During a public relations trip to Europe the first lady Abby Patterson; her daughter, Beth; and son, Dave, lose their lives to a very fast and suspicious virus. As the virus takes over the world the president of the United States Arnold Patterson must deal with the collapse of the United States Government. His trusted adviser Admiral Nial Hagerly does his best to keep the military viable but it is a losing battle. The government moves to Camp David while they deal with the collapse then ultimately they are forced to move to an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic where they plan to rebuild the country and Earth.
Commander Joan Herl and her husband Tom must deal with the virus on the space station Oasis. They still have a job to do, but their losses are disastrous and dwindling supplies puts the moon colony Desert Beach and the Mars colony Red Dirt in dire jeopardy. The moon colony is cut-off from Earth, and forced to use their lifeboats for a return to Earth, but losing Oasis cuts off the Mars colony and they must deal with the isolation. After the suspicious virus has decimated Earth, the president and astronauts ultimately find that a computer named SIMPOC is their only central support. They also find there is another computer that has the same advanced abilities as SIMPOC but it is not helping the humans; it has its own agenda.
©2015 Raymond J Perreault (P)2016 Raymond J Perreault
I almost never relisten to books - too many new titles to lure me away - but this is almost certainly going to be an exception, partially because the story itself is so densely packed and deserves a second shearing and also because I intend to continue with this series. Because it is not a simple continuation of books but is, in part, parallel stories, it will be fun to backtrack again.
I heard the Audible recording of SIMPOC : the thinking computer, a short while ago: the intriguing story of a newly started prototype organic based computer system which finds itself unattended by it's programmer after news of a pandemic is heard. It follows the spread and devastation of the virus from the computer's point of view. When I heard that this tale was retold, but this time from the human perspective, I knew I just had to have that book.
It is a clever idea and one executed brilliantly by the author, Jay Ray Perrault, this time to interweave the computer communications into this terrifying apocalyptic tale of an outbreak of unknown origin which devastates the world as we follow some population members, including the US President, his wife and children and his entourage, key medical units, an odd man with an obsession for cleanliness, and the space units on Mars, the moon and a supply ship. All will be affected by the outbreak - but can any of them survive?
Once again, the narration in performed by the talented Zachary Johnson, whose rendering of the.computer is both mechanical but pleasant - surely a momentous task. His text reading is also excellent making for exciting listening whilst never being outrageous and he voices the numerous characters well. A difficult task well done.
This is an excellent, thoughtful, if disturbing, science fiction apocalyptic story with an unusual approach and a cast of a whole world population, and then some. And it is one I can wholeheartedly recommend to anyone with the slightest interest in the genre. I loved it and want more.
Absolutely. The story is brilliant. There's three main aspects in the story; the planet and what's happening with the virus, in space with the people we have in space stations and on the Moon/Mars and SIMPOC and his development. All of them sit around the virus and its impact on the world. It's a great story. I also thought that the virus was good as well, the idea of it manifesting in a spontaneous fashion is well explained and actually quite a scary idea.
SIMPOC. I've listened to the SIMPOC books and I love the way that he fits into this story. I also really like the President of the United States. He moves from tragedy to disaster in a chaotic time frame but as a character he's deeply concerned with his people and his country.
Brilliant. He does the people in a different way to the thinking computers and its great. Also very easy to listen too in general.
It can be carried by anyone and is more contagious than any other virus in our history. How are you going to survive?
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"Complex, interesting and fast paced"
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, it is fast paced, complex and imaginative. If you love technology, then you will adore this book and the authors background is apparent in its complex tech. The various interweaving stories meld together and form a very interesting sci-fi story, each aspect complimenting and adding depth to the others. A fast spreading virus is quickly killing mankind and the world is dissolving into chaos; governments collapse, criminals are trying to rule and communications across the world have failed. In space, 3 colonies are facing the loss of support from Earth, diminishing resources and the shadow of death, and then lastly there is SIMPOC. SIMPOC is a self aware advanced AI computer that goes into self protective mode when it realizes human kind is dying and that another AI computer is competing for control. These storylines flow together to form a complex whole with interesting characters and great narration. My only complaint is that many of the story threads have no end in this book and you are left wondering what happened to them. I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
"Love this full version!!"
One of the most interesting take on the "end-of-the-world" story I have listened to. Perreault is a master with telling short stories. But I am now a fan of his longer books. I listened to SIMPOC first and it was an amazing short story. But this version is so much better. There is a lot more depth to the characters.
I have been listening to the Fear Saga (awesome series with awesome character development) and it's also have this impending alien invasion.
As I state in my earlier review, Johnson's performance bring life to SIMPOC. Definitely made the audiobook worth listening to.
