The Pattern Ship

The Pattern Ship

by Tobias Roote


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You have to feel sorry for an alien who wakes up on Earth after hibernating for millennia only to find his own race gone - destroyed centuries earlier by a ruthless hive of artificial intelligence. All that remains are humans, who have yet to evolve sufficiently to bypass their own selfish greed.

Nonetheless, Zirkos, as if sensing in them the potential they might one day aspire, chooses to befriend a US Vet named Zeke who possesses a rare component he needs to complete his spaceship's revival - a meteor fragment currently buried in the human's head.

Events quickly take on a life of their own as the duo battle to bring humanity to an advanced state of readiness where they can defend themselves from the coming threat of the alien's nemesis - the Nubl.

A remarkable technological development proves the catalyst to launch humanity into a thrilling new age. One where personal safety is no longer an issue and the incessant demand for war has been adroitly side-stepped.

Unfortunately, the Nubl have other plans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538087817
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 07/25/2018
Series: The Pattern Universe , #1
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 1,049,992
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

I retired this year from a lifetime of running my own businesses and am now sitting in a rural hillside villa overlooking the Ionian sea. It's cold and wet in winter and blisteringly hot in summer. In between these extremes my wife and I work the land and cultivate crops to sustain our frugal lifestyle. We're not big spenders; enough to live on, a few luxuries (chocolate, wine, good food, friends), and an opportunity to live closer to nature giving us that feeling of connectivity. All in all it's a pleasant existence after a lifetime of trudging through the grist mill.

Now, we look forward to time to read, write and watch Netflix (in any order) and when my books sell, we celebrate a little. The monthly royalty cheques become the high point of the month and we decide if we can afford a new chainsaw, or a strimmer, or maybe the fencing needs repairing to keep the wild goats from eating our crops. The Island suffers from poor infrastructure, so we are often without water in summer and electricity in winter, but it's getting better every year. We manage.

In summer we are surrounded by guests, friends and family who come to share the abundance of Greek hospitality, the sunshine, sea, sand, and Mediterranean lifestyle. In winter, we're hard-pressed to get out of the driveway, most places are closed. Friends live a half hour drive up hilly tracks or goat paths that are as beaten and muddy as ours and we all huddle near the open fire and read our Kindles. Our semi-wild cats decide they suddenly want to be indoors and curled up and the wild animals get our olive groves and land back until the spring. The life of a writer doesn't get any better than this.

Enjoy my books and think of me in my Island retreat, where I use the time left to me to write what's in my head in a way that gives you a little of what I experience - a temporary escape from a reality that holds us down. ~ Tobias

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The Pattern Ship (The Pattern Universe) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got the first book only because it was free. Got immediately hooked on the premise, characters, and plot lines. Going to buy the remaining books now and hope they keep up the same character development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I mostly read mysteries, maybe 10% sci fi. This is a well written, engaging story about first contact with a race far more advanced than ours. Just the right amount of detail to keep it interesting, believable and flowing.
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Will be looking for the follow-on volumes.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Interesting concepts! The pace is on the slow side even for hard sci fi, and the dialogue can be simple and clunky. But the descriptions are excellent and the science is believable. Overall a fun read!
Anonymous 11 months ago
i enjoyed this book. good story, plot and development of characters. this was free and may purchase others...time & $ permitting
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first of this author's works I've read, and I'm impressed. Left me looking forward to the next volume .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the AI intelligence and the Alien person. Zeke is an interesting human being and happy with the way he changed. Read to understand more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author has captured and recited adventure of Earth and space in this read. Enjoyed it tremendously. ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nicely done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excelent read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this a lot and look foward to finding more of the books
TheSaintly More than 1 year ago
Interesting concept and well written. I just finished reading this story and found it enjoyable but a little bit predictable - of course, there would a group of humans that wanted to use the new technology to take over the world. The editing towards the end kind of threw me for a loop when the story went into first person for a short time. Now I am wondering want happened to Ship and Zirkos and will Pod and Zeke go looking for them or will they return to earth to prepare for the coming of the Nubl (gee, I wonder what they look like).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fresh ideas and great writing. Kudos and thanks! DMB
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good premise.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don’t understand all these wonderful reviews. I couldn’t get past the first few pages. The author’s simplistic style was quite offputting. I won’t be reading any more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago