Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells

February 18th, 2019 Kimberly Review 26 Comments

18th Feb
Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
Rogue Protocol
by Martha Wells
Series: The Murderbot Diaries #3
Narrator: Kevin R. Free
Length: 3 hours and 46 minutes
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: Publisher
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Narration: 5 cups

Who knew being a heartless killing machine would present so many moral dilemmas?

Sci-fi’s favorite antisocial A.I. is back on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris 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.

Novella scifi smartfunny SUSPENSE

The Murderbot Diaries written by Martha Wells and narrated by Kevin R. Free are addictive science-fiction novels with humor and suspense that offer the reader a plethora of questions to ponder about AI Intelligence. Rogue Protocol is the third novel and has our SecUnit struggling with performing his own mission and protecting humans who find themselves in danger.

The series offers an overall arc surrounding an incident with GrayCris Corporation the makers of our Murderbot. Our SecUnit is offline and rogue. With each book we meet a new bot and I love the different personalities that are emerging. Murderbot is posing as a security consultant and exploring an abandoned facility when he stumbles across humans with their own security team and a bot named Miki.

This was intense and fascinating as we spent a lot of time in Murderbot’s head. His interactions with Miki and struggles in dealing with the humans and the other security team made for an addictive listen. In fact, I listened to this in a single sitting. Thank goodness for wireless headphones! Twists, turns and heart-pounding action scenes with deadly bots made for some white-knuckle moments. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next audiobook.

Kevin R. Free does a stellar job of giving voice to our SecUnit. He captures his hesitation, subtle wit and uncertainty. His tone and pacing enhance an already engaging and well-written tale. If you have a choice, I recommend listening.

Rogue Protocol is perfect for fans of science fiction, but a fantastic crossover for fans of suspense, humor and those who like to ponder the big questions about humanity and technology. Heck, it’s a fun series with an engaging protagonist who will steal your heart.

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About Martha Wells

Martha Wells

Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including The Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads), the Ile-Rien series (including The Death of the Necromancer) as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, media tie-ins (for Star Wars and Stargate: Atlantis), and non-fiction. Her most recent fantasy novel is The Harbors of the Sun in 2017, the final novel in The Books of the Raksura series. She has a new series of SF novellas, The Murderbot Diaries, published by in 2017 and 2018. She was also the lead writer for the story team of Magic: the Gathering’s Dominaria expansion in 2018. She has won a Nebula Award, an ALA/YALSA Alex Award, a Locus Award, and her work has appeared on the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Award ballots, the USA Today Bestseller List, and the New York Times Bestseller List. Her books have been published in eleven languages.

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26 Responses to “Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells”

  1. MarthaE

    I will have to keep my eye on these in case I can get them on sale.
    Glad you are still enjoying the series.

    • Kimberly

      Hey Jen, yes these are all novellas and make an excellent listen. Perfect between books or short trip listens. I love them.

  2. Lorna

    I don’t read a lot of science fiction but these do sound unique to me. Maybe someday I will get the chance to read one. Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Greg

    Love this series! I particularly liked this one, it got intense . and I imagine listening on audio is so fun!!

  4. Heidi

    A five cup rating. I read the first one, it was weird, but I liked it. I need to get back to this series. I should try it on audio.

  5. Sophia Rose

    I agree that it is incredibly addicting to listen in to these stories. His interaction with Mikki and how he perceived things about her was as great as the action.