Evolution (The Belt #3) by Gerald M. Kilby (Narrated by Steven Jay Cohen)

Shows More of the Human Side

4 out of 5 stars

This was one of those books where I blinked and it was over. I don’t say that in a bad way, just a way where one minute I was listening and the next I was not. A book that has the ability to set me into a trance like that has to be pretty good.

Being the third book in the series – I’m well versed in each character and the ideas that are going around. This book chose to focus more on the human aspect of each person (and of the humans in general). That means there was much less AI and a lot more human interaction. The crew find themselves trapped in a cave system where all other life forms are dead… or are they?

I found this book to be entertaining in a different way than the other books in the series. It flew by as I mentioned above and I thought the ending (trying not to spoil anything) wasn’t what I was expecting. I’m always shocked when a book (or a series in this case) can surprise me like that.

Overall, I thought Evolution was a good book filled with some different aspects than the first two. Cohen’s narration adds to the depth that Kilby writes and turns a good book into a great one.

Book Description:

Evolution (The Belt #3) by Gerald M. Kilby (Narrated by Steven Jay Cohen) four-stars
Evolution by Gerald M. Kilby
Narrator: Steven Jay Cohen
Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
Series: The Belt #3
Published by Spoken Realms on May 23rd 2019
Genres: Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook

Commander Scott McNabb and the remaining crew of the ill-fated Hermes survey ship, journey to Earth to an area formally known as Death Valley, now an irradiated wasteland. Their mission is to connect the quantum intelligence, Athena, into the pan-solar communications network, enabling the QIs to rollback control of Earth by the seven and their AI servants.

But their shuttle is damaged as it enters Earth’s atmosphere and it lands far from their intended location. Worse, it has been spotted by the AI that controls the region, and security drones are now searching the area to find it. With little hope of repairing the shuttle, Scott makes the fateful decision for them to journey through the wasteland on foot, even though some of the crew argue that this would be reckless.

But Scott is driven by a deeper motivation. One forged by the singular desire to find out what happened to flight officer Miranda Lee and the child she was carrying. This is because Aria has made him a promise. The QI has assured him that once Athena is reconnected it can then analyze Earth’s vast data-stacks and find her location and, more importantly, find out if she is alive or dead.

Now, nothing else matters to Scott. He is willing to risk everything to achieve the mission and ultimately find Miranda - even if that means risking the lives of his friends.

Also by this author: Entanglement (The Belt #1), Entropy (The Belt #2)
Also in this series: Entanglement (The Belt #1), Entropy (The Belt #2)

four-stars

Brian

I’ve loved reading since I was little when my dad would read me Dr. Suess books. Fast-forward a little and I noticed that he was always reading on his lunch breaks at work, and I wondered why.Then, I found a book that took me to another place and time, to another feeling,another sense of “being”.It was the first book that I ever fell in love with, and I’ve been chasing that feeling ever since.
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