' are definitely better behaved than those on the reality show, but there are a few......
I highly recommend reading book 1 to give you background on how SIMPOC (Synapse Integrated Massive Parallel Organic Computer) became self aware and decides to assist the remaining humans after a global catastrophe, the saga of the astronauts currently off world, and many other things that will increase your enjoyment of book 2.
There is plenty of intrigue and excitement when you throw in an evil scientist building an AI of his own, humans acting at their best and their worse, world governments behaving badly while others are humane, and there are still humans on the Moon and Mars. Oh yes, and towards the end of this book another 'problem' pops up (snicker).
My favorite part of this book is watching SIMPOC's creation Alpha interact with humans and learn what words like love, family, children, and grief really are.
Zachary Johnson again gives us enjoyable and varied vocals, complete with emotion. In one case the disdain portrayed was so clear that I wanted to punch the character.
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