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  • AI Fleet, Book 1
  • By: Isaac Hooke
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (215 ratings)

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Forerunner

By: Isaac Hooke
Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
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Summary

A fleet of warships operated by the digitized minds of former humans. An unknown enemy lurking in the dark of space. The one man who hopes to conquer them both.

Jain was the lieutenant commander of an elite SEAL team. He was accustomed to order and discipline, which he used to give the men under his command that particular brand of killer instinct his unit was known for.

But one day that semi-comfortable, ordered life ended when he opened his eyes to find his body replaced by a starship. His mind had become its AI core.

He is somewhere in deep space. Most of his systems are badly damaged. He has no memory of how he got here, or what his mission is. Evidence points to an attack by an unknown entity.

He finds other damaged vessels in the vicinity and reactivates them. They, too, have no memory of the events leading up to their current situation.

Jain, thrust into a leadership role, soon learns that commanding a fleet of starships isn't all that different from leading a platoon of SEALs. It helps that his database is chock-full of tactics and military strategies gleaned from every space battle humanity has ever fought.

As he and his fleet explore their surroundings and slowly piece together what happened to them, they realize their attacker is not from any human system.

And that any misstep means not only the loss of his fleet, but potentially the destruction of humanity itself.

©2018 Isaac Hooke (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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It's ok

The narrator is good but the quality of the writing poor and the idea behind the book is a good one. I would love to know how many times "he said" was used, it really grated on me like it was written by a teenager. Considering I just listened to we are bob which was masterfully written, this was far far away from that level.

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Not to my liking

Found the characters juvenile and illogical. The "science" is just alot of sciency words strung together with no meaning. Nor does velocity or distances make any sense. The author does however have a few nice quotes and I feelt slightly interested in the fate of characters by the end.

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Fast paced, interesting and funny

Started this at lunch time and finished it in bed that same day. I really enjoyed this audio book. The story was fast paced with no filler and the time flew by.

Looking forward to more.

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Terrible Narrator

The story is.....interesting and could be good but the narration is too bad for me to be able to engage with it.
The narrator has an infuriating "rythm" that often makes him sound like he is stumbling over sentences and sounds robotic.

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Was a 3 star, till the last chapter.

This was poor and basic then the last chapter makes the whole thing worthless.

If you want this concept done much better read “we are Bob”

There are so many stupid actions done in this book the list would be 20 pages and if this was a paper book I would have thrown it at the end.

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Well read and interesting

Well narrated and written. initially I didn't think I was going to connect with the ai characters, but after a slow start I enjoyed overall and the main characters were padded out and worked well.

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Enjoyable

I liked it but not sure if I will get the next, I’m not sure why. I think maybe it was too technical and fighting and yet I usually enjoy this kind of book.

Anyway I thought the narration was excellent and to be honest if it hadn’t been I don’t think I would have finished the book.

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Not very engaging

The story simply lacked a. beginning, middle and end.

Just seem to drift on with characters that were not that engaging.

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He said ...

I found the he said X, he said y to be poor writing. Very hard to get immersed. Narrator is good whereas in this book the author hasn't done it for me.

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Fun, but the physics is wrong

I also had problems believing the interactions of the characters. There was unexplained animosity and belligerence and their adaptation to being intelligent ships was without nuance. The humour in Dennis E Taylor's Bobiverse is better.

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