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Product Details

  • Series: An Old Guy/Cybertank Adventure!
  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Ballacourage Books (December 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985295635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985295639
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,182,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved this second Old Guy book. It was a little different from the first book in how the narrative ran, and the plat. But the characters and characterizations were excellent. The enjoyment was very high for me. Timothy writes so different from how David Weber writes, or how Keith Laumer wrote; yet it is every bit as enjoyable, gripping, and entertaining for me. I really like the concept of the human race having essentially evolved laterally into Bolo type autonomous cyber tanks. What a concept. In treating these machines as humans, and personifying everything about them, Timothy has successfully, in my opinion, managed to create and maintain a high level of interest, a high level of engagement, and a very imaginative plot line and story. Vampires and cyber tanks, who would have thought it. I will certainly be buying the next book, and plan to keep on until Mr. Gawne gets tired of writing them.
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The humans are gone. Died out, moved on? No one knows. But relax, their civilization continues, carried on by giant sentient cybertanks left behind. Threats, internal & external, must be guarded against. Just as with humans, the cybertanks forget about the internal threat & learn that even super intelligent tanks can commit treason & folly. Read closely & allow yourself to be instructed as to the difference between a sociopath & a psychopath by a vampire. Sorry, I forgot to mention. Humans may be gone but vampires are still around. This is good military scifi told with a clever wit which appeals to my sense of humour. Darn those neoliberal economists! Hooray for Zippo the space monkey! And the copymachine civilization!
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An excellent story that goes way beyond the Bolo stories of the past. They've had a lot of time to evolve and now in essence, they are the human race and still defend its borders. Very well written, and an easy going read that is fun and relaxing. No small feat that for a new author. The science seems clear, understandable and plausible. Characters you come to like and admire. Humor in just the right amount, cleverly done. Honestly, you stop thinking of them as building sized war machines most of the time. And Vol 2 is even better. Keep writing them, and I'll keep buying them..

Highly recommend, although neo-liberal economists may be offended. ;-)
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Gawne has taken the Laumer "Bolo" concept a step further with the development of fully sentient "Cybertanks". He creates very differing personalities among them in order to create perspective, and sometimes conflict. The stories are interesting and always fun. Believability is pushed by the number of (always hostile) alien races who show up. HIs one underlying unresolved mystery is what has happened to humans, who have mysteriously "disappeared" from our galaxy, leaving it to the machine intelligences to run things in the left-over images of humanity.

There are obviously more Cybertank adventures to come....Yeaaaa! Good reading.
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This tale shows us what it means for a cybertank and starship to be human. Being sentient beings tailored after humanity has it's good and bad points we learn for Old Guy and the cybertank civilization that he belongs to. Old Guy and friends learn the hard way, that being human is fraught with danger. Being human means often times concluding that you know what is best for everyone, regardless of the cost or consequences. We've seen this happen in the original Star Trek episode, with the Nomad probe searching for perfection and the upcoming Marvel Avengers II, featuring Ultron, a robot becomes sentient. In this tale a group of cybertanks believe that they have all the answers and must eliminate those who disagree. Old Guy and friends must determine what price they are willing to pay to remain truly autonomous humans. The tale has humour and drama, definitely a thinking person's Bolo novel. A very good read, nuff said!
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This is a sequel to the book "The Chronicles of Old Guy" which is about an entire civilization that is made up of giant intelligent robot tanks. I really liked the first book and was worried that the sequel would not live up to the first one. I was pleasantly surprised. The first book had a little more punch to it but this one has a real narrative plot. The first book was all first person but this one is third person and from multiple viewpoints. It's rare to have a jump like this but it works for me. One of the main characters is a sentient space battleship that is a rabid fan of Japanese anime. There are also space monkeys and the most unique and berserk rogue artificial intelligence that I have ever seen in print. There are a lot of battles and as before the author makes them all unique (I hate military science fiction that is just the same battle over and over again but with bigger missiles each time). The plot is interesting but some of the twists work better than others and the viewpoint shifts are a little rough. Grammar purists might want to look elsewhere. I was tempted to give it four stars but I was generous and gave it a five.
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The first book in this series "The Chronicles of Old Guy" was a very enjoyable set of short stories narrated first-person by a "Bolo" style tank. I loved that book but was worried that it would be a one-hit wonder. It wasn't. The sequel has a real plot and is told from different points of view but it's just as enjoyable. A mix of wit and action but all making perfect scientific and emotional sense. The author can take something that sounds silly but make it work. For example, one of the characters is Zippo the Space Monkey which sounds juvenile but it is all worked out. Recommended.
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