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Myers is a Relic. Cast out of society by a computer program that's far more efficient at managing and regulating human life than any human ever could be. The System is running everyone's life. It's quickly becoming smarter than humans, and it no longer has any need for leaders like Myers. There's a technological singularity coming, and only Myers knows how to stop it. TheMyers is a Relic. Cast out of society by a computer program that's far more efficient at managing and regulating human life than any human ever could be. The System is running everyone's life. It's quickly becoming smarter than humans, and it no longer has any need for leaders like Myers. There's a technological singularity coming, and only Myers knows how to stop it. The problem? He doesn't remember anything from the past fifteen years. And now he's being hunted......

Title : Relics: Book One: The Dawn
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ISBN : 9781517770983
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Number of Pages : 214 Pages
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Relics: Book One: The Dawn Reviews

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    2019-04-01 09:44

    Relics: OneWritten by: Nick ThackerNarrated by: David S. DearThis is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. I really liked this book. It had all the makings of a big 4 star. A guy wakes up in a desert and doesn't know who he is. His mind is wiped clean of many memories but some are kept intact. He knows his wife, kids, but he doesn't know who he is. He soon learns there is a bounty on his head. When he finally pieces some things together, he was the President a several years prior and now the System, a technology, is running everything. It is action packed and pretty good. The only thing that kept me from giving this book the big 4 stars is it just stops. Dead. No warning, no wind down. So I guess to finish the book, you have to go to the next book.The up side is the narration was awesome. The voice change was perfect for each character, and it kept up with the action and so I got excited when he did! LOL. He really helped the book out too. Great job.

  • Julie Stafford
    2019-04-21 04:47

    The Best Yet!! I have read several of Nick Thacker's books and they all have been excellent. Relics: The Dawn has to be the best. It grabs you from page one doesn't let you go even at the end. You are left wanting more. Action packed on every page. Nick clearly defines all the characters and the strange world they are living in. Makes you wonder if this could really happen. Computers taking over the world. Gives me the shivers. I cannot wait for book 2. Take a chance on Relics: The Dawn. You will love it. Nick congratulations on a winner.

  • David Dalton
    2019-04-08 08:58

    Enjoyed this sci-fi thriller. Lots of action and mystery (as to what is going on). Only negative comment would the SUDDEN ending. Like wham! It just stops! Was there a page or two missing at the end of my e-book copy? Not even a note about the next book in this series. Nick, need to work those endings....Pick a point in the story where you can stop. Other than that I liked it and will look for more "Relics" stories.

  • Nadine Brandes
    2019-04-04 03:52

    As with all reviews, you're welcome to PM me for my thoughts on this read. :-)

  • Elena Alvarez Dosil
    2019-04-23 03:00

    Review originally published at: wakes up in the middle of nowhere finding out that he is a Relic in a world controlled by a very advanced AI. He has no memories from his past life, and when entering Istanbul he discovers that he is wanted. Myers will get some glimpses of his past while he tries to understand how the world now works.I was looking forward to this book, since the premises were very interesting and I usually enjoy books about dystopian societies; but I was not able to get into this one. The story felt disjointed and confusing at times. I know many details were hidden from the reader so that we could discover things along with Myers, but I missed some background, descriptions, and in general a clearer view about the world and Myers’ surroundings.I found all the characters terribly one-dimensional. We get some details here and there but not enough to have fully fleshed characters. I just didn’t care for them, their past, or their future. I would also like to mention that there were no important female characters in the story. There were just two secondary female characters and one was really caricaturesque.There is some technical babble that didn’t make a lot of sense to me. Basically, computers had a static IP address, and one of the characters was trying to hook a machine for his own purposes with a dynamic IP address, and this could be detected by the AI and rejected. Well, in real life, one can have indeed static and dynamic IP addresses. If there is no DHCP server then all machines will have static IP addresses, and one configured to get one dynamically will just not get any. Period. Normally, on an organization there is a DHCP server assigning dynamic IP addresses to the machines on the network. You can hook up a machine with a static IP address, but you need to be careful to avoid duplicates. This is why what was exposed in the book didn’t make sense at all. A machine with a dynamic IP address configuration just can’t get an IP if there is no DHCP server. The situation described in the book was opposite to a regular scenario.The concept of singularity in this story was not very well explained, and I was kind of lost most of the time. I still don’t know how some important events in the book are related. There was plenty of action, and in this sense it was an entertaining book, but I missed some more substantial background. Sadly, this book failed at making me curious about it. Not sure I will continuing with the series.David S. Dear delivered a great narration, transmitting the characters’ emotions and making distinctions among voices, so that all characters were easily recognizable. Dear’s narration really improved this story. It was the only thing that pushed forward me to finish this book.It saddens me that this could have been a great story but it just felt like a draft that needed to be more developed and polished.I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

