Alice : Alice Series

  • by Charles Lamb
  • Narrated by David Drummond
  • Series: Alice Series
  • 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Captain Jacob Thomas, USMC, is a divorced combat veteran just trying to get his life back on track. Returning to the marine corps after a failed attempt at reconciliation with his estranged wife, Jake volunteers for a DARPA experiment that catapults him into a future where humanity has been stripped of 200 years of technological advancements and more than half its population. With the help of a faceless benefactor named Alice, he escapes the confines of an abandoned lab facility and starts a journey to put Earth back on a path to recovery. Jake's path begins in the rich farmlands of central California and eventually places him in orbit and face to face with the very evil that started it all.


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5 star sci-fi, 1 star lame romance novel

Narrator sounds like he should stick to reading to his grandkids. NO character differentiation. There is gender distinction, but everyone sounds the same, and the women are whiny and pouty trying to be sexy.

Absolutely hooked by the opening plot. Great sci-fi. Love Jake, love Alice, love the premise. I listened to the end just for that. I also love how it turned out and can't wait to read another.

That said, the conversion into a worse-than-B-grade romance novel destroys the quality of the story. It's like a 12-year-old trying to write porn. At this time in American history, there are more women than men so they are used to sharing. For some reason it is deemed necessary for Jake to reproduce, so he takes up with 5 or more women. They all handle it very well, they are not jealous (except when they are), rather they are supportive of each other (except when they feel they aren't getting enough of Jake). They cease being intelligent women and turn into sex kittens. All the women are beautiful and have perfect bodies with large busts, and no thigh lumps. It's okay for there to be love relations in sci-fi stories, but I didn't come here for Danielle Steel, and this stuff is so juvenile and over-written that you will roll your eyes, shake your head, and sigh.

I don't know who would enjoy this kind of stuff; it's not imaginative, not titillating, not grown up. For example:

* Jake (despairing of his responsibilities managing several computer sites): If we open more alien facilities, I'm screwed!
Female: Oh, I'm pretty sure that happened last night. [and the author can't leave it alone], and I was hoping it would happen tonight too! [still can't leave it alone] she said with a wicked wink. [sigh, shake my head]

*trite "sexy" lines like "I resemble that remark!" and "I barely rate "saucy wench"!

And. I get so tired of doing the editor's job. I get tired of talking to the recording, correcting grammar, tired of making word changes. E.g. He lay her on the couch. This writer uses only about 1/4 the past perfect tense and he should, even after allowing for individual choice. One of the worst examples: "Jake wore his flight suit that morning, and had not changed it all day." Any high school English teacher would change this to, "Jake HAD PUT ON his flight suit that morning, and had not changed it all day."

Anyway, I guess I have to accept that there are no editors anymore and that whatever sorry excuse for grammar the writer delivers is what gets published.

I really don't know how to rate this story. If the next one continues with such infantile, trite, gag-me "romance" drivel, I will have to go see Nora Roberts, or Lolita.
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- Trudy Owens

Story limited by the booty call

Is there anything you would change about this book?

There is a large portion of the book detailing the main character's sexual escapades with multiple women that he recruits into "service" after he wakes up from stasis. I'm sure that "man from the distant past" meets "Earth rebounding from apocalypse" can generate some strange circumstances, but "Building a harem" wasn't one of them. The author even mentions "harem" and "booty call" in the book so I feel warranted in the headline for this review. I could even get onboard with the concept if he didn't make it such a main aspect of the book.

What could Charles Lamb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Beyond addressing the obvious, I would say that the author needs to present the motivations of the characters in a better way. Danger doesn't really present itself until the last 25% of the book. There seems to be no urgency for much of the story. It seems to progress as a function of the needs of the "AL:ICE" computer(?) system.

Which scene was your favorite?

No scene was my favorite. The sci-fi aspects were good. I really liked AL:ICE. Who wouldn't like an artificial intelligence with a self preservation agenda who was willing to manipulate people to get her(?) way? It might have been done before, but that part of the story was enjoyable none-the-less.

Do you think Alice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No it doesn't need a follow-up. Even if it were to explore some of the alien races and further push out mankind into space, I fear that were

Any additional comments?

I like the concept / premise. I like the sci-fi ideas. If you just want to put your brain on hold and don't mind a lot of teenage fantasy thrown in then this book is fun.

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- Brad

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-16-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio