• Silicon Man

  • By: W.H. Massa
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Series: Silicon World, Book 1
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-25-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Critical Mass Publishing
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A global pandemic has cut the human population in half. An android workforce fills the void left by the devastation. But some of the AIs have grown tired of being slaves. Some want freedom. An underground movement of runaways has sprung up and wages a shadow war with a simple objective - equal rights for artificial people.
Enter Commander Cole Marsalis, head of the AI-TAC first response team trained to deal with the rogue robots. Now he has been tasked with the ultimate undercover mission - infiltrate the android underground. But to do so, he will have to become that which he hates the most....
A machine!
©2014 William Massa (P)2016 William Massa
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5 out of 5 stars
By MANI on 04-05-16

Silicon Man

What did you like best about this story?

It is a wonderful futuristic with robots as our nanny, driver, caregiver....after a pandemic wipes out a great deal of the population. Some robots begin to think on their own free will and want equal rights...so an Underground Railroad of sorts assists those robots to freedom.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 03-31-16

Loved it!

Thank you William Massa and Joe Hempel for another great book! I'm seriously hoping for a book 3! Excellent story of A.I. The machines are becoming self aware. They want freedom like any humans want. Looks like a war may be the only way to settle this. Synthetica is going down! I hope. lol

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5 out of 5 stars
By j tracey on 04-06-16

AI really enjoyed this book.

If you could sum up Silicon Man in three words, what would they be?

Fast paced action.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Silicon Man?

When Cole discovers the truth about his family.

Which character – as performed by Joe Hempel – was your favourite?

AI Cole

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, if I had had the time I would have happily listened to Silicon Man in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I think that the book shows that some people will always be prejudiced against others, whether it's religion (or the lack of belief in God) , race, sexual orientation or in this case against the artificial intelligent androids. It also shows that there is an opposing side. There will always be people willing to stand up for the persecuted. which should give us all hope. I very much enjoyed listening to Silicon man and I am very much looking forward to the prequel book silicon Dawn. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com.

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5 out of 5 stars
By kanundra on 04-05-16

If you love Cybernetics you'll love this.

Thoughts as follows and SPOILERS

I was interested to follow this series and see what happens next. Or with whom I'm kinda glad that we got new characters to enjoy. Though it was a little predictive, (hence the mark down) I still enjoyed the performance from Joe and got involved with all the characters.

Cole Marcellus, is a cop with a terrible past, he's dedicated to his cause and wants to stop all AI from hurting others, or running away.

There are some very interesting facts given very early on in this story. The Alsatian. The procedure for the upload... (which I have to say had me cringe over anyway, I mean uploading to a mechanical body... if this were possible... and it got out, how many 'people' would want to do just that. Doesn't bare thinking on. However it does seed doubt in your mind from the get go.

So when AI cole is out and on his mission he gets to see some really awful ways that humans abuse the AI's, and it's kinda sad. The AI that rescues the cat is great, cause I am sure Cole was going to do it otherwise. But I do agree with him Cole should have let the enforcer zap him, he got in a whole lot of trouble. haha but saying that he wouldn't have got to the underground as quick otherwise.

In regards to the whole underground and getting Solace. I honestly thought this whole section of the story was way to quick. Really stupid, no QT period or checks, or well it was just that, too quick and stupid on their part. And for me listening to it, I was shaking my head all the way through.

I did love Kira, and her background with Ron, that was well interspersed. When the Tak Team came in and they broke the underground up again another thing that was a little too predictive was the fact that Cole was still human and AI cole was never going to get back to his body.

The realisation for him though was well played. Even down to Zora putting in a safety memory wipe.

Solace was also one that was never going to get out of AI tak's grips. I think for me what let me down here wasn't the fact that I knew it was coming, but if there had been that little bit more build up with Cole and him (not just that one conversation) then it might have felt harsher in my ears, I might have gotten to know him and care for him. When they find him as a blank, I'm pretty indifferent to his story. Even if he's been this huge hero for everyone, he kinda wasn't for me.

The ending was pretty awesome, Joe added a depth to the excitement with the tone and pitch of his voice. Human against machine, brilliant and so so glad that Human Cole went back to see to Janson.

So much scope for this world, and the series. I'm still a fan, but sometimes slower is better with the story :)

Waiting on the next installment!

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