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John Smith - Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars

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What if the Mayans got the start of the end correct because they had survived it once before? What if our written history was just as accurate as the old tale about three blind men describing an elephant? What if classic science fiction writing and television shows each got a piece of it correct, would you know which ones? If your eyes can only see a tiny portion of a coll ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published May 30th 2013 by Logikal Solutions

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Sadie Forsythe
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Take all of the current conspiracies about governmental Big Brother, immigration, outsourcing, war on terror, biological weapon research, operating system back doors, etc, roll them into one and you have this book. It is a cautionary tale about the dangers of American complacency. Granted it is presented as relevant to the world and pretends to be culturally inclusive, but it is very obviously centred in and focused on America. I almost wonder if the author realises this or if it really was just ...more
Bev
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
My take: This is a difficult review for me. I almost always can give high marks to the review request books and virtual tour books that I read because I carefully screen the books I agree to review. The synopsis really grabbed me. Roland Hughes has developed a fantastic premise. I liked the idea of tying in all kinds of SF writing and television shows into a fantastic piece of fiction. I had great expectations....

But, I have to be honest (and I only do honest reviews), this book was not, ultima
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Jason Pettus
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dark, contemporary, sci-fi
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

The Mid-Century Modernist era was the height of book-length manifestos masquerading as action novels (see 1984, Atlas Shrugged, and Walden Two for great examples of what I'm talking about); but this subgenre is still alive and well here in the 2010s, as evidenced by Roland Hughes' awkwardly titled John Smi
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Michael Long
Mar 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
John Smith is about a young female reporter who keeps out the last survivor of an apocalyptic war. Most of the population is young and has lost knowledge of what came before. This reporter finds and interviews John Smith about the world that came before.

This novel just wasn't for me. The entire thing (other than the epilogue) is in interview format. The main character spends the entire time telling about our current world today (boring...I already know about it), or some made-up stories about At
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Marilyn
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads-book
I was hooked from the beginning. I found this book enlightening, entertaining, well written and a worthwhile book to hang onto to read again and again. There is so much to think about!

The story is written in interview style and it is an interview between a young reporter of the new generation after the end of our world and a lone known survivor of the world we know. It tells what it would take to rebuild the world and that is an eye-opener!

Read this book! You won't be sorry!

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Cynde
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am loving this book. It is a refreshing , if tongue in cheek, look at what it would be like once the power, computers and the land masses as we know them are gone and a new cycle of civilization begins. The book is done as an interview between the last known survivor of the time before and a "reporter" from the new cycle.
I am still reading and enjoying this book, but i wanted to recommend how much fun it is to read!
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Leigh Holland
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
John Smith: Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars by Roland Hughes, 274 pages, Logikal Solutions, 2012, ISBN-13: 978-1939732002. Genre: Dystopian. Warning: May Contain Spoilers.

Review by Leigh Holland.

*I was given a free copy of the e-book in exchange for my honest review.

    This book was written in an interesting format. The last known survivor of the Microsoft Wars is John Smith, an elderly man who survived the cataclysm by hiding out in a bunker. Susan Krowley interviews him. The book is
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L. S.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Hearing differing versions of the apocalypse is always an interesting thing. Especially when they coincide with conspiracy theories. Then there are those that take conspiracy theories to the next level, and boom: we have John Smith, Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars.

It starts out interesting enough. It's formatted in the way of an interview conducted by Susan Krowley. There's a huge slew of information that follows, and it's all over the place. It sort of follows a logical progression,
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roxtao
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I started reading John Smith – Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars I had a really, really vague idea about what I’ll find in this book. John Smith – Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars is a post-apocalyptic novel, but the style chosen by the author makes it different from any other similar books that I’ve read. The story is told as an interview, the frame being a new world, built over the ruins of the world we know today. The entire history of the past and of the moments before ...more
Sheila Trask
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Futuristic History Lessons  “Beginnings, no matter how important they are, get forgotten,” writes Roland Hughes in this far-reaching inquiry into mankind’s history, and perhaps, its future. With John Smith: Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars, Hughes pushes the restart button on humanity, setting us down nearly seventy years in the future on a planet with very few people and very little memory of everything that has come before.
 
