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To infiltrate the robot rebellion...One man must become a machine.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 arTo infiltrate the robot rebellion...One man must become a machine.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.As head of the elite AI-TAC squad, Commander Cole Marsalis' job is to hunt down 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!"SILICON MAN is an intelligent techno-thriller where the line between man and machine has never been more unclear." Nicholas Sansbury Smith, best-selling author of ORBS"William Massa does a great job at introducing us to a cyberpunk/technothriller setting where AIs no longer want to work for the man. It's fast-paced read that has hints of Blade Runner and Neuromancer..." - Colin F. Barnes, author of the bestselling TECHXORCIST series...

Title : Silicon Man
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ISBN : 9781496020352
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Number of Pages : 198 Pages
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Silicon Man Reviews

  • David Dalton
    2019-02-23 21:10

    For only $0.99 this was a great book. Reminds me a bit of "Blade Runner" (but with a twist) and even aspects of "Planet of the Apes" (the newer version). It is about how we treat AI robots. Robots that outgrow their programming and start to think and feel, and resent being treated as just machines.The twist here is that one police officer on a special team designed to hunt down rogue robots is selected to go undercover and find the robotic head of a resistance movement for robots. How? By getting his memories uploaded into a robot designed to look like him Nothing can go wrong with that plan, can it? Oh yeah it does.Now that I think about it, I would also say this book has traces of "The Terminator" (robots/AI) in it. All in all I thought it was a well written sci-fi thriller, and I would certainly read any future books about the Silicon Man.

  • Tammy
    2019-02-27 17:12

    I received this kindle book for an honest review. I took longer than my normal couple of days to read because I have been sick. But, this is a great book. This isn't my normal genre, but the author assured me that it doesn't get caught up in tech stuff. It is a wonderful futuristic look at the world with robots as our nanny, driver, caregiver....after a pandemic wipes out a great deal of the population. Some robots begin to evolve, to think on their own free will and want equal rights...so an Underground Railroad of sorts assists those robots to freedom. The commander of the group that is sent out to recover rogue robots has a sad past and wants to help find the people responsible for helping the underground. This book has a wonderful story with lots of twists and turns. I enjoyed the story and the charactors. I think William Massa could write about anything and make it interesting. His writing style is so relaxed, yet so detailed. You have to try at least one of his books!

  • Sean Riley
    2019-03-17 21:06

    A proven action packed story that is thought provoking at the same time and very well written.

