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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Amazingly well done!

I was drawn to this book because of all the controversy surrounding it. Thank you HarperCollins for introducing me to a fine author I may have never heard of otherwise.
The social commentary is hilarious and thought provoking. The world building is very well thought out and highly plausible, based on current media and socioeconomic trends.

The story itself is pretty fast paced considering the shear amount of detail and commentary that help to flesh out a complex and immersive world. The story shifts between the VR world and IRL seamlessly, I was never left wondering where I was, or what was going on.

I care about these characters. They are nuanced and have clear motives and believable arcs.

Mare Trevathan’s narration is masterful. She has clear, crisp diction and a very pleasant voice to spend over ten hours with. She does many voices and excellent dialects. She also brings the emotion of the scene right to the surface without over doing it. This was no simple narration; this was truly voice acting. I’ll look for more of her work.

I listened to this book in one sitting and consider it time well spent. I look forward to more from Nick Cole. I sure hope he stays Indie…
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- Tom

The Better Aspects of Redshirts & Ready Player One

You don't have to be a fan of online gaming, AI-phobia, VR or Star Trek (original series) to enjoy this book -- but it helps. That being said,this book is worth the credit. It is a cleverly constructed story with an anti-PC bent which is (fortunately) more funny than oppressive (as many SF sub-commentaries on social issues can be.) I liked the in-VR world a great deal and the out-of-game sub-plots were quite smart as well. I also thought that the performance was excellent -- adding greatly to the experience.
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- C. Hartmann "Sci-fi, History, Police Procedurals and Science"

Book Details

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