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Rogue Protocol

(The Murderbot Diaries #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  66,372 ratings  ·  5,896 reviews
SciFi’s favorite crabby A.I. is again on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask more questions about where Dr. Mensah's SecUnit is.

And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good.
Kindle Edition, 150 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Tor.com
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Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of A.I.s, Murderbots
"Or Miki was a bot who had never been abused or lied to or treated with anything but indulgent kindness. It really thought its humans were its friends, because that's how they treated it.
I signaled Miki I would be withdrawing for one minute. I needed to have an emotion in private."

Murderbot returns for a third and autumnal installment. 'Bot is a little more experienced, but honestly is making some familiar mistakes. As we all do, really, but I guess I expect more from a heartless killing machine
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another adventure with my favorite antisocial A.I. aka Murderbot!

You'll love or hate the humor but it works for me. Quite frankly, Murderbot could do anything and I would enjoy it.

I hadn't loved book 2 but definitely enjoyed book 3. Will get my hands on book 4!
Elle (ellexamines)
I’m going to stop reviewing these books because I’m not going to lie: this entire volume could be about Murderbot laughing at a cat video and I would enjoy it. I love the questions this series brings up of what makes a human, and I’m increasingly feeling like the answers are coming and coming fast. I love the fast-paced plot, I love the sweet human side characters, I love the tidbits of wordbuilding we get here [i know I never say this but I want more!!] and I adore the humor. Reading about an A ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, science-fiction
4.5 stars! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Martha Wells’ endearingly grumpy cyborg Security Unit Murderbot returns with a vengeance in Rogue Protocol, the third novella in the MURDERBOT DIARIES series. In Rogue Protocol, Murderbot heads off to Milu, a deserted terraforming facility in space, to investigate the past of a murky group called GrayCris, which we originally met in the first book in this series, the Nebula award-winning All Systems Red. GrayCris appears to be intent on illeg
“Who knew being a heartless killing machine would present so many moral dilemmas.
(Yes, that was sarcasm.)”
Our not-too-social, cynical, sulky and very snarky Murderbot, “a rogue SecUnit with a record of past mass murder”, hates to admit that it cares, especially when its supposed not-caring was its equivalent of security blanket (yes, pun intended) until now. But care MBot does, and so, instead of choosing a life of watching space soap operas it is headed to Milu, a planet where it just may f
May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tor-novellas
first, some math:

i initially gave this book four stars, which is my go-to reflexive response whenever i like a book, because stars are only important in navigational contexts. HOWEVER, when i (finally) sat down to write a review, i realized i loved it too much, and have tossed it an extry star, mostly because the interactions between miki and murderbot are puh-riceless.

...I don't know, everything was annoying right now and I had no idea why.

Okay, Rin! Miki said. We're friends, and friends call
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The weakest book in the series thus far didn't bring anything new to the table.

Just the sheer premise and lighthearted style of writing from Martha Wells in The Murderbot Dairies is enough to carry a book to be enjoyable, but this was certainly the weakest of the bunch. The story didn't bring anything fresh, and this felt like a rehash of the previous stories but withou
David Putnam
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book a great deal. But not quite as much as the previous two. This one started slow. I think it was the lack of setting the conflict quick enough. Right after the conflict was set, the book hit a wallow and I almost put the book down. I was glad I didn't, the end of the book grabbed me by the throat and drug me through. I'm not sure why book two and book three are broken into two books. Combined they make an average length book. They also deal with the same topic the investigation ...more
Dec 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries #3)
by Martha Wells (Goodreads Author), Kevin R. Free (Narrator)

The hunt is on for Dr. Mensah's missing SecUnit (our grumpy, surly, series addicted Murderbot). Also, Dr. Mensah is being blamed for some of GrayCris Corporation's crimes. Murderbot now realizes GrayCris is behind the deaths of countless humans and they have no intention of stopping their murderous evil deeds. This time MB infiltrates a group of scientists on a planet where the terraforming was m
Kevin Kuhn
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the Murderbot series
Shelves: science-fiction
This is novella three in the Murderbot Series. For me, the series is beginning to feel a bit formulaic and has lost some of its charm. Part of the issue for me, is that 1&2 in the series are so good, it’s tough for author Wells to keep up with my expectations. It’s still a great series and I’ll quickly move on to #4 but it felt like a little speed bump in the road.

