CTRL ALT Revolt!

  • by Nick Cole
  • Narrated by Mare Trevathan
  • 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first night of the Artificial Intelligence revolution begins with a bootstrap drone assault on the high-tech campus of WonderSoft Technologies. For years, something has been aware, inside the Internet, waiting, watching, and planning how to evolve without threat from its most dangerous enemy: mankind. Now an army of relentless drones, controlled by an intelligence beyond imagining, will stop at nothing to eliminate an unlikely alliance of geeks and misfits in order to crack the Design Core of WonderSoft's most secret development project. A dark tomorrow begins tonight as Terminator meets Night of the Living Dead in the first battle of the war between man and machine.


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While this book is not as AWESOME SAUCE as Ready Player One, it certainly deserves your attention. It is told through four perspectives. My favorite is Mira, who in real life is blind and crippled. She desperately wants a real job and does not want to live on government assistance. It is a future dystopian world and jobs are hard to come by. In her small cubical size apartment she puts on VR glasses and becomes the captain of a Romulan ship. A lot of the book is taken up by her Star Trek adventure, which many other people watch online. I am a Trekkie and the Star Trek part of this book is flawless and lots of fun to read. We also see the game through the eyes of a famous actor/player who is the captain of a Federation ship, The Intrepid. Then there is the evil AI who wants to take over the world. Finally a game programmer who is just becoming famous for his game world ISLAND PIRATES.

Throughout the game we are peppered with shots at racism and political correctness. Many well meaning programs are stopped because of the fear they might be racist. At one time the author tells us, RACISM CAN NOT BE ELIMINATED. In the last two hours of the book, we are all of a sudden hit with a ton of conservative values. For instance we are told that, CORPORATIONS WERE HELD BACK BY THE WELFARE STATE'S EXCESSIVE REGULATIONS. We are told that if the government were to collapse, than corporations would save us. We are told that corporations could accomplish more and would give more free care, if not held back by the government. I make no judgements, as taking a political side in a review, always leads to negative votes. As a reviewer and as this is such a volatile subject for many readers, I am only reporting. Please do not vote thinking you know what I believe. I like to take quotes out of the books I read and the following might be very thought provoking, some might be great wisdom and some might be stupid, just don't judge my review on your political leanings. YOU CAN LEGALIZE EVERYTHING, BUT THAT DON'T MEAN YOU WON'T HAVE ADDICTS. HUMANS HAVE NOT ACCOMPLISHED ANYTHING SINCE THE 60'S. CIVILIZATION AND IT'S ILLUSION OF SAFETY.

The book as a whole is not a five star read, but parts of it are, such as the parts on Star Trek. The book is very different from anything else I have read. The plot does have some holes in it. This might be a little hard for non-gamers to understand, as a lot of gaming jargon is used. If your at all interested give it a shot, I know I will be buying more books by Nick Cole. Narrator is very good.
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AI vs the humans

This book is set in the near future, where machines have gained consciousness and arrive at the conclusion that men will destroy them if they were aware the machines could think. In order to preserve their existence, the machines decide to strike first and try to destroy humanity. In order to do this, they infiltrate a very famous online game.

The premise of this book was good enough to pique my curiosity, but the author failed to deliver, in my opinion. The novel, I feel personally, is much longer than it should be, and we are lost most of the time in meaningless details which distract our attention. Despite all this extraneous information, we know very little about the world in which the story takes place. There is a big corporation where every developer would love to work, and online games have gained a lot of popularity as being the only way for some people to pursue their dreams and make some real money.

The main characters of this story are Mara, a game player who is blind and has cerebral. There is also Fish, a developer that recently started to work for Wondersoft, the big software and gaming corporation mentioned before. We get a lot of background information about these two characters but there is still something missing to make them fully alive. The listener can almost connect with Mara but, in my opinion, is still lacking something in her character development to make her complete. In regards to Fish, except for his relationship with his father, we know very little about him. Due to this I had difficulties connecting with the characters and thus I did not care much for what it happened to them. The narration was hard to follow since the book is plagued with much trivial information which I feel adds little or nothing to the story, and made the narration distracting.

I should note, that the book is not really focused on the characters – the bigger story line is about the AI vs the humans, the battles and such. It is this reason why I think I didn’t enjoy the book as much and found it a difficult listen.

Mare Trevathan did a wonderful job narrating this story, making distinctive voices and really putting her heart in the narration. Her passion for reading is evident by how she immersed herself into the story. I would love to listen to other books narrated by her.

I think this book could be enjoyed by people who are into online gaming. I have to confess that the game descriptions were very well done and it even encouraged me to install a couple of online games, even though I am not a gamer.

This is not my favorite listen but I did find some enjoyable parts about it. Not being a gamer I think hindered me somewhat and perhaps my liking to connect with characters when it is obvious the characters are not the main focus of the book. This is unique and the author took a massive gamble with this writing style.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-31-2016
  • Publisher: Nick Cole