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Weapon by Robert Mason
(Author of Chickenhawk)

First book in the Solo series. Weapon was adapted for the film "SOLO"

New York Times Notable Book 1989

Solo, a two-billion-dollar weapon discovers himself while being tested in the jungles of Costa Rica.

"One of the best chase adventure novels of the eighties...Where other techno-thrillers end, Weapon is just warming up." —Martin...more
Published September 21st 1989 (first published 1989)
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Our technology has grown exponentially in the years since Solo, an AI robot prototype, went AWOL as a matter of conscience. But the story never grows stale. Solo was designed to be the perfect warrior, but he grew far past what was intended. Not precisely Superman, but much more than machine, Solo has a philosophical mind and a heart of gold. This book can be read as a thriller, and it is certainly suspenseful, with plenty of high-tech detail (from several decades ago). I read it when it first c...more
Raegan Butcher
Apr 25, 2008 Raegan Butcher rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: robot lovers
Fantastic adventure yarn with a truly endearing central character. This one is not to be missed.

The plot fictionalizes weaponizing artificially intelligent robots.

The technology perspective (ca. mid 1980's) already feels dated, and the philosophical angle lacks the profundity of, say, "The Forever War", which covers some similar terrain (the military establishment equating warriors/individuals with machines) and which remains more topical despite having been authored at least a decade earlier.

The book is clearly reaching for a WOW! moment, but fails, at least comparatively, in both scope a...more
A.I is an interesting topic and most of the time the authors don't make the subjects ones you wish to be free. However, in Weapon, Mason does an excellent job of getting the reader to root for the A.I. Robot, Solo. Some of the scenes in this book are riveting and throughout the book I thought that this could be an amazing movie. I have been told that it is a movie, Solo, but it is extremely shitty. Oh, well. It is a good book and a quick read
Good Reads Win: Really interesting story about AI. I loved how the soldier became him and got his own self. This series has a lot of violence and profanity so if your not into that stay away. I do recommend this to everyone that isn't easily offend by violence and profanity. A good read, something I probably never would have come across
pretty good story about the creation of an artificial intelligence, a robot soldier who develops a mind of his own.

I enjoyed it. You might want to steer clear if your political sensibilities would be offended by stupid military, and raping murdering Contras.

warning: violence and profanity.
Ron Holmes
This is the first book I have read by Robert Mason. It is very interesting to see what a robot that is built as an intelligent weapon can do when it starts to think.
James Pedler
A bit old but was a favourite of mine when I was younger.
About a terminator like cyborg that is trained to kill, but realises he doesn't actually want to.
A really beautiful story about the emergence of intelligence in a machine, deceptively hidden in a story about politics and the military.
Even though the book was written in the 80's,the storyline was good. I enjoyed the book and the character. would reccommend it
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To-read, if this is the book I think it is. I'm not entirely sure.
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