Book 1 of the Quantum Ascension Series
by Alex M Brandt
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Pub Date 13 Nov 2020 | Archive Date 03 Aug 2021
AI killing machines destroyed his family - how can Ben trust an alien AI to save humanity?
Ben has just completed a hard day’s work blowing up psychotic killing machines, when he’s acclaimed a hero and sent off to Ceres, an icy planetoid orbiting beyond Mars. He sees this as a promotion - his boss sees this as a way of getting him killed. Once he gets to Ceres he discovers his imminent demise is the least of his problems.
Invincible aliens are on their way from the far side of the Galaxy to eradicate all human life. And the only faint hope for the survival of the human race is a very special young woman, a human/AI hybrid who his bosses also want to destroy. The AI is of alien origin, and gives her “magical” powers. This helps her to fool and outwit the people trying to kill her. Ben would rather just shoot them.
He’s also skeptical about the mysterious Alien AI. Humanity’s own experiments with advanced AI led to the rise of the crazed warmechs that destroyed his family. But as it turns out, nothing is quite what it seems, and everyone has a hidden agenda.
Praise for Quantum Whispers
Loved it! An excellent tale of human survival set against the backdrop of psychotic, AI driven war machines, and alien intelligences . . .
The most intriguing part of this book is the fact that it is thoroughly unpredictable . . . it offers more than a dash of mystery. At whatever point you think you're beginning to get a handle on the story something comes along and sends you down a whole different road. This infinite unfolding of plot lines always leaves you guessing and keeps you turning pages until the very last page.
The pacing is really fast and it will take some getting used to as you race from one danger to another with almost no breaks . . .
The human angle isn't lost despite the fact that there are other sentient intelligent beings and their technologies around.
Average rating from 4 members
I really enjoyed this book! It has great worlduilding and great characters, my favorite were definitely Key and Pandora. The story is also very interesting and well-developed, with good turns and exciting action! It's a great entry point for the series, and I'll definitely be looking for book two when it gets published!
Also, the technology in this world... my god, is great! Really. All the conflict with the AI is really scary and was great to read. Very cool read, specially for sci-fi geeks like me.
I enjoyed this book, it was a fun read. Not mil-fic or hard science fiction, but not space opera either. A bit of a mash up, War machine AIs (warmechs) running rampant, most of humanity dead, the rest in fortified megacities or space, a ruling class shoring themselves up on the backs of others. All AI development is controlled and limited to prevent the same thing happening again vis the war AIs. The main protagonist, Ben Hamilton, survives an ambush by warmechs and heads off an attack on the megacity that he is protecting. This earns him a promotion to an elite group the AI Control Board (AICB) and a mission to Ceres to check out a company that may be running an AI that is beyond allowed limits. This is just the start of subterfuge, advanced nanotechnology, rogue AIs, Aliens, & more.
this was a wonderfully done entry to start the Quantum Ascension series, it was a great read with interesting plot. I enjoyed the way the author writes and look forward to more from them.
This is a good book. I really enjoyed it and how it moved along at a great pace. The characters are well developed and the story is packed with action and adventure. The authors do a great job delivering a story with a solid plot and interesting subplots.
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