Atlas : ATLAS

  • by Isaac Hooke
  • Narrated by Rhett Samuel Price
  • Series: ATLAS
  • 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Rade Galaal enrolls in the hardest military training known to man to become a member of the MOTHs, the most elite fighting unit in the galaxy. MOTHs are tacticians, corpsmen, snipers, astronauts, and commandos rolled into one. They also happen to pilot the atomic-powered ATLAS mechs, specialized military hardware that brings new meaning to the phrase "one-man-army".
When Special Warfare Command orders MOTH Team Seven on a covert operation beyond the furthest reaches of explored space, Rade realizes he's signed up for more than he bargained for.


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Atlas has potential for its action and space

If you like military novels set in the future, you will likely be drawn to Atlas. More than half of the book is spent showing the intense military training of the main character, first through basic, then Special Forces. Along the way he stays with his friends and a girlfriend he met in basic training. The world is set 2500 years in the future, with the earth divided into two halves, one side rich and lazy and the other poor and violent. Most of the military is conscripted from illegal immigrants breaking into the rich size. Wars are not fought on earth, but in proxy wars in space between those with epicanthic folds and those without (Asians vs. Westerners).

There is nothing very new about the idea of this book and story line is pretty basic and predicable. Much of the grueling military training is entertaining, but the listener wonders why they do so much cold water training if they are fighting in space. The writer also seems to lack imagination with regard to the weapons of the future, basic 20th Century machine guns and rocket launchers. When the main character gets in trouble during a battle, he takes morphine for the pain, making him drowsy enough to fall asleep, but later gets most of his intestines replaced by a 3-D printer. These odd lapses will be frustrating for hard Sci-Fi fans.

Rhett Price narrates the story with his deep rumbling baritone. His voice is interesting and appealing, but his delivery leaves a lot to be desired. Price often reads dialogue very slowly making the characters sound stupid and his accents are awful; the friend from Mexico sounds like he’s a Spanish speaking Nigerian. Much of this might be forgiven or overlooked, but the constant fumbling and mispronunciation of common words is cringe worthy.

Atlas has potential for its action and space military theme but trips over itself from a limited imagination of the future and flat characters. If this is your favorite Sci-Fi genre, give a try, going in with an open mind. Hard Sci-Fi fans should probably look elsewhere.

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One of My Facorote Military Sci-Fi Stories Ever.

I originally read ATLAS as a kindle book, and I really looked forward to it in audio form, and I was not disappointed. The narrator has his own unique style, which once I got used to it after 10 minutes or so, I really enjoyed. Isaac Hooke has written a novel that is, in my opinion, in the same league as Starship Troopers, The Forever War and Terms of Enlistment. Deep world building and excellent characterization are part of it, but for me, the sheer feeling of "I could see this really happening in the future", which I feel is an important part of any military sci-fi, is plainly apparent. The characters are sympathetic, with motivations that make sense, and the tech is excellent and realistic. I can't wait for ATLAS 2 in December. This author is one to watch!
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- Steve H. Caldwell "Book Maniac"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-19-2014
  • Publisher: Road to Audio