  • Melissa Hayden
    2019-03-03 00:01

    I really like how William brings the world alive as Cole and others live in it. There is true interaction with the world and creation to the story and plot. We get a wide view of the way things are with and for the mechs.I'm hoping for more stories in this world. I will be watching for them!****FULL REVIEW*****I requested a copy of this audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.Mech malfunctions are at an all time high. Instead of focusing on the programmers, Commander Cole Marsalis is leading the soldiers who are dealing with the androids that feel they can do better than humans at their jobs or caring for children. Cole notices the little things when tracking and fighting these AIs. They could easily kill, but don't. Could they be holding back? Why? In order to hunt down the leader of the Underground Network helping AIs escape, what will it take to convince a man to go undercover as what he hates. A machine. Cole is shown that door, and given the chance to hunt down the mech that ruined his life.Joe is back with the first book in the series. He narrated the prequel to the series as well. Joe voices the characters with different emotional feelings. He fits right in to Cole's personality. I could see, with the projection of Cole's 'voice', he walks with a strong presence and belief in him. It got to the point that I didn't realize Joe was narrating the story as I was caught in William's writing and needed to keep up with what was happening. That's a plus!Androids are growing in free will and choices in them, but still slaves and property to the world. This is a new twist on slavery with mechanicals who are not to have a conscious mind of their own. There are those who are supporters of the AIs on the run, collaborators believing they are helping androids like slaves were freed years ago. But Cole and others don't see the AIs as having a conscious mind and humanity like slaves of the past. They are created to do as told.Oh the technology that's used in this book. Nice. We did see glimpses of what was hinted at in Silicon Dawn. It's refined and used here, but in a different fashion. And I like it! Cole is about to become what he hates. And hates with good reason. But now he gets a chance to stop who, or what, had broken his heart when his family died.William keeps the world as a whole in the picture as he tells the story. There are different views on Mechanicals in different areas of the world. Japan has signed a bill granting mechanicals rights like humans, causing escaping AIs to flee out of the country to Japan and other sympathizer areas. This keeps the picture at a full scale instead of narrowing in on only our people and one place. It leaves a feel that there is more to play with in future stories. And with the end of this book, it could end here but there could be more stories built and I'm hoping so.You know Cole'll come around to feeling sympathetic for the AIs, he has to right? There is a twist to this. He does, but he doesn't. lol. You have to read the story to understand, it's easy to pick out as you go and such a cool ending. As we go through the story we see his reason for being the way he is and history, but also seeing a touch of feeling from an AI in the beginning. There is a balance drawn for us that we got to experience both. I like that William chose to start with us feeling for an android at the beginning then switching to the strong feelings Cole has toward them. It gives us a sympathy for them first. But we also see there is a part in Cole that questions what he's seeing - could there be more there?I really like how William brings the world alive as Cole and others live in it. There is true interaction with the world and creation to the story and plot. We get a wide view of the way things are with and for the mechs.I'm hoping for more stories in this world. I will be watching for them!

  • Laura Greenwood
    2019-03-18 19:19

    http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...Title: Silicon Man Series: Silicon World (#1) Author: William MassaFrom: Amazon Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian Release Date: 20th February 2014Challenges: Winter COYER 2015-2016Links: Goodreads - AmazonWith android technology making up a large proportion of the world's workforce there has been a rise in robots evolving beyond their programming and thinking for themselves. Cole Marsalis is one of the officers of the task force that tracks down runaways and after his own personal tragedy at the hands of an AI, he is determined to stop them. When he is selected to go underground as an AI himself things take a dramatically different turn and Cole finds himself torn in two...I found Silicon Man via Bookbub and the synopsis had me completely intrigued. I loved reading it. In some ways it reminded me a bit of I, Robot (which I read before I started reviewing) but a more updated, and quite frankly in this day an age, more likely scenario. I wasn't sure which angle this book was going to go for at first. There was a lot of focus on where the robots and AI were going wrong, and yet the prologue is from an AI point of view and involved a lot of focus on it doing what it thought was right. But as the story progressed it became clearer and clearer to me where the author was going. The main climax of the book (before the ending which was definitely NOT what I expected!) had a very interesting stand off between two characters. I honestly hadn't considered that the twist could happen like that and was kind of shocked when it did. However the author pulled it off brilliantly and it added something different to the story. This book was a great sci-fi tale. Slightly less machines-take-over than Terminator but more so than I, Robot, I think it took a really good look into what makes things human. I found it well paced and with just a dash of romance (it barely takes up any page space but is there in the background, mainly just in looks) and really enjoyed it!

  • Gadget Girl
    2019-03-07 21:24

    WOW This was another amazing read from the Massa library, I really loved this read even better than the last 2 and I loved those too. You have science fiction, action after action, super chases, with a dash of romance what more could you want. If you love Robocop, AI and Terminator-esque style storylines you'll love this its sort of combines them and much much more.Some robots advance and start to have real feelings of resentment and end up rebelling? Mr Massa presents his characters so you really want to associate with them, feel for them and understand them; your standing right there with them.Cole Marsalis head of AI-TAC first response team is trained to deal with rogue robots who he hates with a passion; as he believed one had killed his wife and kids; because of this he had become the ultimate rogue robot killer and top of his job. His bosses offers him the ultimate undercover job to have all his memories uploaded into an identical robot like himself...what could possibly go wrong with this scenario.....?I found I didn't like Cole in the beginning as your sympathies are with the rogue robots; but I grew to like him bit by bit as he is gradually broken down and begins to realize more about the other side of robot life and is a really thought provoking book too on so many levels.I thought I had the ending nailed and I was sooo wrong! What a fantastic twist at the end which I'm not going to spoil, you really need to read this one. I didn't see this one coming at all!This has to become a blockbuster film and I can so see this as a brilliant Sci-fi series. So any producers out there you need to read this. This book is just genius.This is William Massa's best book to date.

