by Michael Drakich
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: December 14, 2015
Publisher: Michael Drakich
Genre: Science Fiction | Space Opera | YA
Print Length: 244 pages
Genius, wealthy and life regenerated, Adam Spenceworth is living the dream aboard his custom spaceship run by Mum, his first designed AI, protected by Gort, his first robot, and occupied by Eve, his sexbot. With each regeneration he returns to start over as a twenty-five year old man ready to enjoy the pleasures of his success. What could go wrong? Except, maybe, planetary wars, territorial space battles, alien invasions, and the disturbing fact that each regeneration is taking exponentially longer than the one before bringing him into one galactic crisis after another. A frolicking space drama filled with references sure to strike home with any science fiction aficionado.
I Am by Michael Drakich
As an old man Adam Spenceworth left behind proof of his genius, his growing empire, vast wealth and a world surging into each new century with the greatest of inventions that man had to offer. No, Adam didn’t die, he entered a regeneration chamber, only to return at his peak, a twenty-five-year-old hyperactive, hyper-brilliant cocksure young man ready to take on all comers and win. The problem? Each regeneration took longer, thousands of years and the only beings waiting for him were his first AI robot Gort, his companion robot Eve, and his greatest creation, Mum, whose capabilities were beyond imagination as she ran his ship, and watched over him. The universe is in constant flux, constant chaos, battles are waged, empires rise and fall and the human race is facing total annihilation with only the super-advanced AI robots to carry on.
Retaining all of his knowledge and able to play catch up on the eons he has missed, he is like a MacGiver of the future, a Mr. Gadget with an attitude until he universe begins to crumble around him and he feels the loneliness of his existence and he becomes like a god to the robots remaining. Is this the life he wanted to keep coming back to? Is it time for Adam to finally see the world isn’t always about him rushing in like a superhero and riding off into the sunset for another regeneration? Maybe it’s time for Adam to grow up and take care of the future he helped create and ultimately destroy.
Michael Drakich’s I Am is a brilliant space opera about one man’s journey through eons of time in a futuristic world where worlds and galaxies collide in war, join in peace and may only survive through Artificial Intelligence that almost believes it is alive. With engaging characters, a lot of snark and attitude and some devilishly quirky dialogue, Michael Drakich brings our wildest dreams to life and shoots us to the moon and beyond. With warp-speed pacing, deceit and the machinations of the power-hungry, Mr. Drakich’s imagination seems to know no bounds as he grasps fantasy and science fiction by the horns and wrestles them into a riveting and extremely entertaining tale of a true space cowboy! Highly entertaining, highly recommended!
I received a review copy from Michael Drakich in exchange for my honest review.