  • Norma
    2019-04-11 08:14

    ( Format : Audiobook )RUN!What's the alternative to a plan?" Myers wakes up not knowing where he is, or why he's there. He can't even remember who he is. But he is alone, nothing in sight except a ruined city. So he goes there. Which is where he discovers he is running for his life.After a really intriguing story start, the plot slowly unwinds as a vision of the society is disclosed. And it is a terrifying one of computer control.It is fast paced and action packed as well as being replete with technical stuff which, I confess, I didn't understand but which added to the authenticity. As well as battle scenes and computer programs, there's subterfuge and double dealing. Unfortunately, just as the story was reaching a peak, it ended, obviously to be continued. But this was annoying, nevertheless.The excellent David Dear was the narrator - always a pleasure to listen to his pleasant voice reading: clear, well cadenced and with distinct voicings for all of the protagonists. I received a complimentary copy of Relics: One, at my request, from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. This is obviously set be be a thrilling series, or serial, rather. Although it is an exciting listen, please note that at least one other book, and possibly more, will need to be purchased to complete the story.

  • Bonnie Keck
    2019-04-15 06:02

    Kindle Unlimited, Actually read these in the 3 book omnibus.A computer system controlling the world's resources. An ex-President who can't remember anything from the past fifteen years. Semi-insane survivalists that live and exist off-the-grid. This is Relics.Myers is a Relic. Cast out of society by a computer program that's far more efficient at managing and regulating human life than any human ever could be. The System is running everyone's life. It's quickly becoming smarter than humans, and it no longer has any need for leaders like Myers. There's a technological singularity coming, and only Myers knows how to stop it. The problem? He doesn't remember anything from the past fifteen years. And now he's being hunted...

  • Vickie Garner
    2019-04-08 06:53

    Well dang it! The end leaves you hanging. I couldn't put this book down until there was no more left. Very action packed, suspensful, and very well laid out. Thacker is one of my newest favorite authors.

  • Luis Montalvo
    2019-03-31 03:51

    ExcellentAwesome reading, very fast paced, and gripping. Leaves you wanting more and more my congratulation to the author. Very well done.

  • Jackie
    2019-04-08 08:09

    Amazing and wonderful just like the author. Kept me intrigued until the very end. Scary not in a horror type of way. Love anything by Nick Thacker

  • Michael Arnold
    2019-04-01 05:02

    I enjoyed the book; however, I was pretty confused for a while. Anyway, great plot and action. Looking forward to the series.

  • Kat Jones
    2019-04-17 06:06

    Choppy,bad editing, and I just couldn't get into it. I pushed through since it was short and I've loved everything else he's written so far, but futuristic computer controlling the dying world just doesn't do it for me. Seems like as et up for a series, but had far too many holes toe asily follow and enjoy even if I'd been more into the overall plot. Took way too long to read since I kept giving up after about 20 min.

  • Randy Grossman
    2019-04-23 11:01

    I found this story kind of a yawner...a little bit of excitement at times, but hard to get into. The characters weren't all that interesting. I guess I'm just not big at futuristic take overs by a computer system. I don't see myself pursuing this series.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-20 08:46

    "Relics: The Dawn" the first book in the "Singularity" series begins in Istanbul where Myers Asher, a world leader scrapped by "The System" an intelligent, self-replicating computer program has emerged after fifteen years; his memory wiped he's on the run from killers who hunger for the bounty on his head. Sore, exhausted and sunburned with the answer to stopping a technological singularity that could destroy humanity buried in his memory Myers struggles to survive with the help of a bounty hunter and system engineer, staying one step ahead of a program that can predict his every movement.Cleverly Nick Thacker sets the stage for this innovative story in a dystopian world where a high-tech computer program manages and regulates all facets of human life after instituting worldwide peace and creating a balanced budget. With humanity's dependence it systematically scraps anyone unnecessary in its agenda, wiping and assimilating their memories into its programming. As a "relic" cast out of society, Myers Asher has re-emerged and is being hunted by a bounty hunter and "Unders", rebels on the fringe of civilization who want the bounty on his head.Fast-paced and action-packed threads of the plot not only follow Myers survival in a hostile landscape with the help of Solomon Merrick, but also Jonathan Rand's ingenious plan to counter the program. From Myers narrow escape from a bounty hunter in the opening chapter, the story twists and turns as Nick Thacker builds tension and suspense with every narrow escape, every faltering step and bullet fired. As events unfold that culminate in an explosive cliff-hanger at the end, the landscape of this terrifying novel that seems so chilling and realistic in the advent of today's technological marvels is dark, dangerous and foreboding.Like all of Nick Thacker novels the characters are well-developed and complex with all their flaws and faults especially Myers Asher an accountant and politician who was initially an advocate for "the System " in its inception. Strong-willed and unafraid, he is a planner with a photographic memory who tries to make sense of his glimpses into his past. Jonathan Rand is the programming genius at Vericorp, a high-tech company who begins a covert action against the program that can deactivate populated cities like Umutsaz. Solomon (Sol) Merruk is a skilled bounty hunter with enhancements that increase information retention, retinal capability and stamina. A man of action he's decisive and quick in his judgement as well as dogged in his determination to capture the prized Relic. These characters heighten the power, tension and drama in a story that seems overly technical at times. But, for those that like high-tech thrills and futuristic excitement, "Relic" does not disappointment. I enjoyed it thoroughly and look forward to reading the next novel in "Singularity" series.

