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.
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
Yes. I have read others that I enjoyed. I bought and recommended "Calculating God".
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.
fossils on Mars idea.
book was not up to sawyer's best work.
The narrator saved this story in my opinion. Without his strong voice creating interest in this story I'd never have gotten past the first hour. The characters lacked dimension. Even the main character remained relatively unknown to me as I got further within the story. While the story had strong potential it failed to deliver.
My first book by this author. Terrific! Sam Spade goes to Mars and lives in Dodge City: a wonderful send-up of 3 genres AND a great story. The author has a wonderful imagination; the narrator is fabulous and switches accents flawlessly. Hard to pull it off but author and narrator together did it. Highly recommended.
Robert Sawyer is always finding creative ways to present tough moral/scientific issues. In this case, he writes a good old-fashioned private eye story that delves into the question of what really makes a person valid. In this case, he extends a previous story's concept of a "transfer": a human who transfers memories and experiences to a mechanical (and superior) body, then has the human body destroyed to preserve uniqueness.
Those people who are fascinated by the idea of colonizing Mars (Kim Stanley Robinson fans, et.al) may be disappointed: Mars is simply a setting (although there's a fair amount of detail that I'm sure Sawyer researched well, as he does everything). What Sawyer has always focused on is identifying the rough edges between science and faith / morality / humanity. And it's not always raw science that wins, or at least not easily.
So expect tough futuristic moral questions to confront characters - and expect your own beliefs to be challenged, too.
26, in the Army. I'll read just about anything
I would love it if squeal were to be made!
I realize a lot of people didn't like this book.. I'm not sure why, I guess most people are just too jaded? Either way, I loved it.. it's hard to find a hard boiled PI nior in space! Hahaha The story in this book has been told before, many times.. just not in space. I thought it was pretty well done.
This is one of the most entertaining books I've listened to. The story is full of different things to keep you wanting to listen to just one more chapter...then maybe one more.
Dr Pickover. Sort of the C3PO of the book but with a little more spine, intelligence, and strength.
He is the best. Accents were very well done and he can perform female characters without sounding silly.
Very interesting questions are raised on the nature of life and consciousness. Also the ultimate fate of biological humanity. Lots of cool scifi gadgets and technology but still very much grounded in reality and believable. Great book.
In general, I like Robert Sawyer. But I have to say that his Ontario is a lot more credible than his Mars. Wonder why? The central premise of this work is easy to grasp, and since it's obvious enough from the blurb, I can't call this a spoiler: this is a Raymond Chandler style Philip Marlowe mystery, transported to Mars. Cute, clever idea, right? Wrong. It's been done before, many times, and much better. The Marlowe character, an off-the-shelf, hard-bitten, morally ambiguous noir-detective, is pure cardboard. Every twist and turn of the plot, even those meant to be surprising or genre-stretching, can be predicted from the first half hour, leaving the listener resigned rather than intrigued.
Christian Rummel's narration is excellent as always, but he deserves better material. This is the first Sawyer I've heard since his enjoyable WWW trilogy, and I have to say I'm disappointed.
If he hadn't written it.
This book was so damn boring. It was just a cheesy detective novel that could have been written in the 50s. Crap. Even if you read 2 books a week, you're likely to only get through about 3,000 books in your life. Don't let this be one of them. There are so many amazing books out there, stay away from this crap.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
Overall I wouldn't say not to get this book BUT if u are a Sci-Fi enthusiast than this won't be concepts u probably haven't read already. If ur new to this type of genre this book might actually be extremely great to read but as some other critics have mentioned, its a bit predictable & its been written before more than once, & in better literary style in my opinion. and u can choose between different authors besides the graphic R. Morgan I prefer or a couple other planetary P.I.'s or bounty hunters as they stay on one planet or cross light years across the universe. I highly recommend u read the Takeshi Kovac series by Richard Morgan if u like the concepts this book brings up
Sawyer writes some great books & some mediocre books, this particular one falls more into the mediocre level, but I believe its only because I've read the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy by Richard Morgan... The 2nd book of this trilogy is actually about Martian archeology & the whole process of transference of consciousness is explained into so much more depth in his books (called re-sleeving & a diff between death & real death of a person) but there are other others who have gone down this road before. This book is entertaining & not as nearly as poetic as some of sawyers past books & if u read Richard Morgan he is the definition of a cyber-futuristic-bête-noir, graphic violent books that also has in depth, almost poetic writing.
I like Christian Rummel Narrations but I actually pictured John Geary with the voice Rummel used for Lomax & as with all narrators there is cross over with character sounds, I pictured other characters as well, which I thought was really funny if you've read the 'Lost fleet series' or the 'Lost Fleet - Beyond series' which are pretty good
It would take an exceptional amount of work to make this book into a four or five star listening experience for me.
The reader was actually fairly good.
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