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What happens when a two-billion-dollar weapon goes AWOL? Weapon is the story of Solo, a robot created as the ultimate killing machine. There's just one problem—the weapon reuses to kill on command. At 6'2" and 300 pounds of titanium and electronic circuits, Solo is the latest in weapon technology and artificial intelligence. Equipped with telescopic, microscopic and infrar ...more
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Raegan Butcher
Apr 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: robot lovers
Fantastic adventure yarn with a truly endearing central character. This one is not to be missed.
Douglas Debner
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author posits a self-aware robot created as a prototype weapon and tested in cold war Nicaragua. The weapon, named Solo, realizes that its makers are likely to wipe out its personality and so it goes AWOL and befriends villagers fighting to protect their homes from U.S. back insurgents. The U.S. cannot allow this technology to fall into enemies hands and so conflict is inevitable.

The author tells an intelligent and straight-forward story. There was only one item I took issue with- Solo is s
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Curmudgeon

The plot fictionalizes weaponizing artificially intelligent robots.

The technology perspective (ca. mid 1980's) already feels dated, and the philosophical angle lacks the profundity of, say, "The Forever War", which covers some similar terrain (the military establishment equating warriors/individuals with machines) and which remains more topical despite having been authored at least a decade earlier.

The book is clearly reaching for a WOW! moment, but fails, at least comparatively, in both scope a
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Mirroralice
I'm fascinated with stories about AIs discovering themselves, humanity, and life; SOLO, the robot protagonist, is an endearing character and definitely likeable enough to carry the whole book on his own. A good read.

One major warning: both this book and its sequel contain explicit rape. I was personally put off by the fact that a detailed rape scene was the defining backstory of the only two important female characters in both books, so keep that in mind when reading. You could skim those pages
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Dan
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A.I is an interesting topic and most of the time the authors don't make the subjects ones you wish to be free. However, in Weapon, Mason does an excellent job of getting the reader to root for the A.I. Robot, Solo. Some of the scenes in this book are riveting and throughout the book I thought that this could be an amazing movie. I have been told that it is a movie, Solo, but it is extremely shitty. Oh, well. It is a good book and a quick read
Katrina
Good Reads Win: Really interesting story about AI. I loved how the soldier became him and got his own self. This series has a lot of violence and profanity so if your not into that stay away. I do recommend this to everyone that isn't easily offend by violence and profanity. A good read, something I probably never would have come across
Bryan457
pretty good story about the creation of an artificial intelligence, a robot soldier who develops a mind of his own.

I enjoyed it. You might want to steer clear if your political sensibilities would be offended by stupid military, and raping murdering Contras.

warning: violence and profanity.
David M. Kirchoff
Weapon delivers techno-science near future in a tropical battle zone.

The pace of this techno-thriller keeps you engaged to the last page. The "man machine" , Solo, becomes a near device presence on the page.
Sara
Sep 04, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
To-read, if this is the book I think it is. I'm not entirely sure.
James Pedler
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A bit old but was a favourite of mine when I was younger.
About a terminator like cyborg that is trained to kill, but realises he doesn't actually want to.
Michele
A really beautiful story about the emergence of intelligence in a machine, deceptively hidden in a story about politics and the military.
Ron Holmes
This is the first book I have read by Robert Mason. It is very interesting to see what a robot that is built as an intelligent weapon can do when it starts to think.
Jim
Jul 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway
Even though the book was written in the 80's,the storyline was good. I enjoyed the book and the character. would reccommend it
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