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