Rogue Protocol

Rogue Protocol

Book - 2018
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"Sci-Fi's favorite antisocial AI is back on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayChris 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 good."
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250191786
Characteristics: 158 pages ; 21 cm.

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labraden
Sep 30, 2020

Even when Murderbot leaves RaviHyral knowing that it isn't completely responsible for killing the people there, the staff is still dead, leaving Murderbot depressed. It decides to track down evidence of wrongdoing by GrayCris in the aftermath of the incident at DeltFall and send it to Dr. Mensah who is about to try to bring them down in court. This leads it to Milu, a station owned by GrayCris where illegal alien tech harvesting might have been occurring under the guise of terraform project. When Murderbot arrives at the nearly empty station, it meets Miki, an innocent bot that convinces Murderbot to once again protect clients it doesn't want, but even Miki can't predict how important Murderbot will become to all of them.
In Rogue Protocol, Murderbot continues to search for what it wants and to find a purpose. Although it is still difficult for Murderbot to interact with humans, it feels protective of those it runs across, blaming its feelings on previous programming. By periodically breaking the fourth wall, Murderbot brings the reader more deeply into its thoughts, making it easy to empathize with the character. Another good entry in the Murderbot Diaries series.

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rixonkj
Sep 22, 2020

!!!!!

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JLMason
Jun 26, 2020

The third novella in the Murderbot series continues to be an amusing read, but the plot is repackaged from novella #2. In Murderbot’s search for evidence to implicate misdeeds by the GrayCris corporation, it encounters humans in danger that it intervenes to save. It also has to deal with an annoying “petbot”, which provides comic relief like ART in novella #2. And the plot relies on Murderbot’s ability to hack just about anything; I guess software in some future millennium is still filled with security vulnerabilities. Or perhaps Murderbot’s unique sentience combined with its augmented processing power give it a hacking advantage, because other security bots don’t seem to have the same level of capability. Regardless the curmudgeonly, but principled Murderbot character and the well-written action sequences are delightfully entertaining.

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evanbrow
Jan 23, 2020

Another good, fun, interesting sequel in the Murderbot novella series. While the plot was a little more complex and slightly less engaging than the first two novellas, it had a strong ending and did an excellent job further characterizing Murderbot's motivations and intriguing personality. I missed fleshed-out human characters like Dr. Mensah and fantastic A.I. characters like ART. However, Miki's story was done well. My fourth favourite Murderbot novella.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin May 13, 2019

Murderbot, as usual, is hilarious.

IndyPL_SteveB Apr 25, 2019

#3 in this interesting series of SF novellas. It really reads like a novel in four parts.

The main character, a security android or “SecUnit”, no longer calls itself “Murderbot”. In this book it refers to itself as Security Consultant Rin. It is trying to gather evidence against the evil GrayCris Corporation, which has been plundering planetary archaeological sites – and murdering the opposition – for a long time. It stows away on a shuttle going to a GrayCris derelict terraforming station, where it thinks it might find some leftover evidence to put GrayCris completely out of business. But soon it discovers that, as usual, the humans on the shuttle don’t know what they are getting into and that they really need a SecUnit on their side. It also finds Miki, a robot who needs a friend. Plenty of action but not a lot of actual plot. The real interest is in Rin’s continuing efforts to define itself as a unique combination of human, machine, programming, and free will.

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robinwalthery
Feb 13, 2019

MurderBot 3

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jtorkilson
Jan 31, 2019

Murderbot Book 3

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JonMoss
Nov 08, 2018

Murderbot Diaries - the Best SF I've read in years. Highly recommended.

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Dtrasler
Nov 06, 2018

Really enjoying the Murderbot diaries. They're so short I get to read a whole book in an evening, but they don't short you on the story. I think I even prefer getting the overall story in short bites. As one big book, it might be a little unwieldy, plus I'd rush through the whole thing. Dividing it into four chapters makes it much more accessible and enjoyable.
The writing is fun and the characters are good. Highly recommended.

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CMLibrary_gjd Oct 04, 2018

pg 97: We're talking about GrayCris here, whose company motto seemed to be "profit by killing everybody and taking their stuff".
Does this sound familiar?!?!

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