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Code Breakers: Alpha

By: Colin F. Barnes
Narrated by: Marc Vietor
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Summary

In a post-apocalyptic future, humanity survives within a single city run by a shadowy benefactor known only as The Family. Each week, the death lottery claims more lives and Gerry Cardle, head of the lottery, inexplicably finds himself next on the list. Something's wrong with the system. A deadly artificial intelligence has breached security. Gerry has just seven days to live. Forced off the grid, Gerry has to do the unthinkable: willingly leave the city. What he finds in the abandoned lands will shatter his perception of what it means to be human. Everything he had been told before was a lie. In a deadly world of conspiracies, Gerry has to sacrifice everything he loves in order to save it, and time is running out.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 04-11-16

CODE MONKEY

SO MUCH DATA, SO MUCH POSSIBLITY
This is fast paced and very, very tech, almost overly so. Everyday conversation is most likely going to have words related to computers, even if they are talking about going to the bathroom. I personally could not get into it, but I do see where several people will like it. I could not connect to the characters and it was too much to fast for me. Someone just about dies or does die every five minutes. It begin by reminding me of Clarke's, City of The Stars, only as if it was written by William Gibson. It will probably make a good B Movie.

I will not continue the series.

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  • Daniel
  • 09-11-16

When you read Neuromancer but don't know what a computer is.

First, I love post apocalyptic sci-fi. I love cyber punk. I really love post apocalyptic cyber punk. This book got my hopes up, then made me go, "What?"

At times it felt like the technical jargon was being used as magic, without really reflecting what technology is. I understand attempting to use a visualized inner space as a narrative tool is imperfect, but at no point did I really understand how this version of the world was supposed to work. It killed the immersion.

Which may not have been terrible. The narrative moved jarringly quickly, and the characters motivations seemed to change based on completely incomprehensible timelines and reasons.

Basically, when the story ended, I didn't really even understand what it was about.

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  • Dan
  • 29-12-16

A futuristic western.

The book was well narrated. While the characters are interesting their motivations and reasoning don't make much sense. The overall story is easy to understand but not simplistic or well thought-out. Too many questions were left unanswered as to why characters do the things they do, which leaves the story lacking.

Never the less, it is entertaining.

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  • W.
  • 24-12-16

Disappointing

The book started with a lot of potential but veered off fairly quickly. The mad max imagery is ok but every place the main characters went to the boss was some super-arrogant prick.

Coupled with the discovered abilities of the main character, the rambling story line made it difficult to suspend belief and I lost interest with an hour still to listen to.

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  • Budd Turner
  • 29-11-16

One challenge after an other…

Mzny challenges face a highly intelligent person in an Alternate future, faced with an alternate reality he had grown up unaware of..

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  • Jeff Wedgwood
  • 04-11-16

Fairly predictable

Anyone who knows Bladerunner, The Matrix and other well known stories won't be surprised by this plot.

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  • Cheshire Cat
  • 18-04-20

great read

I liked it so much I bought the next all the books in the series. thumbs up!!

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  • Woodworking bithead
  • 11-01-19

An interesting premise, storytelling meh.

The premise, the plot and characters have promise but the story is inexpertly told, future books have promise.

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  • David
  • 26-11-18

great story, terrible narrator

the narrator just could not pick off the various voices convincingly. Petal's voice in particular. pulled me out of the story frequently.

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  • D. Hahn
  • 13-08-18

Not for real techies

I had a really hard time with this. My 20 year background in IT makes much of the dialog and usage of the concepts very difficult to enjoy. The narrator reads the technical aspects of the story the way I expect my mom would read me a technical manual. Pronouncing the words correctly, but really not knowing what they mean, putting emphasis on the wrong parts of the words, overly dramatic inflections in the wrong places. I love sci-fi, but the story, narrator and ridiculous cliff-hanger made me decide to not continue with this series. If I had paid full price for this I would be extremely salty.