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Sub-Human

(Post-Human #1)

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Before he was Old-timer, he was Craig Emilson, a young doctor, sucked into military service at the outbreak of World War III. Enlisting to become a Special Forces suborbital paratrooper, Craig is selected to take part in the most important mission in American military history—a sortie into enemy territory to eliminate the world’s first strong Artificial Intelligence. The m ...more
Kindle Edition, 223 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Post-Human Media
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John Kearns
Nov 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Reasons I hated this book:

1. The author holds people of faith in contempt. I don't have any personal animus against atheist authors in general. I've read almost all of Asimov's fiction, for example. But this book makes a point of ridiculing and demonizing people of faith.

2. Bad Research - Military: The main character is a US Air Force Captain, by virtue of being a medical doctor. Early in the book, just prior to beginning a mission, he meets the mission leader, who has the rank of Commander. The
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Montzalee Wittmann
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Sub-Human
Post-Human Series, Book 1
By: David Simpson
Narrated by: Ray Chase
This is the prequel to the Post-Human series. I enjoyed the majority of the book but the bouncing between times/worlds was not of my liking. It was good to set the background for the series.
Clay Davis
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
The book cover is very, very good. Part One of the work is the section I enjoyed the most, the rest read like a farce. Ironic I read this during the Wuhan pandemic and the anniversary of the sinking of the H.M.S. Titanic.
Michael
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I found this book on Amaazon as a free download and didn't really expect much, it was free after all and I've had mostly poor experiences with free books. However, after reading this book cover to cover it was an absolute nugget picked out of a field of dirt.

The story is set in the far future during a battle between humans and AI. The main character followed throughout the story is Craig, a soldier fighting against the AI. I won't go into much more detail as to the plot and story but it's fair
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Juan
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
What a promising start, too bad it ended up being a dud. The beginning is the only reason I'm giving it two instead of one stars.

I thought the first 3rd of the book was fantastic: excellent start, beginning of good character development, great plot twists. In short, a very original novel. But, soon as the next third of the book rolled around, the author only provided cliche after cliche. Really nothing original about the story.

Oh, and the pandering. I don't want to give anything away but let's
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Doc
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
On the one hand, Simpson's writing is reminiscent of Golden Age Science Fiction: the characters sometimes lack real depth, the plot can be somewhat simplistic, and the action may be predictable.

On the other hand, that's all largely not true. Sure, the characters may be a bit caricaturish or simplistic (like Golden Age): they go from not-surprisingly-suppressed passion/love to explosive passionate love (not erotic, just overwhelming/overblown). On the other hand, Simpson does a creditable job of
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Jack
Apr 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: losers

This book is remarkable. I have never cursed so much in my life. I can't think of any book that has effected me so strongly, that I wanted to hurl my tablet at the wall, and then set it on fire with petroleum, to cleanses it from the taint of this book. Sub-Human kept me awake all night with the fear that in this life time or in the next I might cross paths with another book like Sub-Human. No words can really quite describe how terrible this book is. David Simpson is really one of a kind author
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Jonny Illuminati
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
The Titanic?
9/11?!

Really???

>_<
SuperNinja
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Meh. I enjoyed the first two as somewhat original story lines. I'm not sure this one is really the same author. While the first two aren't great writing they aren't written as badly as this one. It's almost like this book is a farce. Sending a Special Ops trained doctor back to major tragedies in our history (Titanic, 9/11) and having him act like an overacting soap opera character is ridiculous.

The first two books presented an interesting, if not completely well articulated, "what-if" story. A
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Reynolds S
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A real page-turner of a book. I could not put it down. It has a good plot that flows well. It explores the area of evolution and how humans evolve. with or without outside help. I can not wait to read the other 2 books in this series.
Glen Deshaw
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very well written, highly imaginative yarn. The author is doing some brilliant marketing by building a reader base with free downloads of very marketable material! I am truly looking forward to the next book in the series!
Leonardo
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Damn you david simpson why don't you publish more books!? ...more
Lesa
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good quick read. Solid. More sci-fi than I anticipated.
Isaac
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, as AI is a topic that is interesting to me. This book was really not very good in any way. The "strong" AI, was dumb, basically spending the entire book telling the protagonist "I'm not sure about this", rarely taking any sort of initiative, and generally being unable to plan or think about more than one thing at a time. The protagonist himself, a medical doctor no less, is also dumb, acting in ways that are unbelievably naive and impulsive. The science and terminolog ...more
Don
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Sub-Human. The plot moves very quickly for a novel that relies on some wild ideas and Simpson explains the science very deftly without slowing the action. I had already read the other two in the series and had found them a tad fanciful, but this one doesn't exceed believability. Now that the beginning of the tale has been written, I think readers will enjoy the next book, Post-Human a lot more. Editing was superb as I only saw a couple typos. I breezed through this novel in two ...more
Benjaminivor
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was ok scifi but I'd say that the author could have done better. He should have put more time into developing the characters, tech, and science instead of trying to just hit every hot idea possible in a short book. You really can't jump from action scene to action scene without developing the point or offering some insight into what all the new scientific/technology developments actually mean to the protagonist or humanity at large. ...more
Wayne
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Awesome prequel to the Post-Human series. This trilogy is so well written that you really get to know the characters, while getting a sense of immersion into the story. With our current evolution of technology, one has to wonder what will humans become in the not so distant future.
Jeff Smith
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Excellent book. Very well written. Original. Can't wait to read the other books. ...more
Jonathan Kittrell
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-kindle