  • Marva
    2019-03-02 22:01

    I'm reading in the 3-book box set, but will review this one separately because I might not read the others (or not anytime soon).I really like William Massa's writing. He's a real pro. I liked this book well enough. I cannot fault anything technically wrong. It's me, not you, William. I just don't buy your main character's (both of them) background, motivations, and behavior. First, I don't think the supposedly professional AI-TAC trooper could possibly assign blame to an AI (cyber person) for the death of his wife and daughter. He has an entrenched belief that AIs are just machines, but somehow he can work up a desire for revenge against a specific AI? It just doesn't make sense to me. If a horse kicked your kid to death, does it make sense to 1) take revenge on all horses or 2) hunt down the specific horse to exact revenge upon it? Maybe the second, but the first motive is senseless.Then, the method he's conned into to exact this nonsensical revenge is even sillier. Going undercover by becoming the thing you hate doesn't make sense to me either.Anyway, if I get past the basic premise and just read the story, it's very good. That's why four stars. I'm not letting my own opinion of the far-fetched storyline condemn an excellent read for all those people who really haven't a clue of why I feel this way.So, hate the basis, loved the book in all other ways.

  • Natasha House
    2019-02-26 22:15

    In a world where AI lives and breathes Cole also abides. Having a deep vendetta against the mechs, the officer has the perfect job to fill out his vengeance one AI at a time. When asked to do an insane mission, Cole agrees because of deeper issues in himself. First off, I have to say this book was one of the best books I’ve ever read! I keep telling everyone I meet about it. I am a huge IRobot fan, and this book was like that movie on steroids for me. The author describes stuff in a way that has personality. It’s not just a big black building. It’s a big, hulking, black building that reminded him of a drooling beast. Something like that. Haha! The action left me wide-eyed and wanting more!! I loved the characters and felt very attached to them throughout the whole book. I really loved the surprises that got thrown at me as well. If you haven’t bought this book, seriously you need to! I ready William’s Fear the Light, and had the same reaction to that one as well! I actually thought I had 10% left of the book, but then it ended. I was like “What??? No!!! More!!” Yeah, that is very few books for me that make me sad cause it’s over!! Sequel! I’m chanting squeal to this one! I actually bought William’s last book that I haven’t read, and am eagerly looking forward to it. He better hurry up and pump out a few more books, cause this reader wants more!!!

  • Matthew Cox
    2019-03-08 18:04

    William Massa executes Silicon Man with a flair for atmosphere, style, and philosphy. He creates a believable near-future world in which AIs have begun to effect self-awareness and a growing need for freedom.Population levels have declined in the wake of a deadly virus, leaving humanity dependent on “mechanicals” to augment the workforce. Some of these servitors of metal and synthetic flesh break free from the limits of their programming and search for a new life. Mr. Massa questions the nature of man to seem to need to dominate things they cannot understand, and destroy what they cannot control.The imagery and narrative is spot on, and brought me right into the struggle between corporate ambition and the question of what defines 'alive.' Doubts that plague the main character stem from a tragedy and progress in a logical evolution as the author effortlessly guides the fast-paced narrative toward a dazzling and rewarding twist―and a satisfying ending.While shorter than I would have liked, the technical detail and scope of the world is brought to life with no words wasted. The writing is tight and keeps the action moving from page to page. I finished Silicon Man in a little over 2 hours, wishing it was longer but not regretting the story I had read.

