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  • Paige's Story

  • The Fort Thomas Series, Book One
  • By: A.J. Bass
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Summary

Something is wrong with the androids at Fort Thomas and it's up to Paige and her new friends to find out what. When an explosion levels a secret lab in the dead of night, an experimental computer virus is unleashed on the world invading artificially intelligent workers and soldiers. Once infected, these synthetic humans experience 1 of 2 side-effects: sentience or corruption. Thirty years later, the military and governments of the world are still struggling to cope with the shock. Synthetics are met with distrust by most, subjugation by some, and acceptance at arms-length by the rest.

To further study the rising sentience in the world’s robotic population, the military has recruited the best and brightest scientific minds to research this mysterious virus. Unfortunately for 13-year-old Paige Bryan, her parents are 2 of those minds chosen, and she finds herself moving to Fort Thomas - a military base full of sentient machines. When soldiers start to malfunction and a strange little girl arrives, Paige and the scrappers of Ft. Thomas soon find themselves swept up in a mystery that, left unsolved, may mean the end of the already fragile peace between humans and synthetics.

Humor, mystery, and action abound! Don't miss a single word of the fun!

©2018 A.J. Bass (P)2019 A.J. Bass

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A good listen

A nice easy listen, the story trots along at a good pace and is well read by Phil Thron. I bought this book on the off chance, but will be waiting for further books from this author. Really enjoyable

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Enjoyable listen

I purchased this, as a friend in a book club recommended a read. An enjoyable book, like a book for a holiday. I liked the story line, a cracking idea. I have already earmarked the author to read more.

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  • Hanna
  • 17-01-20

I loved this so much!

First, let's talk narration. Phil Thron is one of my favorite narrators. His voice acting is so versatile and so good, I don't know how he does it. I've never been disappointed in any book he's narrated and I'm pretty sure I've listened to them all. Sometimes, more than once.

Now, let's talk about the book itself. I know it's early days, being only mid-January, but Paige's Story could very well be my favorite, most remembered, and most remarkable read of 2020. It is going to be very hard to beat. It is just that good. The characters, the story, the tempo, the drama...I was so invested in it that I laughed and cried and gasped right along with the characters. This was an absolute joy to listen to and I can't recommendit enough.

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  • Rabbit
  • 08-07-19

Great Listen, Fun Story, Excellent Narrator!

I loved Paige's Story. It's fun, quirky, and full of great characters. And Phil Thron's narration, as always, is perfect for it!

Paige, who is basically a really smart, sarcastic girl, gets swept up in the business of the "grown up world" around her. And rather than being an annoying teenage character like so many books have - I really liked her. She was a well-written, very capable character.

All of the characters are really well written by the author actually... even the side characters. They all have lives and personalities... and Phil reads them all in expert fashion.

A.J. Bass has created a very real, very interesting future where the U.S. is no longer the big, happy place we've come to know. It's fractured into 5 new countries and she handles the history of this very well.

**EDIT** I forgot to mention that I LOVE the additional short-story added at the end. Who doesn't want more of Fer?!?

I really hope book 2 is coming because I really want more of this.

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  • Lila
  • 23-12-19

Clever, insightful, compassionate, optimistic

I don’t leave many written reviews, especially for a well-read book with hundreds or thousands of reviews that already represent my opinion. But this is a new author and deserves my effort.

I listened to the audiobook with its excellent narration but also read portions on my Kindle. I didn’t want the book to be over!

It was a tremendous novel involving artificial intelligence, advanced technology, but also with well-drawn characters and relationships that developed throughout the story. I loved the combination of fiction, sci-fi, a bit pf mystery but not being a dry “hard’ science fiction. While there’s plenty of salty language, it was natural and not brutal or constant.

After finishing the book, I looked for a sequel on audible or Kindle but it’s not published yet. I do hope this author is able to continue this excellent first published novel. I happened to catch a bit of the author’s blog in which she comments onnthe challenges of “making it’ as an author.

So if you enjoy science fiction, please give this one a try— it’s worth a credit for sure.

I also looked for more novels with this narrator, but the others were a different style of sci-fi (more like action movies) and not to my taste.

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  • Mas
  • 30-09-19

Fun and clever story that kept me hooked

Its a fun and lighthearted tale, but its more sophisticated and emotionally rich than I was expecting - it kept me coming back for more despite the main character being a few decades younger than I :). I especially liked the backstory in the epilogues. Narration by Phil was great as usual, and I'm now looking out for more from AJ Bass and what she has to offer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-08-19

It gave me all the feels.

I laughed, I cried, I went 'Oh shit, oh shit, oh shit and cried some more.

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  • glynyrd
  • 17-04-21

Great book!

What enjoyable book! I was a little hesitant to get this but after noticing Phil Thron narrates it I dove right in.
Do yourself a favor and give it a try!

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  • swyrlgirl
  • 01-07-20

Loved it

Great sci fi with societal overtones. Well read and written. More please as soon as possible!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-20

What a great book!

I absolutely loved this story. Wasn't planning on writing a review but just wanted to say that I loved this book and recommend anyone looking for a great read, look no further.

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  • Timothy R. Baldwin
  • 19-12-19

Thron's Voice Bring's Bass' Story to Life

I first read Paige's Story in ebook format. When it came out in audiobook, I had to get it, especially with Phil Thron's narration, which pulls the listener right into the world of Fort Thomas, the future, Janes, Synthetics, and, of course, Paige!

I'm truly looking forward to reading and listening to Book 2.

BTW... Fun bonus content at the end, which definitely felt like a Christmas present as I drove home from work this evening.

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  • Phoenix
  • 21-11-19

Just Awesome

I want more! the characters are amazing, story intriguing, and written so we'll! Loved it!

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