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  • Forerunner

  • AI Fleet, Book 1
  • By: Isaac Hooke
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (191 ratings)

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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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it's okay

for a sci-fi ship book it's ok, A few space battles, lots of detail about the ships.

The narrator did a good job.

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Nice thought provoking listen

Interesting idea, great potential to build the stories too. A good listen and already looking forward to book 2

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good story but writing needs serious help

word and expressions repeat way too much. he said, she said, glanced, etc... I'm surprised this wasn't picked up in proofreading.

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Ok but lacks potential

Was a good listen for a first book but was becoming repetitive by the end of the book and on listening to the start of book 2 it sounded as if it was going to be much of the same. Great if you like detailed battle scenario's with potential future weapons but once you have one of them you need something more challenging

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  • General Tso
  • 11-05-21

Ugh

I just couldn't finish this book. This, I'm relatively sure, was written by taking "We are legion (We are Bob)" by Dennis Taylor and removing anything interesting, mixing in dialogue and tactics ripped from Steven Seagal movies, then dumbing everything down.

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  • Pavel Antokolsky
  • 15-06-19

A trashy sci-fi garbage

I might be soiled by mostly reading good sci-fi by acclaimed authors, so when I bought this book by unknown authors lured in by what seemed like an interesting premise, I didn't have high expectations, but didn't expect complete and utter trash like it is. The wiring is on a level you would expect from highschooler it fanfic writer, the characters are bland and stupid, the plot is ridiculously idiotic, the technobabble is cringworthy - author uses even real-world terms incorrectly, and obviously has no idea what they mean (e.g. his characters call personal ship on-board knowledge database "cloud storage" *faceplant*). Also the author opts for pseudo-realistic ship physics (e.g. he talks a lot about expanding propellant, delta-v, gravity assists and so on) yet has no idea how actual physics and gravity works, which result in such hilarious mistakes, like ships "assuming geostationary orbit" around tidally-locked (non-rotating) satellite and otherwise hovering over arbitrary points on planets.

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  • Davis
  • 08-12-19

Not just space battles

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Narration
Paul Heitsch does an excellent job with this book. His character voices are unique and identifiable. His pacing is great. I have no complaints.

Basic Summary
Jain wakes up to find himself floating in the void of space with little to no memories, oh and he’s also spaceship. There are other ships out there, all dormant and in free fall in some unknown system. Jain and the others make repairs, search the system they are in, and try to put together who they are and what they were supposed to be doing, but they aren't alone. After surviving a few encounters with an alien vessel the group manages to return to human controlled space only to find they are too late.

The Good
Writing is good. The world in interesting and unique. The characters interact in a mostly realistic way. I love the concept of starships being fully A.I. or in this case, run by scanned in humans, it makes sense as the engineering of vessels would be drastically easier without the vulnerable organic bits. Unlike other science fiction I've read, the space battles have a lot more tactics involved.

The Bad
The author doesn’t understand geostationary orbit. The characters sit in geostationary orbit over a tidally locked moon, a moon sits in geostationary orbit over a tidally locked planet, there is a place specified as “High” geostationary orbit. The author seems to do a great job with a lot of science stuff, but this is one major flaw. I’m also not sure I like the “Alien Tech” side of the story. It gets into a science-magic type thing. One of the characters can teleport, another has invisibility, another has a portable shield thingy, and probably the worst is the black whole gun. The whole thing seems kind of video game like.

The Interesting
Not just space battles. The use of drones to do urban combat and repel boarders in the narrow corridors of the ships is awesome. This should be a video game, or at least in more novels.

Final Thoughts
It’s a great science fiction space based book. It manages to cram space battles, mystery, alien encounters, and some unique takes on the future of space colonization into a well written story.

Review by rcdaviswrites, 12/07/2019

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  • Marcia C.
  • 14-05-21

Bobiverse told by a high school kid

one of the few books I've not finished. at the current price if free I still feel as though I've lost something.

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  • Mac Briggs Johnston
  • 29-06-19

Forerunner: Breath taking

A fantastic Audible rendition of the book Forerunner, written by Isaac Hooke, performed by Paul Heitsch. Paul Heitsch is another great Podium actor, in the vein of Eric Martin or Luke Daniels, who does great justice to this military Sci Fi epic. Once the action gets going, it doesn’t stop, and just keeps going. Each of the Void Warriors has their own personality and ship capabilities, and together they work well and complement each other in different tactical situations throughout the book. There are some great discussions, everything from philosophical discourses between Aristotle and Plato to quotes from the battle of Thermopylae.

Forerunner was breath taking!


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  • Ahmad Alnusif
  • 04-05-21

Started ok then nothing happened

I listed to a few hours of this book before I realized that there's no real plot. The ships do this, go here, go there, work on this and that and fight some aliens but what's the plot? It was a question asked by the characters from time to time but apparently the author is also clueless about it.

Stopped listening midway through the book, didn't want to waste my time.

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  • Lela Rice
  • 31-05-21

The Future Past

This is what the minds of our species are capable of if the powers that be would let the technology through instead of leading ideas they don't like into dead ends!
The story is exceptional,the narration flawless I for one will follow this story to the end loving it all the way!

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  • Julie Pickerill
  • 10-08-19

All in all, an excellent read.

While the book falters from time to time with not quite enough science-science and a bit too much science-magic for my tastes, overall it's a refreshing variation on military sci-fi novels, and does a good job dealing with sentient AI overall.

Probably my one big gripe is the author pinning some of the philosophical discussions of death and the soul on a combination of a particular bit of pseudo-science woo already discredited in our time, and the presumption that such a thing as a soul might exist in the first place.

However the same theme in future books is a bit more balanced and not a huge part of the book so I'll give it a pass.

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  • Chris
  • 20-07-21

Interesting concept, but…

Really wanted to like this but the characters just felt adolescent. Felt like the Duane Johnson Jumanji movie in spaceships without the comedy. Didn’t bother to finish.

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  • Brian Taylor
  • 04-05-21

horrible writing. impossible to listen to

every tenth word is said. good authors can write without using the word said very much. but it is a sure sign of a bad writer or author when they use the word said every 10 words.

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