  • The Good Fairy Nicci
    2019-03-08 23:13

    I was pretty stoked for this book from the beginning and the author didn't let me down. I'm a pretty big fan of Mr. Massa's books so he didn't disappoint me with this futuristic sci-fi thriller. Throughout the telling of this novel, I felt as if it would make an excellent transition from page to silver screen. I WANT to see this as an action-packed blockbuster.Cole was a pretty awesome guy with some skills of Liam Neeson level badarsery. Throughout this tale, we're treated to his high level of special robot murder squad fight training and how seriously he takes the business of slaughtering bad androids.Then we get to the climax and the big secret reveal that I never saw coming until two pages before its arrival.mfw it came outThe characters had developmental growth, strong dialogue, and a motivation behind their actions that makes me applaud this novel for keeping me literally hooked until the last page.

  • Anthony
    2019-03-16 20:57

    Silicon Man, at first, seemed to be another man vs machine action stories. And it does a great job at providing the thrills, excitement, and fast pace you'd expect from those type of stories.But the novel also digs deeper than the standard sci-fi tropes and themes common to novels about the technological singularity. Silicon Man invokes ideas about what it means to be human (as expected) as well as personal identity. It's great to read fun sci-fi novel that actually approaches deeper subjects, without losing the fun. I'm reminded of the sci-fi movie masterpiece, District 9. You get all the futurology you'd expect out of a memorable sci-fi piece with enough subtle and not-so-subtle philosophical issues to keep you thinking about the book days after you read it.

  • Krissys
    2019-03-15 19:57

    I have yet to read a book like this one. You get so much packed into Silicon Man its difficult to know where to start. I am so amazed with the way that William Massa writes because he gets so much plot, so much detail and digs in for the serious realistic emotion and story that you are pulled into this real gripping tale that doesn't let you go even after you've read the last page. I can't get enough of Massa's work. The guy is brilliant. He brings life to characters and story in a way I haven't seen in writers in a very long time. I can't wait to read more by this author, and if you haven't had a chance to check him out I highly suggest it.

  • Loretta
    2019-03-09 21:09

    Silicon Man was an insightful and well thought out science fiction story. Silcon man was full of intrigue, suspense, action and best of all robots! Who doesn't love a good action packed story about robots or artificial intelligence. Although this story was short, which depending on your mood can be a good thing, I found it deeply ingrosing. This story was a great read and would be a wonderful addition to anyones bookshelf.

  • Marc
    2019-03-16 23:12

    Shhh! Don't tell my boss, but I read this book in about 2 days at work. Ha! It was awesome. I love novels that blue the line between man and machine. Not just because I'm a sucker for technology that way but because its philosophical in nature to analyze what it means to be human. Silicon Man does all this but without beating you over the head with it. At heart, it's just a bad ass techno thriller adventure ride :)

  • Jenny
    2019-03-13 01:26

    This is a really great book. I really enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed the other books by this author. I love the way he writes. There is a perfect amount of detail in how the characters are described, and in what's happening in the story. I felt like I was right there in the story. Loved the action and the twists!

  • Jason Cheek
    2019-03-02 19:15

    I discovered this book while I was attending an Online meet and greet of some of my favorite authors. The concept of the story sounded cool as hell and I picked it up the same night. No regrets, it was one incredible read. Kind of reminded me of The Matrix, Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell all wrapped up into one story. Definitely an incredible story!

  • Gabriel Kent
    2019-02-24 20:26

    Quick read, could be a movie. Recommended.

  • Beth
    2019-03-08 17:07

    First in a series of stories about androids getting equal rights with humans in a future world. A couple of interesting twists and turns. A really evil business man.

  • Michael Lee
    2019-03-18 21:00

    This is a top notch post humanism adventure that combines heart stopping action with some neat ideas about AI and the singularity.