This book was so good! I don't think I've read a science fiction book this good since Ender's Game! I can't wait to start the second book!
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David Donaghe
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sun- Human by David Simpson is science fiction at its best. It was an page turner that I highly recommend.
Jeff Love
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
the prequal to the post human story did a good job of telling the story of how the post human age began.
Anthony Vicino
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Entertaining Hollywood blockbuster action movie type story, but hot damn if this doesn't have some of the most glaring character and plot issues I have ever seen. ...more
Christopher
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I suspected something was off when the author's intro points me to a "proof of concept" web video attempting to turn this series into a movie. While there's no problem with books that read like movies (most action novels necessarily do so)...this felt forced.

We're in the near future where the newly elected President is a fundamentalist Luddite of sorts who promises to stop the development of Chinese A.I. for the threat it poses to America (we will ignore the fact that nanotechnology that enables
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Karen
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had this on my audible TBR/L for a long time now, I also have the books sitting on my kindle wondering when I will get to them. While it still may be a while I am at least excited to get started because I highly enjoyed this small move into this world. It seems to have an interesting blend of politics, science, and intrigue that should be worth reading. I already like some of the characters who were introduced here and hope that they play a large part in the wider story when I get there.

Xander
Jul 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
I found this book by happenstance, it was mentioned on a site I visit and I followed up. The synopsis looked interesting so I purchased it and started to read, unfortunately the book just wasn't up to my liking. Unlike some other reviewers I'm not going to tear the author apart it takes a lot of work and effort to write and publish something. Instead I'm just going to provide feedback.

My first issue is with the one dimensional nature of the characters. Starting with the main antagonist Colonel P
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Laura of Lurking
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the novel I've chosen to read first in this series.

I was impressed with the quick snap of the action, while still allowing time for relationships to blossom and for the reader to learn to care for the cast. The chapters are short, making the book seem to read faster. It made it easy to grab "just one more chapter" (ok, so maybe it was 5) before doing work.

At first I was slightly confused as to which side of the war wanted what, in hindsight I feel this was the intention. In a couple of
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Justin
Nice quick single-sitting read. It utilizes the concepts of AI and nanobots well and has a fair amount of well-written action. Some wobbly bits but overall good pacing. Some characterization was a bit heavy-handed, but not extravagantly so. Will be starting the next one now.

Some of the other reviews have some fairly ridiculous complaints. Religious extremism exists, Luddites exist, demonizing the opposition CERTAINLY exists, misuse of technology and over-extension of the same exist. I think he m
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LadyCroft86
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
I really liked this book. The characters were great, the action was pretty much non-stop and the plot was great. I haven't read any of the other books, so I don't know anything about the characters yet other than what was in this book, so I am excited to read the next books in the series. I really liked Craig as a character, although he seemed a little unemotional in parts where he should've been freaking out. The time travel aspect was interesting, I am not a big fan of time travel, but this wa ...more
Ryne
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: super-soldier
A good science fiction adventure that excels at equally portraying both sides in the conflict of human evolution. No character is truly good or evil, though most are antagonistic towards the main character. There's a small bit involving time travel and alternate universes that was kind of pointless, but I'm not a huge fan of time travel stories apart from BTTF. I am intrigued to see how it factors into the following two books which I believe were written prior to it. ...more
Liraz
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed Sub-Human. The story was engrossing and I liked most of the characters. I liked the "Planck" idea, but I didn't like the "events" portions. It made the overall story melodramatic. I'm looking forward to the next book. ...more
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