  • Brian Switzer
    2019-04-06 06:11

    A breakthrough work written by a true comer. 'Relics: The Dawn' is the first volume in the 'Singularity' series by Nick Thacker. Nick is the author of four previous books, including 'The Depths' and 'The Golden Crystal' that were very well written but not blockbusters. 'Relics' is the book that should make him a household name and his books best-sellers. It is an extremely well written and action-filled romp that leaves the reader tingling with anticipation for the next book in the series. The action flies from page one. Thacker has created a unique, dystopian world where 'The System' an AI system runs every part of a person's life and every facet of society- everything from the world economy to the smallest details of a person's work life. This is the state of the world when Myers Asher wakes up in the desert. Myers is sore, hungry, sunburned, and has no memory- and he's being shot at.From there the story is off and running, to include a helpful bounty hunter, 'unders', people who live apart from The System and who are hunting Myers for the bounty, and a rebel with an idea that just may defeat The System. Thacker very adroitly blends the backstory of how Myers came to be there with shards of his returning memory and hints from the characters that are helping him. The story always flows forward, even when Myers finds out he's a former President of the United States and largely responsible for the creation of The System to start with- he finds out while on the run, in bits and pieces. Thacker releases details as grudgingly as a dog gives up a bone- the reader is always anxious to turn the page and pick up a new thread to add to the cloth of the story. 'Relics:The Dawn' was a joy of a book. I'll be first in line to download Book Two.

  • Michael Eitniear
    2019-04-07 06:11

    Relics: The Dawn is the first book in the Relics Singularity series and it starts things off with a bang. Nick gives us a Dystopian future that is ruled by the System, an advanced AI system that runs the world efficiently and more effectively than humans ever could. Anyone who doesn't fit in with the System is turned into a Relic and cast out. Myers is a Relic. Worse yet, Myers is being hunted, by by whom and for what reasons?The Dawn is a great start to the Singularity series. As someone who enjoys Dystopian future stories, this book was perfect for me. It has action, adventure, mystery, and a world that could resemble ours in the not too distant future if we aren't careful. The only thing you won't really find in this book is a driving love story, and honestly, that worked for me. The market seems so filled with love stories in every series, that it was nice to read a book that could stand on its own without the need of a love story running as a side plot.Nick does a great job of keeping the reader hooked and wanting more. Each chapter ended with me thirsting for more information. I had to keep reading to get the next piece to the puzzle. This book was a fast read and (fair warning) leaves you with a cliff hanger of an ending. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book. I'm totally hooked!*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and my opinions are my own.*

  • David Eppenstein
    2019-03-29 08:49

    Well I got suckered on this one. The author was touted as better than James Rollins in an offer for a free download of three of his ebooks. I'm a Rollins fan and thought what could it hurt if it was free? Let's start with the fact that while the author isn't bad he's no Rollins. The story takes place in a futuristic 1984-type world. In this world Big Brother is not a person but a computer program that has enmeshed itself in every device possibly connected to the internet and WIFI. The program invades these other devices and absorbs their programming and learns from them while taking over their functions. Certainly has the basis for a good thriller doesn't it? The protagonist is a former president of the U.S. that has been found by the program to be unnecessary so he's scraped and his memory erased. In a way unknown to this hero he escapes but is now pursued for unknown reasons by unknown forces. Neither the hero nor the reader knows what is going on or why. Just when we are beginning to be enlightened the book ends. A cliffhanger!! I hate cliffhangers. While the story has merit and the writing is acceptable there isn't enough here to make me forgive the author for such a cheap trick. I have no idea when the story will be continued and I don't care. I give the work 3 stars trying to be as objective as possible but I was tempted to go lower.

