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Rob Dunbar is the world's best history professor. And with good reason: he's been alive for 3,000 years, keeping his existence a secret since before the days of Athens. But a stranger named Baxter has a better use for Rob's vast expertise. Baxter's looking to found a mining company in the Asteroid Belt. In exchange for Rob's help, he'll try to unravel the mystery of Rob's origin. As they're getting their outfit off the ground, they come under covert attack by HemiCo, a powerful Mars-based corporation. And Rob learns Baxter has a secret of his own - he's not human. He's a highly illegal AI. Developed by HemiCo in the wilds of Mars, the first AI escaped decades ago. They've been fighting a shadow war against their creators ever since. Dragged to Mars, Rob is thrown into the center of the fight - and becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution that will change the course of human history amongst the stars.

©2013 Edward W. Robertson (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Fantastic story well performed

Love this book when I read it as hard copy so had to get the audiobook

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  • Adam
  • 29-09-16

Great book

Perfect narrator, great pace to the story, makes you think. I sure hope to see another book.

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  • John Collicott
  • 18-12-16

Interesting book, decent narration

I thought the story and historical references were interesting. Sometimes I found some moments a little challenging to follow. Loved Dufris narration of The Old Man's war, which is what drew me to this book. Some of his characters were a little annoying which is why I gave Perf 3 stars.

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  • M B Yorton
  • 11-03-22

Interesting story about gettng democracy right

Ed Robertson has become one of my favorite fantasy & "space opera" writers. This . . . is not his best piece of fiction. There is no Cally nor Rada here. However, I'm glad I completed it. I think. Almost quit it a couple of times along the way, tho. But, an average human, who has inexplicably lived over 3000 years IS interesting. As is an early A.I who experiences a full range of emotions and is a hero to his people, uh, his kind. Early chapters seemed more like a comedy, as if, perhaps, meant for the pages of a graphic novel. However, as the story progressed, I began to see that was part of the point, & eventually, that it had to be that way to lead to such a strong finish. So, looking back, overall I liked it, and it is worth reading, despite the fact that I wasn't so sure at the time. So . . . eagerly awaiting my pre-orders for books in his other series. . .

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  • GabeZero
  • 07-02-22

wish there was a part 2

if you fall in love with the characters you will get a knot in your throat at towards the end.

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  • Virtual DD
  • 19-07-21

Good science fiction setting, story does not retain your attention

As the story setting was laid out I thought it would be a great foundation for a story. It was more like a science-fiction setting but then a fairly drab day-to-day with some right spots. The concept is memorable the story is forgettable.

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  • Upon Further Review
  • 25-12-20

Great Book Ignored

This is a great story and its a shame that it hasn't received the accolades it is due. Dufris once again gives a command performance and Robertson shows his ability to add wit and humor to a great story. Interestingly enough, this story acts like a precursor to the Exhibitionary Force storyline where there is an Alien AI and human interface.

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  • Blue Beetle
  • 19-07-19

Story is rushed but slow

The plot is weak. Story is slow and trendy. I like the author but this story is poorly put together and more like a mall advertisement for teenagers. Main character is poorly developed, weak and artificial .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-04-19

Like a Gonzo Novel

If Gonzo Journalism has a literary equivalent then this is it. Could not bear to finish it. The tragedy was that an intriguing story line was destroyed in the telling

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  • PEH
  • 13-06-18

Ancient immortal and A.Is.

Loved this book, very interesting concept, give it a shot. A story of the ages.

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  • Jayde
  • 17-11-17

Unique sci-fi, A rare and wonderful gift.

I have enjoyed many of mr. Robertson’s stories and although I would not rate this one as his best, I did really enjoy it and thought it was well written.
I really liked the fact that this story used a different narrator than the other stories I have heard. Not that the other one was bad. I just liked that this story had a different narrator.

I highly recommend this author and this story.