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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: ROC; Reissue edition (18 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451416880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451416889
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "I, Robot: To Protect"

"A thrilling climax provides plenty of action and excitement, forcing all to examine their values and to take action in an untenable situation."--SFRevu

"Reichert is a gifted storyteller...engaging and captivating."--SciFiChick.com

"An excellent homage to a milestone work in science fiction history."--Night Owl Reviews

"Reichert not only manages to be true to Asimov's vision but manages to write a story that is enjoyable even if you had never heard of Isaac before."--Blogcritics



Praise for "I, Robot: To Protect"
"A thrilling climax provides plenty of action and excitement, forcing all to examine their values and to take action in an untenable situation."--SFRevu
"Reichert is a gifted storyteller...engaging and captivating."--SciFiChick.com
"An excellent homage to a milestone work in science fiction history."--Night Owl Reviews
"Reichert not only manages to be true to Asimov's vision but manages to write a story that is enjoyable even if you had never heard of Isaac before."--Blogcritics


Praise for "I, Robot: To Protect"
"A thrilling climax provides plenty of action and excitement, forcing all to examine their values and to take action in an untenable situation."--SFRevu
"Reichert is a gifted storyteller...engaging and captivating."--SciFiChick.com
"An excellent homage to a milestone work in science fiction history."--Night Owl Reviews
"Reichert not only manages to be true to Asimov's vision but manages to write a story that is enjoyable even if you had never heard of Isaac before."--Blogcritics

Praise for "I, Robot: To Protect"
A thrilling climax provides plenty of action and excitement, forcing all to examine their values and to take action in an untenable situation. SFRevu
Reichert is a gifted storyteller...engaging and captivating. SciFiChick.com
An excellent homage to a milestone work in science fiction history. Night Owl Reviews
Reichert not only manages to be true to Asimov s vision but manages to write a story that is enjoyable even if you had never heard of Isaac before. Blogcritics"

About the Author

Mickey Zucker Reichert is a pediatrician, parent, animal lover, and author of twenty-some novels including "Renshai," "Nightfall," "Barakhai," and "Bifrost" series, one illustrated novella, and fifty-plus short stories. She can be found at mickeyzuckerreichert.com.


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This book is quite a good read with the kind of twist in it that is only obvious with hindsight. it is reasonably well paced and throws a lot more light on the character and background of Asimov's protagonist Susan Calvin. This book certainly reflects the ethical and moral preoccupations of Asimov in his robot stories. However I have given it three stars because the title is thoroughly misleading. It is so easy to think you are reading Asimov himself and that Reichert is a translator or editor ( although it turns out that Asimov lived in the States and wrote in English, he was born in Russia so the translator assumption is an understandable one) In fact this writer was asked to write a prequel to the Asimov stories. As a prequel it works reasonably well, but it should be made perfectly clear that it is simply a prequel by a completely different author.
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it is always difficult to follow an author as masterful as Asimov but Mickey Reichert has done well. although the end of the plot is not as good as the beginning the "campaign for humanity" reminds me of much of the bbc's output.
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Recommended this book on holiday by a Bangladesh academic Dr & found it fascinating & an easy read
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1.0 out of 5 stars You can't judge a book by it's cover 22 Mar. 2015
By Susan Sinks - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an absolute piece of garbage. How can it possibly be associated with Asimov? I bought it thinking it was an extension of the I, Robot series. It's not.

It read like a medical terminology book. Anyone without some training in medical terminology would be unable to follow the story. It was extremely boring, even with my background in medicine, and I finally put it down in disgust after reading about 30% of it. I kept hoping it would get better and it just got trashier.

There was mention of one robot through out the 30% of this book that I read. The title is, "I Robot, Obey", not "The Soap Operas at Hasbro Hospital".

The book tells the story of young Dr. Susan and her friend and fellow resident, Dr. Kendall, as they miraculously cure people who have been diagnosed as having dementia. It goes into great detail about every patient, their emotions, Susan's emotions, how she lost her mother and lives with her father; how she lost her fiance in an explosion and on and on....I almost threw my Kindle across the room. How can this trash masquerade as Asimov?

It has nothing to do with the I Robot series. Why the Asimov estate allowed their name to be put on this thing is beyond reason.

This is an honest review. No one paid me to write this and I am not affiliated with this book, it's author or publisher in any way. Who would want to be?
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars To Obey" is a testament to the greed of publishers and the sad state of science fiction today 10 Oct. 2014
By John Popham - Published on Amazon.com
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Reichert's "Isaac Asimov's I Robot: To Obey" is a testament to the greed of publishers and the sad state of science fiction today.

It is a profoundly bad piece of writing in almost every respect. Reichert's characters are flat and uninteresting, her prose is turgid and shot through with info-dumps. Her plot devices are awkward and transparent, and her action sequences are, quite literally, the worst I have ever forced myself to read through. Reichert has managed to write a tech thriller that is almost completely devoid of both thrills and technology, If that weren't sufficient, the author manages to avoid even the faintest evocation of the eponymous Asimov Robot novels, and gets almost everything to do with Asimov's robots and Susan Calvin completely wrong,

In this book Reichert shows an utter lack of imagination when it comes to writing futurist fiction. While the sole robot inhabiting "I Robot: To Obey" is so advanced it is indistinguishable from a human (sparing Reichert the toil of writing a credible robot character), her 2036 is otherwise 2013 with a few very cosmetic changes overlaid. Medicine, for example, has not advanced at all and the futuristic medical resident Susan Calvin spends her days treating 2013 diseases with 2013 medical technology. (Maybe all the research grants went to robotics.) A 'vox' subs in for a smart phone, a 'floater' stands in for the bus and government black hats hide guns in their underware. But otherwise, at least in Mickey Reichet's imagination, the trip between now and 2036 is going to be one hell of a dull ride.

"I Robot: To Obey" has every hallmark of a cash grab by Reichert and her publisher's at ROC. Both should be ashamed, not only for inflicting this dreadful book on the SF market, but for the damage they have done to the Asimov name and brand as well.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Sequel 24 Sept. 2013
By SciFiChick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Susan cares deeply for her patients, and takes their cases personally - looking for misdiagnosis and cures instead of just treating the way former doctors have. And as she is just recovering from her boyfriend's death, another murder happens to someone close to her. Now Susan must put aside her career to uncover a mystery about her past and the present while fleeing from people who think she holds the secret to unlocking the robotic laws.

This sequel is even more exciting than the last novel. Isaac Asimov's I, Robot: To Obey blends medical drama, science fiction, mystery, and intrigue. Though the action doesn't really pick up until about a third of the way in the novel. While the first part is interesting and moving, I don't get as into medical drama and procedures. However, the second half of the book certainly pays off as Susan gets pulled into her father's work and a fight against an unknown enemy. Susan is a great character; and the story is intriguing. I look forward to the next in this solid series.

Review previously posted at SciFiChick.
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh why did Isaac Asimov's estate let this happen. 18 July 2016
By 2 cents Matters - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Were do you start. First it is all but two books in one (and not in a good way). The 1st 3/4 is a book about a the main protagonists job as resident Psychiatrist and her connection to the "Robot World" and the 2nd a mystery about her father. Way to much Doctor terminology, the author is one in her real life, and not much mystery in the mystery. Save your self and fine something else to read.
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time 28 May 2016
By William R. Downs - Published on Amazon.com
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This has all the excitement of a medical or psychological textbook.
Unless you have a background in psychology, this will leave you scratching your head and asking "what is this about?"
Dry, boring and listless, I cannot believe that Isaac Asimov had anything whatsoever to do with this one.
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