  • Dru Milligan
    2019-02-26 20:57

    Like "Fear The Light", I loved this book. Found it very readable, and it's characters relatable. He had me rooting for the machines!

  • Geoff
    2019-02-28 18:21

    I like this guy's writing.Good, fast, strong characters.Lots of action, too.Recommended if you like a plot-based techno-thriller.

  • Michael
    2019-03-01 18:24

    Reading this one was fun and made you have several Walter Mitty moments: what if you could imprint your mind on a physically-superior machine and all the benefits without loss of any of your personality or memories? While seeming a little far-fetched on the surface, the author does a great job of making the storyline believable as well as making you feel as if you are right there in the middle of the action.Consistent with another of his novels I have read, the author leaves the ending in a rather neat place – you can either say the story is done, or did he set the stage for a continuation of the story? If I had a vote that counted, I would vote for a continuation of what comes next.I originally picked this up for 99 cents vs. its normal price of $2.99: I certainly received a lot more in entertainment value than the regular price. If you like realistic sci fi / futuristic fiction, I would recommend giving this one a try.

  • Carole O'Brien
    2019-03-12 20:00

    This is a really good Science Fiction Novel, I read it on Kindle but am sad to see the others in the series are not on Kindle as this book finishes with a set up to the next book which is hard to get. Anyway the Characters are great, you can understand the motives behind each of their actions, thoughts and reasoning. This Author tells a really good yarn.

  • Al
    2019-02-26 17:00

    good story overall, well written. May see myself reading the rest of the series.

  • Toad Oliver
    2019-03-11 17:15

    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

  • Sam
    2019-02-19 20:07

    The edition I read was part of the Silicon World: Man vs. Machine collection.(view spoiler)[There was a rather good TV show on Channel 4 here in the UK last year, which I think was actually based on a Swedish drama series. Called Humans, it was set in the none-too-distant future. Everything looked pretty much as it does now, but androids had become part of society. Used to fulfil roles like housekeepers, carers or prostitutes (or combinations thereof), even families of fairly moderate means could afford to have one to keep the house tidy, do the laundry, look after the children or act as a sexual partner for one, other or both of the parents. But some of the androids become self-aware, and one ordinary family ends up in the middle of the ensuing events.William Massa's Silicon World had some similar echoes. It's not that far in the future, but in this society, something called the Omega Virus has decimated or sterilised large parts of the American population. A company called Synthetika steps in, and starts producing mechs to act as a workforce and keep society going. Some years, and a couple of generations of mechs in, some of these synthetic slaves are starting to become self-aware. Synthetika employs a human military arm to deal with the mech uprisings, and so we meet Cole Marsalis, captain in AI-TAC. (As an aside here, my reading mind just couldn't decide how to 'pronounce' AI-TAC. Was it 'eye-tack', 'eh-tack' or 'eh-eye-tack'? I think I mostly went for the first, but it was a bit distracting. Darn my mind.) Cole joined up after his wife and daughter were killed in an accident caused by a mech, and now hates mechs with a passion. When he's offered the opportunity to help take down the mech underground railroad, he leaps at the chance, even though it means becoming the thing he hates—his consciousness will be uploaded into a mech body. And that's where things start to go dreadfully wrong....I enjoyed this a lot. It's actually quite a fast read, and not overly long—perhaps 2oo pages or so?, though some of those pages are samples from the author's other works. I was dreadfully slow reading it only due to lack of time on my part. The narrative is—I can't really describe it as sparse or minimalist, there's definitely enough there for you to get a good picture of this future world and society and what's happening. Efficient? No, that sounds a bit cold and impersonal. Let's say it almost perfectly hits that happy medium between not enough and way to much. The 'almost perfectly' is because I finished the book without a particularly clear idea of the physical appearance of any of the characters, just bits and pieces of how they might look. And that could be my fault for spreading it over so many days and such brief bursts of reading. As the main character, Cole is the one I felt I knew the best, and it was interesting to go along for the ride as his perceptions change and grow. The rest of the characters had detail enough to make each of them stand out (my favourite was the cat rescuing construction mech, but hey—he rescued a cat!).If you haven't read this book yet, DO NOT click on the next spoiler tag unless you want to completely blow one of the major plot twists! (view spoiler)[After the point of learning that it was in fact a consciousness copy, not a consciousness transfer, I did sometimes find the naming of the two Coles (as Human Cole and AI Cole) a little clunky. It's a tough one to get around, I guess, I don't know what else the author could honestly have done. Just a personal thing, really. (hide spoiler)]This was entertaining future-tech scifi, that threw in some thoughtful ethical considerations without falling into being preachy. I had so much fun with it, I'm off to read the prequel next. (hide spoiler)]