I was already a fan of the short stories. This full version really brought it home for me. I was thoroughly immerse in the story. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
A very fast paced interesting great audiobook.. I enjoyed this book after listening to the SIMPOC books. Very interesting topic.
I didn't get to hear the original SIMPOC books and this is just an expanded version of that from what I understand. It's a great story about a deadly virus that breaks out all over the planet wiping out most of the population. SIMPOC is an artificial intellingence that is trying to help some of the remaining humans. Like I said, excellent story! The narration was good as well. I only gave that 4 stars due to editing flaws. Many times it sounds like a cassette starting and stopping and there are a few times that one audio plays over another. Not bad enough for me to not recommend this book! I loved it and can't wait for book 2!
This story was a little better then others I've listened to by this author but it still only was just okay.
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"Not as much of a bio-thriller as I'd hoped"
The narration was done by Zachary Johnson — and honestly, I think that he could have done a better job. Technothrillers are full of big details and broad topics that need a good understanding. Some people can do a technothriller and not even blink (Joe Hempel) while others seem to get lost in the details. My only other issue with Johnson’s narration was the lack of differentiation between characters. One of the biggest problems people seem to have with audiobooks is that they are hard to listen to, especially when characters change a lot. Unfortunately, this book was hard to follow because of this.
Once again, I fall to the plague (yes, notice the wordplay here) of a book named “virus” and having the biohazard sign. While, yes this is about the backstory that was left out of SIMPOC, there is not nearly enough talk about the virus that swept through the human population like a wildfire.
The overall story was pretty good. A lot of the story deals with things that I’ve already read/listened to in books like Calum Chace’s Pandora’s Brain. Having read other stories that were similar to this both took away from Virus: 72 Hours to Live and helped it. There were some things that other books have done better and some things that this book did well too.
I really need to stop getting my hopes up for books with virus in the title. It really lends to a big let down if I cannot get the science and bio-thriller backing that I’m expecting every time. I think that it honestly sways my reviews a bit too since I’m expecting one thing and getting something totally different. But, I also know there are others like me out there that think they’re getting one thing when they get another.
Overall, Virus: 72 Hours To Live was an interesting read. There are better books out there, but there are much, much worse also.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
"Terrific SCI-FI and amazing performance"
This is the second (or maybe third, I'm not sure) of Ray Jay Perreault's SCI-FI novels that I've listened to.
I absolutely loved this - and Zachary Johnson's narration is outstanding. Actually, to call it 'narration' is a total dis-service to describe the wonderful *performance* that Zachary puts into this audiobook. He uses multiple sound effects on the voices to really give you the feel of the tone of a slightly dispassionate computer communicating with the various star bases, ground-based staff and others as well as effects like the tinny radio communications traffic and so on. What a huge amount of effort he must have put into recording this. Don't be put off by the couple of editing mistakes (literally four or five seconds worth in over 10 hours of full-on narration) - yes, it would be better if they were noit there but they are an absolutely insignificant part, a few blips, in this triumphal storm of a narration. Well done - great job!
The whole book is an amalgamation of two shorter books along with substantial additional material. It paints a wholly believable and addictively immersive picture of Earth's gradual sublimation to a deadly virus and the events that surround it. So many twists and turns in the characters and you are left wanting to hear more and wondering what will happen next. Really truly great stuff - I want to hear more of this, especially as the book finishes on a bit of a cliff-hanger. Come Ray Jay, get writing!
I was sent this book for free by the author - this review is not biased by that fact at all, I'd rather quietly skip or dodge a review than post something positive about a bad audiobook - listen to the book, I enjoyed it! :)
"A must for SIMPOC fans!"
Anyone that loved the first two SIMPOC books will love this expanded story that tells of what's happening in the DC area and beyond our planet.
"Interesting Dystopian Sci-Fi"
I had previously listened to the SIMPOC books and had enjoyed them, so I was excited to hear the author expanded them into a full-length novel. If felt like there was a lot of background detail that didn’t make it in to the SIMPOC stories. Virus fixed this by adding a lot details leading up to what happened, and that improved the story significantly. The narrator did a great job here and I really enjoyed his used of sound effects, like some distortion from people talking over a phone. That created a deeper sense of immersion for me, and it felt really well done. The narrator also used a variety of accents and voices for all the different characters, and I enjoyed hearing SIMPOC’s voice change over the course of the story. I look forward to listening to book two once it’s available.
This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
"great book nice narration good take on apocalypse"
Pleasantly surprised! Don't let the editing flaws mentioned deter you it really is not bad. I've heard allot worse! Great characters and a few new twists on the whole virus.....apocalypse genre. I loved the "lost in space struggling to return" set up with some of the characters. The characters were very believable & I could totally relate to how the circumstances were dealt with.
Bit of a cliff hanger so can't wait for more.
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