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A robot named Hunter and a team of three human experts travel back into time to World War II to stop a time-traveling renegade robot before he destroys the future of humanity.


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A robot named Hunter and a team of three human experts travel back into time to World War II to stop a time-traveling renegade robot before he destroys the future of humanity.

30 review for Dictator

  1. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Zapata

    Feb 17,2019 EDIT ~~ Re-reading this one starting now even though it was not very long ago at all that I read it the first time. I am doing the whole series now, you see, and I can't in good conscience skip this one! Feb 18 ~~ Well, I must say, I understood this one better this time around, thanks to reading the others in the series first. The books can stand alone, but the overall story makes much more sense if you know the background! Nothing new to add to my first review, except that the charac Feb 17,2019 EDIT ~~ Re-reading this one starting now even though it was not very long ago at all that I read it the first time. I am doing the whole series now, you see, and I can't in good conscience skip this one! Feb 18 ~~ Well, I must say, I understood this one better this time around, thanks to reading the others in the series first. The books can stand alone, but the overall story makes much more sense if you know the background! Nothing new to add to my first review, except that the character who made the quoted comment I quoted at the end of this review was not Hunter, it was Judy, the historian for this episode. And now I am off to China with R. Hunter to see If we can find MC 5! Will Wayne be there too? And I wonder who will be our historian for this trip? What kind of adventures will we have? Only one way to find out! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I just got back from two weeks (and two days) visiting my Mom in Arizona. While I was there I visited with my doctor, who has been both friend and health care provider for over 20 years. We love to talk books, and this time he loaned me his copy of Dictator, which was signed by his cousin the author. Dr. Wu knew I had read other titles by William, and he was happy to be able to share this one with me, since it was the first book he had ever had dedicated to him. (We have a running joke that someday I will write a book about my fairly exotic health issues over the years and dedicate it to him. Who knows, I might actually do it, too!) First of all, I have read and enjoyed other Wu titles, especially Hong On The Range, but I had never tried this series. Dictator was number three of six, but I had no problem getting right into the story and there was just enough reference to the previous adventures to make me curious about them and decide I need to read them all to get the full impact (not to mention to find out What Happens Next!) I enjoyed the book: it was fun to read, not too complicated, and I liked the characters. Well, except for Wayne, the bad guy scientist who seemed a bit dense to be a big scientist full of curiosity and capable of time travel. He was constantly being reminded of the most basic information by his robot companion, and his response nearly every time was 'Oh, okay.' So every time Wayne was involved in anything I got distracted wondering just how idiotic he was going to show himself to be this time. The premise is that R. Hunter, a robot, and his team of humans are going back in time looking for something called the MC Governor, a robot that has split himself up into six different parts and disappeared. I don't try to figure out the logistics of time travel when I come across it in any book, I just read the story. So I have no idea if the topic was anywhere close to being accurately portrayed as far as current thought is concerned. All I know is that sometimes it is fun to read about people going back in time, and when you add robots to the mix as well, it can be very interesting. I think it would be kind of hard to be a robot and have to deal with those famous three laws. Especially when you as a robot know that if you get into a situation where actions would force you to contradict those laws, your systems would shut down. Oh, the stress! Here our team dealt with part of the conflict betwen Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia in WW2, and these two societies gave the author a chance to slip in a final moral towards the end of the book, which made me have to remind myself that this book was published in 1994, not 2018. Stupidly, I did not mark down which character in the book said this, but I think it was R. Hunter himself, during the team review of their adventure. But whoever it was, he was spot on point! The larger lesson is that technological development does not necessarily mean civilized values ~~ we all have to remain on guard. Humans, unlike robots, have the power to choose how to behave.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul Darcy