  • AudioBookReviewer
    2019-03-15 17:21

    My original Silicon Man audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.Commander Cole Marsalis' job is to hunt down rogue robots. And he is darn good at it. Maybe it's because he does this with slightly more vengeance than other members of the AI-TAC squad due to losing a family member to one of these units.  Unfortunately, to take down the movement that is helping these rogue AI units out he will have to become the thing he hates the most… a robot.The narration for Silicon Man was done by Joe Hempel who is someone to watch in 2016.  His narration style and pacing pair extremely well with the Technothriller genre. Hempel’s work is synonymous with quality and I’ve never had a problem with any of his audiobooks.The first thing I thought when reading this was its similarity to another book that Hempel also narrated – Pandora’s Brain by Calum Chace.  The two books could blend so well together it’s actually a little freaky.This is one of the shorter books I’ve listened to in a while but don’t get me wrong, it has a lot packed into this small package.  I actually enjoy when an author can totally surprise me with a story that’s only 200ish pages that rival thousand page books I’ve read.The main character Cole is an interesting one.  As the reader, we understand that he is out for vengeance in some way, but we don’t realize just how much it drives him.  This lends for some excellent drama later in the story as Cole is forced to become the thing he hates.I don’t want to go much more into detail about those scenes because they were really powerful in the story, and talking about them will just take away from the masterful writing style of William Massa.The story weaves this wonderful back and forth tale where Cole and others grow and become different people by the end of the story.  Any author that can pull that off without losing their audience is a master in my book.Regardless, if you like science fiction and Technothrillers featuring rogue AI robots, incredibly well drawn out main characters, and secondary characters that make the story a fun and interesting read – this book is definitely for you.And Hempel is one of those narrators that adds to the story instead of taking away from it.  I feel lucky that I hadn’t read this book before checking it out on audiobook. The drama that Hempel is able to add with his voice makes this a must listen.Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

  • Brian's Book Blog
    2019-03-09 18:11

    Silicon Man had me questioning my “being”AI helps humanity with nearly every aspect of their lives. But some of these AI are looking for more. A movement is forming demanding equal rights for the AI not always doing so in the most legal ways. That is where AI-TAC comes into play. Cole’s job within AI-TAC is to hunt down these “rogue” AI’s — and in doing so he will come face to face with more than just the movement.Narration for this was done by Joe Hempel and he absolutely knocks it out the park. Joe is definitely a go to narrator for me especially when it comes to the technothriller genre. He just has the perfect voice and narration style to fit these fast-paced technical stories. As with the prequel that Hempel also narrated–this story was perfectly told and I’m actually glad that I listened to the audiobook version over reading it first.I feel like I’ve been getting lucky with my reviews lately, the last few books (and a couple after this one) were all on my backlog that I was seriously interested in–but life and other reviews got in the way. I’m sincerely glad that I was given a shot to give this a listen.The story is extremely well written and fast paced. Sometimes a story, even with good characters, story, and arcs can be drawn out. This is not the case with Silicon Man. The action scenes, story arc, and character development are tightly weaved into an immaculate web. Massa really does a great job making a story both interesting and totally believable. He had me actually covering my mouth in shock/awe a few times in this story.This is definitely a story that I cannot write the review that I want, because I will give it away — but just know this: if you like plot twists, great story turns, and and overall story that leaves you asking questions but feeling satisfied at the same time. This story is for you.The setting wasn’t clearly announced, but it definitely felt like the near future. I did find myself pulling some comparisons to the movie I, Robot (which I also said when I was reviewing Silicon Dawn). But, I didn’t feel like this was a total ripoff either. Massa has a way of writing so that you feel familiar with something but doing it in a totally new and unique way.Overall, I finished this in one sitting. It took me one night to listen to this, and I’m glad that I took the time to do so. A great story with great characters.

