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Rogue Protocol

(The Murderbot Diaries #3)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  9,492 ratings  ·  1,151 reviews
Who knew being a heartless killing machine would present so many moral dilemmas?

Sci-fi’s favorite antisocial A.I. is back 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 g
ebook, 160 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
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!
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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
Elise (TheBookishActress)
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
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
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
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
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
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
TS Chan
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-review-copy
I received an advanced reading copy from 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.

This penultimate instalment has the Murderbot, despite all her desires to be left alone, investigating into the suspicious affair
Manuel Antão
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Pro- or Anti-Wittgenstein SF: “Rogue Protocol” by Martha Wells

“I signaled Miki I would be withdrawing for one minute. I needed to have an emotion in private.”

In “Rogue Protocol” by Martha Wells

Is the SecUnit Pro- or Anti-Wittgenstein?

Wittgenstein is often cited by believers in the possibility of more or less "sentient" AI. He is cited because he seems to re-cast our understanding of what we mean when we talk about our own sentience, an
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This was another fun instalment of Martha Wells The Murderbot Diaries novella series.

I'm a big fan of Well's capitalist future gone awry sci-fi world and of her memorable and fantastic lead character, the security unit, Murderbot! Our favourite grumpy, socially anxious, security bot is the story's only POV character and that really works as Murderbot is a truly unique character with an engaging voice. Well's gets to inject a tone of humor into the story via Murderbot's wry observations on the t
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
ROGUE PROTOCOL, the third entry in the Murderbot series was a lot of fun!

This volume was a bit slow going at the beginning but once Murderbot got situated and the action started it became very difficult to put down. It is still trying to solve the mystery that started in the first volume and as more information is gleaned from various sources, Muderbot's position becomes more and more precarious.

What's fun about these books is that Murderbot isn't your average Security Unit (SecUnit) bot. It hac
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella, 2018-read
4.5 stars

Another excellent instalment in the Murderbot Diaries that has me anxiously awaiting the fourth and concluding novella in the series. The main character retains the trademark dry humour that makes Rin's voice so appealing to read. The story progresses nicely and continues to be tight and densely complex for such a short piece. Honestly, I can't get enough of these books.
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
Sh3lly (
All Systems Red: ★★★
Artificial Condition: ★★★

Once again, I find myself liking this, but not loving it. It's basically, "Murderbot saves the humans and makes friends with whatever A.I./bot/computer is around that day." It's cute. Murderbot almost seems more human than the humans around them. In this one, we go back to the planet from book 1. Murderbot is trying to figure out what GrayCris is really doing. And of course there is sabotage and shenanigans.

I kind of feel like this series is slightly
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Episode III, in which our beloved Murderbot continues its search for damning evidence of the GrayCris corporation’s nefarious dealings. Striving to put right what once went wrong and hoping each time that its next leap will be the leap home.

Wait . . . that’s, um. Aw, screw it, close enough—my show’ll be back any minute now, so I gotta make this quick.

Okay, so Murderbot, right? He, she, it—or whichever gender-neutral pronoun it prefers—is attempting to dig up dirt on GrayCris. Not only to figur
Mel (Epic Reading)
There is something about an androgynous (even though I think of Murderbot as a she and will refer to her this way in this review) snarky robot that can kill in an instant but has an obsession with serial shows that are essentially soap operas (as far as I can tell). Snarky Murderbot returns in this third installment of Martha Wells novellas as Murderbot works to gather more information about the illicit mining activities she was involved in before a mind-wipe made her forget.