  • Andrea
    2019-04-05 06:12

    There is a lot of tech speak in this novel. I understood most of it, but there were moments that didn't make any sense. But since it is Science Fiction, I assumed it was made up. Most of those things were specific details. The general idea of those conversations was clear. I don't particularly like series of books because I have a hard time caring for the long periods of time in between novels. And I was prepared to not like this one as I couldn't see how there could be a satisfying ending. I was wrong. There was a satisfying ending. So much so that I am even willing to wait on the next book in the series. After all that negative, you might be wondering why I gave it 3 stars. Thacker creates great characters and a compelling plot. I genuinely like the main characters and I'm desperately hoping for the best for them. The plot seems simple, but really has many layers. Just when I start to understand one part another part comes up with questions. So the plot and characters are worth 3 stars even if the details are sketchy and it is a series. Fascinating read that will make you think. It is worth the money.

  • Dave
    2019-03-26 09:14

    Nick created a world that is unique, at least within my knowledge. I was totally immersed in this world, identifying with Meyers. Remembering back to when I went thru Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape training, I kept trying to send him "what to do" thoughts. There is a lot of information to be shared when creating a world, and Nick did a good job of feeding us the information as part of the story so it didn't become boring. With such a complex world and characters, I do wish the book had been a little longer and had shared a little more information before leaving us to desperately waiting for book #2.I definitely did not want to stop reading. and at the end of the book, I did not want to stop reading.

  • Jay Williams
    2019-04-13 03:11

    This book does an outstanding job of stage-setting. The bleak universe of a future world run by the system is the environment for bionically-enhanced humans to toil on their assignments from the system. The Relics are those deactivated by the system and set loose to be hunted for a bounty. The book follows a relic, with cuts to others, until all the characters are brought together at the end. Essentially this book provides the background and characters for a future set of actions. It was an interesting read, but ended just when the action was going to start.

  • Lisa Haycocks
    2019-04-14 06:14

    An unnerving dystopian technology / AI story.The story started fairly slowly for me and I have to admit it took a little while before I really got into the book and worked out what was going on. Once I got through the initial feeling of being a bit lost it became a book I wanted to carry on reading. I enjoyed it so much that I just couldn't stop myself picking up the next book in the series to find the outcome of the cliffhanger at the end of this book.

  • Roger
    2019-04-15 11:06

    I'm not normally a Sci-Fic reader but this isn't a typical Sci-Fic book. I'm a character reader, I get into the characters, their story, who/what they are. The author does an amazing job of painting the primary character quickly & thoroughly. All the significant characters in her writing are developed similiarly. This book is in all senses of the word, a futuristic thriller. No spoilers from me though I can see more about these characters in the future.

  • Brian's Book Blog
    2019-04-02 10:08

    A fast-paced smart thrillerThis book starts off a little slow with some loose ends I was unsure of, but once the puzzle pieces fell into place I couldn't stop. I finished the book in two sittings because I had to know how it ended... And now I can't wait for the next installment.The characters were really well drawn up and even in the short amount of time I spent with them, I feel like I know them well. Mr. Thacker I am eagerly awaiting the next part of this series.

  • Elisabeth Walters
    2019-03-30 10:53

    Dystopian DramaI like the world this story was set in and the writing was good. I liked the authors style of only letting you know enough about the world as you need to know for that part in the book. Some parts were a little confusing and I had to re-read them but I tend to skim most pages so that's probably my fault. I will be purchasing the next book in the series.

  • Stephen
    2019-04-21 04:49

    This book has a little something for everyone. It has the dystopian future world with people just trying to survive, and then it turns around into a computer geeks' world. Some of the things described were a little hard for the layman to understand, but through context any reader will get it eventually. Relics is definitely a different view of the genre and should be investigated more closely.

  • Patti
    2019-04-11 06:51

    Interesting futureThis is a good read. I thought it was a little slow getting started, but as the characters developed I found it more interesting. I'm very interested to see what happens next. I gave this four stars because once it drew me into the story, it was hard to stop reading.

  • Penelope
    2019-04-10 08:06

    Not very often that you come across a book that drags you in to a totally tech world and keeps you hooked if you aren't a techy. A very interesting read one that keeps you wanting more.I look forward to the next in the series. The plot thickens

  • Rohit Kilpadi
    2019-04-04 09:02

    Interesting story. Artificial intelligence, singularity, hunters, unders, relics, the system etc. But was not clear to me as to why Rand feels that he caused the deactivation of the entire city and the ending was super abrupt. Other than that a good read.

  • Leslie
    2019-04-19 02:58

    This is another winner by Thacker. I haven't read anything yet by him that I didn't like. Can't wait for Relics Book Two. Great characters and a twisty plot.I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Harry Campbell
    2019-04-17 08:11

    When an AI seizes control what happens to humans? Nice beginning to a new series focused on the obsolete human beings in question.