  • Elena Alvarez Dosil
    2019-02-25 18:58

    Review originally published at http://www.lomeraniel.com/audiobookre...I was offered a copy of this book in audio format in exchange for an honest review.A powerful virus has killed a great part of the world population and left sterile many of the survivors. This is the time for AI, since androids are needed to perform daily operations and jobs. Things seem to run smoothly but then some rogue androids try to convince the world that they should have basic rights and not to be treated like slaves. Some get to escape thanks to an underground network, and Commander Cole Marsalis, who hates rogue androids with all his guts, is the one that AI-TAC puts in charge to end this for good. In order to do that, the only way is undercover, and to be able to fool an android, the only way is becoming one. But he does not know that the AI-TAC's CEO has an agenda.This book lands, for me, in between Blade Runner and Man Plus, by Frederik Pohl. On the one hand, we learn to see from the eyes of the androids and start to understand them, and on the other hand, we experience the transformation of the main character into something different than human, something that will change his perception and life forever.At first I thought the story was going to be centered around this transformation, but there is a twist that changes things and gives more depth to the story. This was done in a clever way, and it makes the listener to want to know more and why. I am happy that William Massa has decided to explore this, and it is what has made the story complete.I like the fact that Massa builds this world in a way that one relates more to androids than humans. It is like we are seeing the other side of things.The main story is closed but the ending is open, and there is still more to know about the main characters.Joe Hempel's narration is clear and he succeeds at transmitting the characters' emotions. He definitely helps to bring the story to life.I truly enjoyed this book and how William Massa has given soul to androids and make it believable. I am looking forward to reading more about this.

  • Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
    2019-02-23 21:14

    Having read Silicon Dawn I was pretty excited to dig into the first book in the series and see how things have progressed…and it didn’t disappoint! It brings forward a story that makes you question what makes a person a person, and how advancing our robotics to this point checks out on a morality scale.We are treated to a new set of characters, with our main focus being on a man named Cole. He’s in charge of the AI tactical unit which handles situations like AI rebellion and crimes that now happen regularly in the growing AI population. He has a lot of reasons to hate AI, and I think it’s a refreshing change to have a main character who is strictly against the rebellion happening around them. Despite Cole’s rather rigid opinion on AI and their rights, he’s still a good man and easy to like…and his opinions are completely justified. I didn’t agree with him, but I understood him. The direction that the story has Cole take is excellent, there is nothing I love more than seeing a character evolve and change…no matter what the change might be in the end, it’s worth it to see the journey it takes to get them there.I love the pacing of this series. The books themselves are short listens, but it doesn’t feel rushed or glossed over at all. You get a high tension quick paced read with out sacrificing the depth looks at the characters involved and bucket loads of emotion (sooo many feels). I’ve seen other reviews liken this series to Blade Runner, and while I do see the similarities…I will say it does something that Blade Runner has never done for me, keep me interested and wanting more. It doesn’t feel gimmicky or sensational, it feels real. Real problems mixed in with futuristic needs and demands.Joe Hempel, is excellent yet again! He continues to bring to life these vastly different characters and really making an already excellent world stand out even more!If you enjoy science fiction that not only brings future tech to the table but also topics on morality and humanity then this is a series to check out!.