I can't tell
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“Who knew being a heartless killing machine would present so many moral dilemmas”

Our favourite Murderbot is back, this time investigating GrayCris by checking out a seemingly abandonned terraforming space station. Naturally, things don’t go to plan. There are pesky humans in the way, as well as their ‘pet’, Miki. Wells keeps giving us different versions of AIs - not just Murderbot, but also transport, combat and sex bots, the brilliant ART, and now Miki who is puzzling with its naivety. All
3.5 spacial station stars

While on transit , Murderbot is still worry about the interest of the news after a one rogue SecUnit , so decides to take another route - this time to uncover some probably cover up of the same company that tried to wrong the group of PreservationAux. So our hitchhiker/stowaway-bot get aboard some transports, shake it electronics wondering about foolish indentured laborers humans, and finally ends aboard a transport with a group going to Milu, an aborted terraforming pro
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Murderbot’s back again in Rogue Protocol, the third installment in Martha Wells’ series of sci-fi novellas about a rogue A.I. who has broken free of its SecUnit programming, but all it wants is to be left alone to enjoy its thousands of hours of entertainment vids in peace. Well, that is until recently, when Murderbot discovered that GrayCris, the corporation behind the attacks that almost killed the scientists on the expe
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not only is Murderbot in full snark while looking for more evidence of GrayCris’ criminal activity, but Murderbot is also jealous. Not something it has experienced before, so it’s interesting to see as Murderbot must deal with the loved and coddled robot of a human on a terraforming facility.
I love the way all the AIs in Wells’ bot stories interact with one another; there’s the grudging respect for ART in the previous instalment, and now there’s Miki, for whom Murderbot alternates between derisi
Cathy (cathepsut)
I tried hard to keep this free of spoilers, but I might have failed a little.

“There needs to be an error code that means ‘I received your request but decided to ignore you.‘“
Sassy bot is back! This newest novella is full of increasing levels of snark, sarcasm and mental eye rolls by one of the most engaging AIs I have met so far.

“Who knew being a heartless killing machine would present so many moral dilemmas.“
Murderbot is still struggling with... emerging emotions? Becoming more human? Trying an
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Murderbot. You are such an idiot savant. A security idiot savant.
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was another great installment in the series! These stories have been a lot of fun and I have found that each one tells a really big story in a rather small number of pages. Murderbot is on another mission in this installment that kept me glued to the pages once again.

Murderbot wants to find out what is really going on with the GrayCris Corporation. The SecUnit poses as a security consultant when it encounters a group of people
kartik narayanan
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rogue Protocol continues the trend of exploring a different theme in every movie. This time it about friendship and what it means (I know it sounds a bit My Little Pony-ish but its not)

Murderbot meets a robot, Miki, in a team who, while simple, is devoted to the humans and vice versa. In addition, there are also the counterparts to this trope - evil mindless combats bots - which are following orders given to them mindlessly. This mix of both both kinds of relationships in addition to the interpl
Montzalee Wittmann
Rogue Protocol
The Murderbot Diaries, Book 3
By: Martha Wells
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
This book takes our murderbot on a very dangerous job when it should have been a simple case but thankfully she is no ordinary bot, it is a kick-butt not that may look human but pass for augmented human. No one would suspect a murderbot! She was certainly right for this job. She also meets another bot...possibly another friend for it? That would be exciting!
Wonderful narration! Although they have a male voice, w
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.

Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zread-111-sff
4 stars + 1 for extra robot goodness

I'm simply loving this series! Upon reflection, I realized just how many of my favourite fictional characters are bots/A.I. so please send any other bot recos my way.

Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Oh, Murderbot, let me count the ways I adore you....seriously, though, these books are just excellent. I love viewing the world through their eyes, and the overall mystery unfolding is great, too.
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
Rogue Protocol was another enjoyable read in the Murderbot series – I definitely liked it, but I have to admit, it lacked the spark that the two previous episodes had. Here are the things I enjoyed in this book.

As Usual For Murderbot, The Crew Is Nice

The crew in this book is nice, but in a different way than normal – because Murderbot doesn't actually have any contracted clients this time. I would not want to spoil too much, but the deal is like this – Murderbot is free, but they're having a
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Other books in the series

The Murderbot Diaries (5 books)
  • All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)
  • Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)
  • Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4)
  • Untitled Murderbot Novel (The Murderbot Diaries, #5)
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