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The number one best-selling author of the Bobiverse trilogy returns with a space thriller that poses a provocative question: Does our true destiny lie in ourselves - or in the stars?

If it were up to one man and one man alone to protect the entire human race - would you want it to be a down-on-his luck asteroid miner? 

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

©2018 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC. Cover illustration by Stephan Martiniere.

Kritikerstimmen

“Dennis Taylor serves up a top-notch outer-space adventure…. Ray Porter’s narration is simply brilliant…. In addition to suspense, action, futuristic detail, and moments of comedy, the book brings a light, investigative touch to the question of what exactly human identity is.” (The Washington Post

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Future or not

interesting science fiction plot where mankind proves again stupid enough to nearly spoil everything only helped by some individuals with moral and Ideals. Story and reader with Good thrill throughout the story

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    5 out of 5 stars
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Great. Even better than Legion.

Great story, convincing characters, interesting theme. As I was listening in Audible, the narrator was very good too.

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brilliant and surprisingly accurate

so I'm not an expert on most of concepts but I dabble a lot in science. the computer side it very accurately portrait I as a programmer could identify with Ivan easily and agree with most of his decisions. he works his expertise into his conversations very fluently with makes his part of the story very coherent.
while there are some small criticism's I'll keep the review of the story short and not go into details about them its only some nitpicks.
If you are a science or computer nerd you will have a blast with the story, but even people who have no clue about the portrait concepts will enjoy this a lot!

Ray Porter does an amazing job with his tone in this, he was never off the mark and conveyed emotions perfectly. I'm still only giving 4 stars because I'm used to a more cinematic style of reading, with giving the characters more distinct voices, I missed that a bit here even though it was not necessary

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Für mich zum einschlafen

Sprecher verständlich und macht seinen Job gut.

Die Story selbst ist leider das Problem, hier zündet es sehr lange bis gar nicht. Das Buch möchte sich eher philosiphisch mit ein paar Themen auseinander setzten, scheitert jedoch kläglich.

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Leider zu kurz aber ein toller DET Roman

DET schreibt weiter in Hochform (ich habe leider manchmal Schwierigkeiten dem Englischen Kontext zu folgen).
Ich verstehe den Begriff "Singularity Trap" im Grund nicht. Ich vermute mal das beruht auf dem Vergleich mit dem Kobayashi Maru Test (Dennis Du alter Trekky), egal was man tut, das Ende wird unschön und die Protagonisten tun alles um den Test zu betrügen.
Die Charaktere erreichen nicht die Tiefe, die ich finden möchte und das Ende gibt einem das Gefühl es müsste eigentlich weitergehen... aber tatsächlich muss es das nicht, wenn man versteht worum es geht.
Weil aber das Gefühl da ist hat DET es nicht geschafft, die Geschichte richtig ausgleiten zu lassen, das Potential richtig auszunutzen. Daher nur 4 Sterne
Ray Porter liest nach wie vor in Hochform, mit angenehmer Stimmer und toller Erzählweise.

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Outstanding

Another unconventional idea that Dennis E. Taylor explores to its full extent. The story is brilliantly executed both in terms of suspension, the eventual reprise and, last but not least, Ray Porter's congenial performance. It's a keeper! Note that "The similarity trap" is a stand-alone SF novel, albeit Audible appears to indicate otherwise.

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One of the stars at the science fiction firmament!

Nice, adequat changes during the story , nice pace and a technologically not to far fetched basis. I really enjoyed, in my taste, close to the Ringworld of Larry Niven, but more circumscribed.

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  • DK
  • 28.09.2018

Great story - questionable audio production

The overall plot as well as the details are well constructed and engaging.
However, while Ray Porter is an excellent narrator, the decision to edit the audio to give all radio/remote conversations an artificial effect (sounds like a low-quality analog phone) is NOT beneficial.
Add to that that these edited parts come at a lower volume and are in general harder to understand in anything but a quiet environment.
The audio effect isn’t really distracting or overly annoying - but is does noticeably reduce the listening enjoyment.

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  • Eva
  • 24.08.2018

Bittersweet Vision

Another great story from Dennis E. Taylor. Only wish that guy could write as fast as I can read ;) Seriously good scifi and a very believable vision of the future. Can't wait for the next one.

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A fresh breath of good sci-fi

I loved this book for one main reason: the characters are smart and do smart things. In too many sci-fi books and other books in general, characters, institutions, and organizations make the wrong choices which is especially frustrating if they're characterized to be smart.

This book does not do that. The doctor characters are all very smart, make smart decisions, and are very competent. The main character, Ivan, is a top-of-his-class computer scientist and is an expert at understanding and working with computers. Even the military, typically riddled with tropes and clishés, is smart, intelligent, and competent. The choices that are made are typically the right choice to be made given the individuals access to information.

The only real conflicts in this book come from a violent and misinformed public (which is very realistic), the Alien artifact, and trust issues between characters.

Also, similar to my main point, a respect for scientific process and thinking is clearly shown by how the characters work and the ICDC. If there's ever a real life alien "pathogen" found, having the situation run as smoothly and effectively as in this book should be the Gold-standard.

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