                Trying to sort it all out is young reporter,
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Mike Mcgee
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"So much gets lost over time"

That's a though John Smith states in author Roland Hughes’ John Smith - Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars. "So many people think things are such common knowledge that they do not need to be written down. Everything needs to be written down."
What Hughes has written down in this fictional work is a colorful and engaging futuristic dystopian tale that also doubles as an allegorical reflection upon, chiding of, and metaphorical roadmap for, modern society.
The st
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Anashi Sterling
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I received this book for free through GoodReads first reads.

Let me start by saying I think my rating of the book was largely influenced by how the book presented itself. The excerpt you read when you click on the title of the book, I personally feel, leads you to believe that it is similar to the ever-popular sic-fi actions/adventure series that it doesn't hesitate to name drop.

"Fans of Babylon 5, Star Trek TNG, Battle Star Galactica (the new one) and classic science fiction writing will enjoy t
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Ana Torres
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
John Smith- Last Known Survivor of The Microsoft
This story was an amazing read. It was nothing what I had expected it to be. About computers or about Microsoft itself.
Boy was I wrong.
Starts off with an reporter of the "Times" named Susan Krowley and she is referred in the book as SK. She went to find answers of the Microsoft wars, I am sure you are saying what war? I said the same thing in my head. It had me intrigued to continue reading on. This will peek your interest whether you know it o
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Paul
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a dystopian novel about life after a pair of worldwide catastrophes, one of which was man-made.

Near-future Earth now has 12 continents. America is gone. The vast majority of Earth's population has perished, along with a similar percentage of human knowledge. If a machine stops working, for any reason, it is not used any longer. That is because no one alive knows how to fix the machines, along with having no facilities to make new parts to fix those machines. As far as those still alive a
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Biswanath Banerjee
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: speculative
And the world is shaping us again!
The days of apocalypse are over-indomitable life force has defeated the power of destruction again-it is a new dawn of human civilization.
And no-this time the power of destruction is not from any external force-no alien power has invaded the earth, no comet has shattered the terrestrial life, no ice age has destroyed the rhythm of life.
The destruction has come within-the suspicion, greed, lust of a species called mankind had triggered the last war of human civil
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Amber
May 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

The general storyline is that of one very old man, John Smith, telling the history of the world to a much younger journalist, Susan Krowley. The man had managed to live through what was called the Microsoft Wars that resulted in the destruction of the world as we know it. He reviewed much of known history with more than a bit of speculation and conspiracy theories, especially as it relates to Atlantis and the actions of the Atlantians throughout ancient an
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Jeff
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
John Smith: The last known survivor of the Microsoft Wars by Roland Hughes is not your typical post-apocalyptic piece of fiction but also a well written piece of philosophy. There are no AI programs, killer robots, zombies, mutants, alien invasions or even nuclear war. It is a quick reading book that teaches use lessons of how that current events, human greed and not paying attention to our past can be the downfall of civilization. The story follows John Smith as Susan Krowley interviews him, ab ...more
Diane
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
John Smith: Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars is dystopian science fiction at its best, portraying the disintegration of human society from the perspective of a reporter, Susan, who sets out to interview the last survivor to have known the 'Earth That Was' before it was broken into twelve continents and changed forever.

What were the Microsoft Wars which caused such disruption? Apparently they were predicted by Mayan prophecy and as events are told to a reporter who gets so much more than
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Michelle Randall
Reviewed for Reader's Favorite.

In only 50 short years, the population of the Earth has dropped to a mere 5500. What? How you are thinking? Well, everyone blames it on something called the Microsoft Wars. What John Smith contains is an interview between a man, John Smith, who lived through the wars and a naive reporter who traveled to met John by horseback. Remember the dated November 13, 2013. John starts by telling her that he can not answer her questions about the wars if she doesn't understan
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Dhivya Balaji
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got this book as a part of a book tour. And the main reason I chose this tour is the title of the book. It intrigued me enough to read the summary, which eventually caught my interest. And to say it upfront, the book did not disappoint. It was, first and foremost, a different kind of story.

A survivor of a different kind of war, John Smith, meets a reporter from the newly formed world, and the whole book is written in a question and answer format. It is a new approach, and though ‘John Smith’
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A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to the author.

Susan Krowley is a reporter in the town of Fieldspring (population approx. 5,500) and she goes out in search of a story. Two days on horseback bring her to 79-yr-old John Smith, the last known survivor of the Microsoft Wars. She asks him what seems a fairly straight forward question: “Can you tell us why they were called the Microsoft Wars and were there really more than one?” John’s answer? “Yo
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Sandra (Crandomblog)
I am a nerd, I have known this for a while, so when I got the chance to review this, I JUMPED at it! However, I wasn’t one hundred percent happy with it.

A warning, it is written in interview format. It is about a young female reporter who goes to interview the sole survivor from ‘our’ time. He is very condescending and very hard to actually like. He is very annoying and is a very big know-it-all in my opinion. The main reason I was excited about this was it was a novel that took place in the fut
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Chris Torretta
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
I was so excited about that synopsis, especially with that whole end of the Mayan calendar thing. I actually enjoy reading weird stuff like that, so I thought, why not!?

When I turned to the first page I was thinking, OK? Is this entire thing going to be an interview? I was immediately turned off, but I stuck with it and I’m glad I did. It was different, a bit of a history lesson also, but done in such a way that it was really interesting. Ok, some of the history lessons bored me, honestly. I am
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Victoria Brinius
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story freaked me out a little bit. It reminded me of "Cell" by Stephen King where the technology causes you trouble. What if this book were true and all the what ifs in it were also true? The world as we know it would be extremely different. I often think about the Mayan calendar and wondered why they picked what they did. I was also nervous about my computer crashing on 1/1/2000.
This was definitely a thought provoking book for me and I will be wondering about some what ifs for awhile.
I a
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Patricia Bergman
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I won this book through Goodreads giveaway.

Actually I would give this book 3.5 stars. Parts were funny/ironic, however the majority of this interview style book was more of a lecture by a fictional last surviver of a former cycle of earth habitation. The author had some fun citing many older sci-fi stories to emphasize many of his points. Actually, I'm now interested in reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. He has made it sound intriguing. I love his caustic comments about the MBA
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Natalie
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Dolly
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a goodread win.

I loved this book. The fact that it is written as an interview between the oldest known man, John Smith (and survivor of the apocalypse that killed almost everyone) and a young reporter was a nice change from the normal type of story. This is John's story on what lead up to the end of the world.
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Cassandra
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cassandra's Review- A pang of intrigue and a blast of reality, through the point of the author is waiting for you in the pages of this book. I was both taken and held during this read and satisfied at the end. I would highly recommend this to anyone with a taste for interviews and post apocalyptic adventure.

I was able to get my hands on a complimentary copy of this book
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Teresa Lavender
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book. I didn't care for the format - interview style/dialogue through out - but it worked for the telling of the story. It is a story about what happens when the world as we know ends, its rebuilding, and interesting concepts on why it ended to begin with. ...more
Tom
May 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
The interview format wore on me after a while, but there were just enough interesting facts and concepts to keep me reading. It was thought provoking, but it took some effort to keep going.
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Roland Hughes is the president of Logikal Solutions, a business applications consulting firm specializing in VMS platforms. Hughes serves as a lead consultant with over two decades of experience using computers and operating systems originally created by Digital Equipment Corporation (now owned by Hewlett-Packard).

With a degree in Computer Information Systems, the author's experience is focused o
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