Looking for the title of a full length novel. The main character was in a research station and was subject of nanotech experiments that could cause deformity and death. He escapes and ends up with an advanced star ship piloted by an AI. The research station is destroyed and everyone thinks the protagonist is killed. At the end of the book he has become a smuggler.

Probably from the 2000s.

  • This is very terse. Can you recall any other details? Who was experimenting on him? How did he escape? How did he get the ship? Where did he go in the ship? What was the character's name? Was he Caucasian? Did he have a love-interest? What other events happened? How long was the book? Who was the author? What did the cover look like?
    – Valorum
    Dec 21, 2017 at 5:38
  • This sounds like 'The Days Of Solomon Gursky'
    – Valorum
    Dec 21, 2017 at 5:40
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    The ship was a sentient AI and the experiments caused deformities and death and the research station was destroyed. He was belived to be dead and became a freelance smuggler Dec 21, 2017 at 5:59
  • Please add that to the question. Dec 21, 2017 at 6:20
  • It was a full length novel main character was Caucasian Dec 21, 2017 at 7:30

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One Jump Ahead by Mark L. Van Name

The main character was Jon Moore and his ship was a Predator Class Assault Vessel.

Jon Moore: A nanotech-enhanced warrior who wants nothing more than a quiet life and a way back to his strange home world. Lobo: An AI-enhanced Predator-Class Assault Vehicle, a mobile fortress equipped for any environment from the seabed to interstellar space. TWO WOLVES IN A GALAXY OF LARGER PREDATORSJon Moore wanted only to relax on the pristine planet of Macken--but Macken was the secret battleground of two megacorporations, both determined to control the local jump gate and the riches of an undeveloped world. Moore was too valuable a tool not to be used, whether or not he was willing. What the corporations didn't realize was that Moore had a mind of his own and a conscience that wouldn't let him quit until he'd righted the wrong they'd tricked him into making. And Moore had Lobo--or just possibly Lobo had Jon Moore, because this Assault Vehicle had a mind of its own. . . .

Finding allies and enemies among terrorist groups and elite mercenaries, gun-runners and the only kind of government possible on a frontier short on rules and long on riches, Jon and Lobo fight to a climax with a corporate army that can't afford to leave any witnesses. Exotic settings, fast action, real tech, mechanically-enhanced animals--and a beautiful woman who's as deadly as a cobra!
Synopsis from Goodreads

One Jump Ahead cover.


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