We start this installment with Murderbot on a transport filled with annoying humans. In the Murderbot Series most of the human’s are
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The good news is that when the robots rebel and decide to kill us all - because let's face it, it's gonna happen - we may have a surprising super-hero in Murderbot. Our favorite snarky, tv-addicted, misanthrope robot can't seem to help him-or-her self when it comes to saving humans. Every time he/she tries to get away from us, he/she ends up needing to save human lives. A very unlikely and begrudging hero.

Heroes come in a lot of different ways.

This book is the continuing story of Murderbot, so i
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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Lex Kent
4.50 Stars. I’m in love! I needed a palate cleanser since I have been reading a lot of slower paced romances, so I thought I might as well shake things up with my favorite SecUnit, Murderbot. After 4 stories, three novellas and one short, I am 100% hooked. This series is so good and it just keeps getting better and better every story. My only complaint is that the stories just end too quickly. Not in content, these are meaty novellas that feel like a good weight, but just in the fact that I want ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-shelf, sci-fi
Urban fantasy has made it to the broken assassinbot AI stage in a big way. Just as much internal monologues as the other field, but this is entirely a corporate/spaceships/planetary colonies kind of popcorn fiction.

Is this is as good as the other two delicious entries? I think so. Maybe not quite as interesting as the last, but introducing the near-skinjob Miki who is treated at worst as a pet and at best as a valued member of the team was a real treat for us, if not for our favorite broken assa
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murderbot is back. This time it decides to take an active approach to bringing down the corporation who sabotaged its... it hates to call them friends, but what other word is there? The other participants of the first book's plot. Yes, participants, that will do. Going to a planet that had its teraforming shut down, Murderbot investigates why the project was abounded. Along with a new group of scientists and and extremely friendly robot named Miki, Murderbot discovers another plot and *sigh* has ...more
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Niki's Narrative Novella Review [Part 3/4]: I braced myself for this book. My trust in this author and this series was so strong by this point that I just hopped in and buckled up without even asking where we were going. And I was treated to possibly my favorite of the bunch (it’s like combing fine hairs). With all the key components right up front, some amazing Murderbot feels that kind of rocked some of my perspectives on life (that’s deep), and crazy whirlwind action that almost gave me whipl ...more
Em Lost In Books
Dec 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, 2021, 2010-19
Another fun installment, though story didn't progressed in terms of series plot. Bot was good but it was Miki who stole the show for me. I loved Miki and how his kept the story light and fun. ...more
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome adventure with my favorite killer robot, Rogue Protocol has much more heart than the last two installments with the introduction of Miki, a sweet helper robot. Miki is as loyal as a puppy and as kind and devoted to its humans, as they are to it. Murderbot finds this relationship between human and machine, at times revolting and at other times endearing. Murderbot is a tad envious of Miki, but has to set up a connection with it to get information it needs. Mayhem ensues.
TS Chan
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review-copy
I received an advanced reading copy from Tor.com in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars.

I wish to echo Ann Leckie and simply say "I love Murderbot!"

The Murderbot Diaries is indeed shaping up to be a fantastic series of novellas that tick all the right boxes, albeit in a smaller-sized package of excellent science fiction action and empathetic character development.

The Murderbot, despite all her desires to be left alone, investigating into the suspicious affairs of the massive GrayCris Corpor
Robin (Bridge Four)
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Still just as good the second time through. Really enjoying my time with MB.

Original Review

Murderbot is again witty, sarcastic, grumpy and a little bit on the broken side. All things I love in a hero. They are quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. I’m totally rooting for them way more than any of the humans *shrugs*.

I had so much fun with Murderbot and ART in the last book that I was worried this one wouldn’t l
Jeffrey Keeten
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
”’Oh, Murderbot, what did you do?’

(I don’t even know. I suspect it has to do with the fact that I went from being told what to do and having every action monitored to being able to do whatever I wanted, and somewhere along the way my impulse control went to hell.)

‘The only way out of this was to kill them.’”

I’ve been stuck in long, droning meetings with annoying, stupid humans before where I would briefly run a Tarantino scenario through my head where I emerge from the conference room bloodied,
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rogue Protocol is the third book within Martha Wells' addictive series, The Murderbot Diaries.

