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Rogue Protocol

(The Murderbot Diaries #3)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  27,300 ratings  ·  2,696 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
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Published August 7th 2018 by
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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)
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
Elle (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
Kevin Kuhn
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads, favorites
“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 he cares, especially when his supposed not-caring was his equivalent of security blanket (yes, pun intended) until now. But care he does, and so, instead of choosing a life of watching space soap operas he is headed to Milu, a planet where he just may fin
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I loved you, Miki!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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.

The Murderbot, despite all her desires to be left alone, investigating into the suspicious affairs of the massive GrayCris Corpor
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,
Robin (Bridge Four)
Reread starts today 27Apr2020

Still just as good the second time through. Really enjoying my time with MB.

Sale Alert: Kindle daily deal 5Mar20 for $2.99

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 live up to it. Bu
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
Richard Derus
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, therefore malleable, therefore manipulable in the vilest of ways)
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
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
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
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2019
Murderbot returns for part three of its adventures and manages to get involved in lots of kill or be killed action. There are humans to save, robots to befriend and other (bad) robots to destroy. These are such good books and I am very pleased I have still have part four to go.

Along the way our favourite rogue AI has started to develop feelings. Emotions are popping up and prompting a need to help humans and not hurt them. There is also a very good understanding now of why humans do what they do
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
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.
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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
“Who knew being a heartless killing machine would present so many moral dilemmas. (Yes, that was sarcasm.)”

Satisfaction level: 87% (slightly dropped since #Book 2, but NOT significantly)
Sarcasm level: 80%, reliably dropping thanks to Murderbot's interaction with Miki and Don Abena
Content level: 80%
Narration: 100%
Excitement level for next novella in the series: 100% getting right onto it
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2018, scifi, favourites

“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
Montzalee Wittmann
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Iryna *Book and Sword*
I loved Murderbot and I loved Miki, and all of the emerging emotions that Murderbot keeps discovering within itself, but the plot felt a bit flat for me with this one, and I found myself just a tiny bit bored.

The ending did make up for the middle that dragged just a tad, and I cannot wait to see where it all leads to in book 4.

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
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vivian by: carol.
The Catch-22 of being more than machine.
I wonder if ART thought I was this stupid when it had been riding around in my head. Maybe, but the chances were good that if that had been the case, ART would have said so.

Murderbot is on a mission to find answers. Using their hacking skills and nascent interpersonal skills, Murderbot makes deals and seems to find the same rut: hitching a ride, getting a job, and experiencing the dilemma of logic/programming versus "something else". Murderbot is becoming.
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Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including The Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads), the Ile-Rien series (including The Death of the Necromancer) as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, media tie-ins (for Star Wars and Stargate: Atlantis), and non-fiction. Her most recent fantasy novel is The Harbors of the Sun in 2017, the final novel in The Books of the ...more

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