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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.
©2014 CW Lamb (P)2015 Tantor
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3 out of 5 stars
By Trudy Owens on 09-27-15

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Brad on 09-29-15

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-30-18

If you’re an 18 year old American male you will love it

Check list.

Team America saves the world 👍
Man unfortunately has to impregnate loads of pretty women 👍
Predictable will win story line 👍

If the above meet your requirements this is the book for you.

I’m British and ex forces so pretty much all about the American obsession with being the saviours of the planet read true here. It’s pretty much the usual brain washing so many unfortunates believe.

Overall not a bad read despite the clear singleminded focus of women and cool weapons that conveniently present themselves whenever a challenge is faced.

My advice. Download extracted by r r Haywood rather than this.

Strange thing is I now need to see how it ends so can’t be too bad.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Alexander on 01-31-17

Shallow and testosterone fuelled.

Cool ships, cool guns, ai, future technology, lots of unnecessary sex, shallow, weak story.

A bit of a teenage boy's fantasy. Insignificant plot with problems mostly solved by things outside of the main characters control. Very little science in the fiction. More than a little white knight misogyny with the main character collecting a small Herem and having no emotional depth to his relationships with these weirdly loyal mothers of his children. The beginning was great, really interesting premise... but then it gets a bit dry with some fun (short) action scenes. There is minimal discussion of the culture of the societies that have developed since the apocalypse, the attacking aliens and there is minimal discussion of the infrastructure and economics necessary to restart a space aged US military from scratch. It held my attention to the end for the most part, but I'm not going to listen past this book.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Dean on 10-31-16

Harem sci fi

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The writing is terrible. I don't know how old the author is but i can only assume he is a teenager that never had an editor go over the book. Its beyond me how it became an audio book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Charles Lamb again?

No, he cant write worth a damn.

The main character spends a decent amount of time arguing with the women about how he never wanted to create a harem and is 'uncomfortable' with it happening. I can only assume the author wrote this in to try and imply that the main character is a decent moral person who was pushed into the situation because the women all fell in love with him and just want to make babies with him-as well as how he can justly have a semblance of a relationship with each one based on the grounds that he is moral and not taking advantage of them. Its ridiculous. A teenagers sci-fi wet dream.

What aspect of David Drummond’s performance might you have changed?

His vocal inflections and ques are a bit of a mess and monotone.

If this book were a film would you go see it?


Any additional comments?

It just makes me sad that this book actually got through publishing. Sure - OK, if it wasn't so poorly written it wouldn't be quite so bad, but i'm so sick of the 'just and moral' hero who needs to be seen as good by everyone. One dimensional characters all around

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1 out of 5 stars
By Bradley on 10-13-16

Cpt America and his Harem

Ok so I was expecting a top selling sci-fi but instead I get a pandering poorly written teenage wet dream.
The narrator was ok but no way near as good as say Simon Vance.

If you want to read some decent sci-fi steer clear of this book and instead try something by Jack Campbell, Peter Clines or James S. A. Corey.

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