- File Size: 2311 KB
- Print Length: 197 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Benedict Martin (September 2, 2014)
- Publication Date: September 2, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00N9NSVZQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Charlie Robot Kindle Edition
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Set in Vancouver (I liked that, a switch from the yawn of Los Angeles or New York) we experience Charlie's journey from his point of view. And Charlie's perspective is vital to the success of this story, as he questions the morality of being a faux android, as a pawn in a con, to shake down some billionaire investors. But like "the man behind the mask" Charlie discovers that his behavior is changing--not always for the good--as he adopts the persona of his alter ego.
As I plunged deeper into the book (and what a wry satisfying read it was), I felt sympathy for Charlie due to the unsustainable tensions that he (or it) was experiencing. And I began to sense a subversive quality to the author's writing: cunningly, disguised within an extremely accessible and entertaining story, he surfaced several profound questions with regard to mankind's future interactions with artificially intelligent androids. Would the "torch and pitchfork" crowd come out to destroy those unlike themselves? Is an autonomous thinking entity capable of great feeling, including pain and sorrow, still just an "it", a thing? Would the willful destruction of such a device, embodied with a thoughtful human mind (and soul?), be a crime? And would humans be prone to behave increasingly badly in comparison to these intelligent robots? As for the creator of such smart devices, would it inevitably be a fiendishly dishonest mind bent on ambition, riches, and nefarious intent?
This reader found the implications interesting but remained with the story, as it was satisfying enough. My final thoughts: the characters are vividly drawn, the story is current, and that it would make a terrific movie or television show.
[Review by Mark Fine, author "The Zebra Affaire"] The Zebra Affaire
Though the pacing is slow for me because the events that occur are ones you could expect to see happen just about in any corporate setting where someone has to cover their backside, the dialogue has an understated humor that had me smiling and chuckling off and on throughout.
What made this one unique was the fact that despite the heavy science premise, I felt, saw, and totally empathized with Charlie as events unfolded in this tale. Benedict does a wonderful job of presenting the mundane, run-of-the-mill actions that most encounter with an edge and glow of "new" most adults have forgotten exists.
Another point of "this works, this doesn't work" was with the characters. Most of the main cast you encounter throughout felt a little flat. Each had their own personality and feel, yet there was something missing. Because of the writing style, I can't quite tell if this was because of the point of view, or because they just weren't as filled out as I could have wished. In a few instances, some of the secondary characters inserted to help make the big reveal come about actually outshone the main cast and crew you follow into and out of various scrapes and forays into personal troubles.
The overall pace of the plot seemed just a tad bit on the slow side for me, except for the chapters handling the "big reveal" which actually felt a bit rushed. Again, since I had already figured out what was happening, the pacing of the action was affected for me.
Overall, I did enjoy the book, and look forward to other stories written by Mr. Martin. I think he is going to definitely be a force to contend with as he fully matures his skills as a writer.