• by John Gregory Hancock
  • Narrated by James Foster
  • 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the near future, the world has hardened. Opportunities are scarce and dwindling. Society has increasingly changed, and not for the better. Every day robots and machines replace humans in the workforce, not just in the most menial jobs, but also throughout the cubicles of the corporations that dominate the cities.
Peter Harkness is one of the few humans lucky enough to still have a job, but automatons have infiltrated his workforce. How long will his own job last? What did his roommate tell him? Oh yeah:
"Nothing is ever not possible," Brutus said. "We're making processors smaller and smaller. Code is becoming intensely complex and powerful. The sheer bulk of those executable shells can shed strands of isomer code fragments. Even if something seems not possible now, it will certainly be possible in the future. I see no reason why code can't seek its own level, form its own connections, relays."
What secrets do the roofs of the city have waiting for Peter? He is left wondering who his allies truly are in this near-futuristic dystopian world, reminiscent of Asimov, Heinlein, and the goldenage of science fiction.
And yet, there may be hope.


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I was supposed to be reading this with a group but I decided that I was going to start it early and listen to the audio book. It normally takes me a few weeks to get through an audio book because I just don't have the time to dedicate to it. It was addicting and I listened to it in one sitting. The narrator did a fantastic job and really grabbed my attention and never let it go. I feel it is best when you listen to the audio because it gives you the full experience.

The story was absolutely fascinating. I couldn't stop listening. I wanted to know what happened and how each character was going to react. I loved the character Robbie. He was an unlikely hero and I slightly love him. Peter was the perfect point of view for the story. He was kind and smart. I really enjoyed his voice and loved the story line.

My favorite moments of the book was Robbie's jokes. They made me smile and know that something was different. It gave you a new perspective of him.

I look forward to reading more work by this author because I love his style.
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- Kimberly Vanderbloom

A very interesting listen

Any additional comments?

This was a very different kind of read with a very scary future to look forward to that I hope never comes to pass. It’s a short to the point story with good characters that most can relate to. With the future turning more and more to computers makes this a believable story. Most have lost their jobs with more doing so each and every day. The human try to find away to fight back before they are killed or starve to death.

Mr. Foster does a great job on narration even the robots narration was very good. You always know who is talking. His narration is a little flat but for this story I feel it needs to be to make it more believable. His women voice are just as good as his males. He has a very pleasant voice that is easy to listen to. There were no background noises or any breaks take that I could tell. No places where the volume was higher or lower. His character voices were very pleasant. He tells the story so well you can almost picture things as they happen. He really gives life to this audio that I feel might be a little flat if reading it. I look forward to listening to more of his work.

There isn’t a lot that can be told of this story without giving it away. The author does put a few twists in that you won’t see coming. It is well written for a short story never leaving things out. He does skip ahead a few years but you know just what happen before with no guessing. I enjoyed and liked the characters each having their own part to the falling of the human and robots. I think most will enjoy this.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2014
  • Publisher: John Gregory Hancock