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Roboteer by [Lamb, Alex]
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The starship Ariel is on a mission of the utmost secrecy, upon which the fate of thousands of lives depend. Though the ship is a mile long, its six crew are crammed into a space barely large enough for them to stand. Five are officers, geniuses in their field. The other is Will Kuno-Monet, the man responsible for single-handedly running a ship comprised of the most dangerous and delicate technology that mankind has ever devised. He is the Roboteer.
Roboteer is a hard-SF novel set in a future in which the colonization of the stars has turned out to be anything but easy, and civilization on Earth has collapsed under the pressure of relentless mutual terrorism. Small human settlements cling to barely habitable planets. Without support from a home-world they have had to develop ways of life heavily dependent on robotics and genetic engineering. Then out of the ruins of Earth's once great empire, a new force arises - a world-spanning religion bent on the conversion of all mankind to its creed. It sends fleets of starships to reclaim the colonies. But the colonies don't want to be reclaimed. Mankind's first interstellar war begins. It is dirty, dangerous and hideously costly.
Will is a man bred to interface with the robots that his home-world Galatea desperately needs to survive. He finds himself sent behind enemy lines to discover the secret of their newest weapon. What he discovers will transform their understanding of both science and civilization forever... but at a cost.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1903 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (16 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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The worlds of Will the Roboteer are exciting and frightening and the author has woven an exciting start to a series I am happy to recommend. Book two is on my iPad and three has been preordered. Joining me in this series will not disappoint.
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The first few sections of the book were a little simplistic in setting up characters, and there was only a small internal conflict that could really drive that.

The closing act of the book is a lot more solid, and less focused on disucssions between characters instead diving into politics and action sequences which fit well.

There was a risk this would follow too happy of an ark, with everyone surviving and the bad guys trounced, but luckily its more subtle than that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exicing first novel 9 October 2015
By Henry L. Lazarus - Published on
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Alex Lamb uses a standard trope of a future Earth gone theocratic, trying to conquer and convert its former colonies. Galatea, a world still being terraformed, is vastly outnumbered. It has mods for people to make them stronger, faster, smarter and to connect to the robots around them. Even for a Roboteeer (paper from Gollancz) Will Kuno-Mone is unusual enjoying interacting not only with the robots under his control, but also the rest of the crew of the stealth ship Ariel. Earth has developed a sun-tap weapon, and the Ariel follows its commander to an amazing discovery, a world built by aliens. The new weapon is from alien technology, and as the crew of the Ariel discovers, created by transcended alien species. Species willing to self-edit are allowed to grow. The sun-taps marks the stars of those species unable to progress and allows the transcended to wipe them out. So will, also being modified by the transcended and the rest of his crew have to somehow stop a powerful Earth and return it to sanity. Getting there is very exciting with near-miss excitement as our heroes are captured and escape only to be captured again. Lots of fun with a solid ending. Review printed by Philadelphia Weekly Press
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely enjoyable romp through the galaxy and the nervous system 6 August 2015
By Dave - Published on
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It's easy to say there's nothing new under the sun, but a good sci-fi writer knows that our sun is just one star among many, and as many variations can exist as there are stars. When an author has a strong love for science, Artificial Intelligence and social issues and wraps it up in a very readable novel, you've got something for which it is very worth sitting up and taking notice. I loved the ideas presented and explored in this novel, and even more, I love the fact that it's very smooth and enjoyable read.

I'm very much looking forward to further works by the author and hopefully new books in this series will be available soon.

For fans of: William Gibson & Arthur C. Clark (by that I mean people who love both authors and would love to see them collaborate on a modern novel)
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific sci-fi romp 31 October 2016
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This is a terrific book. I read it off and on over a weekend filled with other engagements, but I kept coming back to it. Alex Lamb has created a fascinating sci-fi landscape peopled with complex and interesting characters. And the writing itself is just really felicitous. Having just purchased another sci-fi book with a similar theme in which too much of the explanation occurs through dialog made me reflect on how artful it is to have a proper mix of dialog, exposition, and description.
Disclosure: I know Alex slightly (our wives used to be colleagues), and that's why I bought the book originally, but that's not why I'm so enthusiastic about it. I hope he turns this into something like the Hornblower series, in which the hero, who starts out as a "lowly" roboteer moves up in rank and responsibility as the series progresses. I eagerly await sequels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, interesting book. Well worth your time and money. 17 August 2015
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Great book, interesting story and great imagination. I really enjoyed the science part of this. The only thing that I could complain about in this book is that it really doesn't leave room for a sequel. Damn shame that. I thought that the characters were well developed and I could easily understand most of their motivations (hard to get to with just one book). I highly recommend this book and look forward to more by this author. Loved the editing! Well done
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Voice in SciFi 1 July 2016
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Roboteer is an unique voice in a genre that, at times, has a hard time distinguishing specific voices even when the writing is great. Ships, aliens, wars, enhanced humans vs non-enhanced humans, a statement on extremism and government overreach.... We've seen it all right?

What Lamb does so well with Roboteer is in the characters, making it a personal experience. The tech is new and cool, without being so far fetched that you're taken out of the story trying to wrap you head around exactly what the author is trying to get your imagination to build. From the first chapter you're invested in the characters and the sentiment only grows.

Can't wait for the sequel.

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