    This book, Robots In Time (Dictator), is the fourth of a six book series written by William F. Wu and deals with Asimov’s robots and their adventures in time. In short this, and the other five novels by Wu in this series, are concerned with the three laws of robotics and six specific times in human history. If you don’t know what I’m talking about and you like science fiction, you really must go out and read the Robot novels by Isaac Asimov. But if you are continuing to read this review, you mos This book, Robots In Time (Dictator), is the fourth of a six book series written by William F. Wu and deals with Asimov’s robots and their adventures in time. In short this, and the other five novels by Wu in this series, are concerned with the three laws of robotics and six specific times in human history. If you don’t know what I’m talking about and you like science fiction, you really must go out and read the Robot novels by Isaac Asimov. But if you are continuing to read this review, you most likely already know his work and are curious about this Robots In Time Series. There are three series I know of which are not written by Asimov, but deal exclusively with his robots and the three laws or robotics. The first series written was Robot City (1 -6), then came Robots In Time (1-6) and lastly Robots And Aliens (1-6). Asimov himself gave his okay for certain other writers to explore his concepts. Asimov’s short story “Robot Visions” was the inspiration for Robots In Time. In Robots In Time (Dictator) we are transported back in time (by a time machine - a.k.a. story convention so don’t try to figure it) to the Russian front during world war two. Its cold, dismal, and the escaped robot MC 4 (long story, but you don’t really need to know it) must be recaptured by Hunter (a humaniform robot) and three humans. There is also another roboticist (Dr. Nystrom the creator of the MC robots) trying to find and recapture the escaped MC 4 as well. He shows up as the foil in all six books and in this one he is accompanied by a robot as well. I would class this book as a young adult novel. William F. Wu does a good job, though it is nothing like Asimov’s originals, of depicting robots and how they deal with the contradictions and situations which can arise from conforming to the three laws of robotics. Suffice to say that this novel dealing with world war two, Russians and Germans, is entertaining but not too heavy. And easy read that is fairly enjoyable. If you approach these novels as young adult books, you will have nothing to be upset about. If you were expecting classic Asimov, I’m afraid you are going to be disappointed. Bottom line is - fun, light, and something to pass the time. Not a real page turner, mind expanding read, but it never pretends to be. For reference I’ll list all six titles in case you get the urge to collect (like I do all the time). So in order, Robots In Time (Predator) Robots In Time (Marauder) Robots In Time (Warrior) Robots In Time (Dictator) Robots In Time (Emperor) Robots In Time (Invader)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Steven Bertsch

    I forced myself to finish this one. The plot is even more monotonous than in the previous three books. I initially thought the gestalt robot concept was cool, with each book in the series covering the hunt for a single unit of MC 6, but by book four it is really starting to drag on. If not for its strict adherence to the idea that the future could be irreparably altered, requiring minimal interaction with the people of that era, I think this could have been a much more interesting read. In contrast, I forced myself to finish this one. The plot is even more monotonous than in the previous three books. I initially thought the gestalt robot concept was cool, with each book in the series covering the hunt for a single unit of MC 6, but by book four it is really starting to drag on. If not for its strict adherence to the idea that the future could be irreparably altered, requiring minimal interaction with the people of that era, I think this could have been a much more interesting read. In contrast, this rule wasn't followed so strictly in Marauder, which is definitely my favorite of the four. Instead the monotony continues, with a new backdrop being applied to the same tired plot.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paul Knighton

    Abandoned part way through. Too sterile and characters of little interest/engagement. Nothing like the pedigree of Isaac Asimov's Robots, so feel bought book under false assumption would be of same ilk and style. Disappointing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeremiah Johnson

    This book was far better than the previous in the series. That said, it still wasn't great. A lot of the problems I had with the stupid "experts" were thankfully absent from this one. It was a quick read that was fairly enjoyable. Hopefully the last 2 will keep it up this trend.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Casparis

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bravura

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brad Thompson

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pattie Brassard

  11. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

  12. 5 out of 5

    Zachary Vaudo

  13. 4 out of 5

    S. Nileson

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rjf

  15. 5 out of 5

    Luis Quiros Fonseca

  16. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Rothman

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stochasticity

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Elliott

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maximiliano

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marvin

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  23. 4 out of 5

    Xiuhtecuhtli

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aminath

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    2/1/94. No library.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joe

  27. 4 out of 5

    Moonlight

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ben Bochinski

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ben

  30. 5 out of 5

    Adam

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