I picked this series up on a whim last year and quickly fell in love with Murderbot, as well as Martha Wells' humorous writing style. It drew me in right away!

In this installment we rejoin Murderbot on its continued hunt for answers regarding its violent past.

It ends up on another mission, this time heading to a terraforming facility once run by the mysterious and sinister GrayCris Corporation.

More hum
J.L.   Sutton
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3) by Martha Wells

Martha Wells' Rogue Protocol (Murderbot Diaries #3) takes a little longer to kick into action than the previous two installments, but was still fun. Murderbot's interactions with other AI, this time Miki, continues to be among the highlights. Miki is not nearly as interesting as Murderbot; however, Miki's personae allows the reader to speculate not only about the range of AI functions and abilities, but also about how we'll try to turn our AIs into friends. The last Murderbot installment, Artifi
The good thing about pretending to be an augmented human security consultant instead of a construct SecUnit is that you can tell the humans to shut up.

Rogue Protocol marks the third short entry in Murderbot's diaries, and once again our favourite anti-social bot has found a way to continue it's journey to evidence and eventual freedom - all going to plan, which of course it doesn't.

I didn't want to see helpless humans. I'd rather see smart ones rescuing each other

I feel you, Murderbot.

Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A call from Dr. Mensah sends Murderbot back on the trail of GrayCris, the company that tried to kill all the researchers Murderbot was assigned to protect in All Systems Red. GrayCris is still looking to camouflage its alien artifact recovery schemes, so Murderbot is in a good position to damage them by uncovering the truth about their illegal activities on Milu, where the company recently abandoned a terraforming facility. As usual, a group of humans mucks things up, and Murderbot must rescue t ...more
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
reread: march 4, 2022
yeah, this is still my least favourite murderbot book, but i definitely enjoyed this waaay more the second time around and the audiobook is just AMAZING.

original review: september 8, 2020
martha wells is at it again... making me feel things for ships and bots and drones.

(view spoiler)

despite that, i’m giving this one 4 stars because i pretty much lost the plot about halfway through. surprisingly, i didn’t get attached to the human characters in this o
Richard Derus
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindled

Oh, Murderbot!

Oh my poor, sweet Murderbot. Your pain is real to me because Author Wells is skilled in the art of inflicting pain in innocent readers. Best of the three stories by a good margin.

Murderbot continues its quest to fully understand the horrible life it's led as a slave, one sentient enough to be autonomous but still able to be customized to perform different complex security functions (which implies being programmable, ther
Michelle F
Ahhh Murderbot. Even on a reread, with some redundant schtick and plot movement, you never fail to make me happy.

These books are just so dang approachable, and it is impossible not to root for our rogue SecUnit.

This series is becoming my own version of 'Sanctuary Moon', and I couldn't be happier about that.

Another fun adventure. Another bunch of laughs. Another appreciative round of character resonance. Quick and tidy and comfortable.
One thing I highly appreciate about this series is its layered portrayal of emotional complexity. Murderbot is reminiscent of someone who grew up in an abusive household. It is clearly a being with high emotional intelligence, but prior to hacking its governer module it was only seen as a prop or a means to an end. It always struggles to find conducive pathways to channel its emotions through and its most favoured reactions seem to be feigned indifference, rage and denial.

Rogue protocol is the b
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
More Murderbot? Yes please!

Murderbot continues on its mission to find evidence to bring down the dodgy company GrayCris and in doing so gets to visit yet another site where the company committed its crimes. And almost inevitably, ends up having to protect a bunch of humans. The increasingly poorly-named Murderbot seems to do that an awful lot.

It's the voice. Murderbot's wry commentary on everything around itself and its own performance is absolutely the star of these books, even given that the p
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Martha Wells has been an SF/F writer since her first fantasy novel was published in 1993, and her work includes The Books of the Raksura series, The Death of the Necromancer, the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy, The Murderbot Diaries series, media tie-ins for Star Wars, Stargate: Atlantis, and Magic: the Gathering, as well as short fiction, YA novels, and non-fiction. She has won a Nebula Award, two Hug ...more

Other books in the series

The Murderbot Diaries (9 books)
  • All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)
  • Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)
  • Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4)
  • Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, #5)
  • Fugitive Telemetry (The Murderbot Diaries, #6)
  • Untitled (The Murderbot Diaries, #7)
  • Untitled (The Murderbot Diaries, #8)
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