Joan Herl the commander of the space station Oasis and her husband Colonel Tom Herl contact Admiral Hagerly, who is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He, President Patterson, and the remainder of the government have taken refuge on the aircraft carrier Fittsburg in the middle of the Atlantic. The few remaining humans welcome the returning crew members from the moon colony Desert Beach.
One of the Oasis crew members, Dr. Julius Harold steels the key elements of the rogue computer and flees. They both have ulterior motives.
The remaining population of the human race must find a way to deal with the tremendous loss as individuals, humans, and for the entire planet.
After they have dealt with the aftermath and began putting their lives back together, the likely explanation for the sudden virus appears, and they must find a way to deal with the next great threat to their lives. The coincidence is too unlikely to believe. Now they have to band together and face the second direst impact to the human race.
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"...everyone simply went home to wait for the end"
Listening to Zachary Johnson's narration brings a greater immediacy to the audio version than simply reading the book. Although far less than in SIMPOC, the Thinking Computer, the story is told partially through the communications and Mr.Johnson's rendering of the voices of several computers is supsrb, making them sound authentically mechanical but still easy on the ear. Far from them seeming just bland, he manages to invest SIMPOK and Alpha, in particular with an internal feeling which shows through the unemotional reading whilst completely differentiating them from the human protagonists.
Most definitely Alpha who not only protects his human charges but also observes, learning to understand human responses and in so doing developing emotionally.himself.
This is not the usual disaster story format and the interwoven series just keeps getting better. Having now moved from the computer's perception of the viral spread, then through the same scenarios from the human perspective, this book has taken both forward from where Virus, 72 Hours to Live left off ... and has now introduced yet another element. I am so looking forward to finding out what happens next. Brilliant.
- Norma Miles
Loads of action, astronauts trapped in space, catastrophic events happening on earth, evil scientists, great human characters, and at the middle of it all is Simpoc, the altruistic computer that has become self-aware and wishes to help us. Very well written
I really liked the beginning and describing the viral situation. It sets the tone of the novel well. Naming the virus after a cheese-like symptom is interesting.
Great pace, an easy to listen to voice. I enjoyed the narration.
The virus hits and we have everyone left alive in space but a computer on earth. Is this what the future holds?
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- Tony Bough