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Red Planet Blues | [Robert J. Sawyer]

Red Planet Blues

Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up 40 years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.
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Publisher's Summary

Robert J. Sawyer, the author of such "revelatory and thought-provoking" novels as Triggers and The WWW Trilogy, presents a noir mystery expanded from his Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated novella "Identity Theft” and his Aurora Award-winning short story “Biding Time”, and set on a lawless Mars in a future where everything is cheap, and life is even cheaper....

Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up 40 years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.

Trying to make an honest buck in a dishonest world, Lomax tracks down killers and kidnappers among the failed prospectors, corrupt cops, and a growing population of transfers - lucky stiffs who, after striking paleontological gold, upload their minds into immortal android bodies. But when he uncovers clues to solving the decades-old murders of Weingarten and O’Reilly, along with a journal that may lead to their legendary mother lode of Martian fossils, God only knows what he’ll dig up....

©2013 Robert J. Sawyer (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    HIYBRID 01-24-14
    HIYBRID 01-24-14

    Former steelworker from Buffalo NY retired after 40 yrs. as a Registered Nurse. Viet Vet, did a lot of theater in HS... e-Clectic for sure

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    "A True Gumshoe on a Red Planet"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    OK so we're on Mars, the planet. Once you believe this here's your likeable flawed charming babe chasing guy trying to do right for his clients. The writing is classic light noir, so prepare to chuckle a bit. Easy reading


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    The narration was clear and entertaining. Very good character voice and emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    It ain't Tolstoy but it isn't trashy either. A good romp on Mars in a good guys (gum) shoes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Seiler 08-17-13
    J. Seiler 08-17-13
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    "Collage of old "gumshoe" Fi & unimagitive Sci"
    Would you try another book from Robert J. Sawyer and/or Christian Rummel?

    Yes. I've read other Sawyer work and he isn't shabby. Just not excited about this one.


    What was most disappointing about Robert J. Sawyer’s story?

    Very shaky science; the fi part is OK if a bit outdated. I've read and re-read most of the 20s to 60s detective stories, good at the time but better left where they lie.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have no issues with Christian Rummel's work


    Do you think Red Planet Blues needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really. It's pretty much of a stretch already.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite my less than stellar appraisal, I did kinda enjoy it, though.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 07-14-13
    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 07-14-13 Member Since 2013

    A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!

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    "I liked it!"

    Despite what some other reviewers said, I enjoyed this book! It has humor, it has interesting subplots, and kept me interested. The science was plausible, for the most part, but that isn't a huge thing for me - after all Star Trek science isn't plausible, but I still enjoy it! The blending of sci-fi and detective story was appealing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shaliali 05-29-13
    Shaliali 05-29-13 Member Since 2007

    I love the BBC and British mysteries, but my tastes are very eclectic. I live with my husband and menagerie of rescued cats and dogs.

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    "Sci-fi Noir"

    I enjoy sci-fi, and I like detective novels, so this novel was right up my alley. To top it off, I enjoy Robert Sawyer's writing, and this novel did not disappoint. The ideas in this book were very interesting. I don't want to give too much away, but the idea of consciousness transference is really well-explored in this novel. The mystery is also interesting and the suspense kept me listening when I needed to be doing other things.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy NEW YORK, NY, United States 06-04-13
    Jeremy NEW YORK, NY, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2012

    This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.

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    "Sawyer: please do not continue this series!"

    I'm a fan of Sawyer's books and I love how he is able to mix modern sci-fi and detective stories, as the true successor to Asimov. Sawyer's new novel has a lot going for it, Mars, a tight intrigue, and immortality. It's a great homage to the Robots of Asimov, to film noir, to Bradbury as well to standard Sawyer novels.

    Unfortunately, the book is fine but not great. The environment is well-done and the story flows but there are a few problems that break with typical Sawyer's greatness. First, the characters are cartoonish, in a bad way. It is very difficult to stick to a stereotype that not only lacks substance but seems to have been pulled out of from a different author (i.e., Casablanca); other characters come and go with style but nothing behind it. Second, the intrigue is broken in two pieces, as if there wasn't enough material for one book and Sawyer added No.2 to this one. Not a great manner to create a rich enthralling intrigue. Third, the denouement is just not that surprising or great and there are few mysteries to discover.

    It's still entertaining enough and the narrator is amazing at voice-acting. But nothing memorable.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Nathaniel NEWBURYPORT, MA, United States 05-29-15
    Nathaniel NEWBURYPORT, MA, United States 05-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great mix of SciFi and Classic Noir Detective"

    Absolutely loved this story, which is really more a collection of connected ministories. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada 04-25-15
    Amazon Customer St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada 04-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Listen"

    Feels like something Mars could realistically be in 50 - 100 years from now. Excellent science fiction story beautifully narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 04-21-15
    Robert 04-21-15 Member Since 2013

    I like Sci-Fi, logic, technical, and fantasy.

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    "Sam Spade Meets Mars"

    One of my favorite genres of movies. This story brings it up to a futuristic setting. There are even plenty of references to the Maltese Falcon. Even direct, yet massaged, phrases. This was very satisfying. Although I can see how some people would not like it, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Down the to Sierra Madre reference.

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    John 04-14-15
    John 04-14-15 Member Since 2012

    I like books with humor and heroics. I like the good old fashion good guy.

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    "Fun read"

    Interesting style it is a bunch of short stories but with a overall narrative. So one big story told with several short stories all from the same point of view

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    Elaine Sumas, WA, United States 08-03-14
    Elaine Sumas, WA, United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2015

    I'm 66. I've read Audiobooks now for 6 years. After an assault, I had minor brain damage and couldn't read. Audible got me back to books

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    Would you try another book from Robert J. Sawyer and/or Christian Rummel?

    Yes. I have read others that I enjoyed. I bought and recommended "Calculating God".


    What could Robert J. Sawyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    create more likable characters. update the job of main character. present fossil plot in the beginning. give more attention to the world of future Mars. remove references to past ideas in earlier books. delete accents; doesn't work for future.










    Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Rummel’s performances?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    fossils on Mars idea.


    Any additional comments?

    book was not up to sawyer's best work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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