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The Automatic Detective Audiobook

The Automatic Detective

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Publisher's Summary

Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just can't catch a break.

When Mack's neighbors are kidnapped, Mack sets off on a journey through the dark alleys and gleaming skyscrapers of Empire City. Along the way, he runs afoul of a talking gorilla, a brainy dame, a mutant lowlife, a little green mob boss, and the secret conspiracy at the heart of Empire's founders - not to mention more trouble than he bargained for. What started out as one missing family becomes a battle for the future of Empire and every citizen that calls her home.

©2008 A. Lee Martinez (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Martinez tickles the funny bone in this delightful, fast-paced mishmash of SF and hard-boiled detective story.... Eccentric characters, all of whom are clever twists on stereotypes, populate a smart, rocket-fast read with a clever, twisty plot that comes to a satisfying conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)

“This combination sci-fi/hard-boiled detective story is a hoot….Narrator Marc Vietor approaches the story with a classic noir tone that is hilarious.” (AudioFile)

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    Eric Kimball 08-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun and silly"
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    This is a real over the top story. I mean it starts with a robot detective and that's really the most grounded thing in the whole affair. A. Lee Martinez gleefully mashes every 50's B-movie trope he can find into a single cohesive story. That feat on it's own should be applauded. This is not a book to make you think it's a summer blockbuster with spectacle and big explosions sitting on top of a simplistic plot. "Bad guys kidnap good people for evil plan and robot detective stops them" the totality of the story. It's a simple but enjoyable book worth a read.

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    Mary 05-03-16
    Mary 05-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Cliches done well"

    A well told story that fills the plot out well. Starts slow but drags you in and builds to a great read

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    Mark L. Berry Dallas, TX USA 04-12-16
    Mark L. Berry Dallas, TX USA 04-12-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Megatons of Fun"
    Where does The Automatic Detective rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an awesome book. If you want a sci-fi sundae smothered in true-grit detective sauce, this book is for you.


    What other book might you compare The Automatic Detective to and why?

    Max Megaton is kinda like Jack Reacher, if Jack had titanium skin and Max had the urge to bed his sexy female partner. Both are hard as nails (one literally, the other figuratively), and both left the military to strike out on their own.


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    He definitely brought the feel of an 'olde tymey' radio broadcast to life here.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh Out Loud (yes, some of us old timers can still spell instead of using textage type). The snark is in full bloom in this novel.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm hooked. Downloading Mr. Martinez' next novel now.

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    CeliacWheatLover 02-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed it."

    If you like sci-fi and Raymond Chandler, you will love this book. A great central mystery, fun characters, a heavy dose of weird. So much fun.

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    Jason United States 01-28-16
    Jason United States 01-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Exactly what I wanted from a robot detective novel"

    Martinez has become one of my favorite authors because of stories like this- smart, fast-paced plots with great characters and dialog that's funny as hell.

    This one's worth TWO credits!

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    Amazon Customer 01-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic"

    I thought the story of Mack megaton would be kinda of dumb and cheesy and it may be . however I got sucked into the story and A. Lee made me a fan of their books

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    Shannon 07-04-13
    Shannon 07-04-13
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    "Great fun!"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure what I expected from the review, but I was pleasantly surprised as I listened. I'm a hardcore science fiction fan and long-time aficionado of the gritty detective mysteries of old. Martinez combined the two in a way I really enjoyed and Mr. Vietor brought it to life wonderfully. The end sounded like it could be the beginning of a series. I'll be watching.

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    N Oakleigh South, Australia 04-28-13
    N Oakleigh South, Australia 04-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not my type of story"
    Would you try another book from A. Lee Martinez and/or Marc Vietor?

    Maybe. I suspect not. This Science fantasy book was not my type of book . It was written in the American detective style but using robots and type writers,.. whatever. I did not enjoy this story, it did not work for me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Waste of my time.


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    Noell SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIFORNIA, United States 04-06-13
    Noell SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIFORNIA, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2010

    Fantasy, adventure, sci-fi, mysteries, and poetry- just a few of my favorite genres.

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    "Automatic Like and Recommendation *some spoilers*"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I happen to be a fan of film noir and an even bigger fan of steampunk, so to have the two genres combined is absolutely wonderful. Several of my friends also like steampunk and sci-fi so I would definitely recommend this to them. I must admit, Martinez can either be a hit or a miss (didn't care for his story, Monster) but this is an absolute hit. The only thing I think the story needed was a little more character development on some of the characters, like the young Holt -who only appeared in a few scenes yet was at the center of everything. Other than that, this is absolutely one of my favorite "reads" of the year.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Mac Megaton as the cold yet somewhat sensitive "detective" as well as his friend/ sometimes roommate Young the Gorilla. They were just a wonderful pairing and they brought a sense of humor to the story. Luchea Napier was an equally intriguing character as the automatic girl genius turned playgirl who secretly still dabbles in science in her spare time. I kept thinking that she was going to turn out to be the femme fatale of the story, but Martinez didn't follow that cliche so bravo for him and his ability to create fresh and appealing characters.


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    I found it a bit comical whenever he tried doing a female character, but he did a fantastic job and really brought out Mac's cynical nature.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Automatic Detective: A Heart of Gold with Arms of Steel.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in sci-fi, film noir, steampunk or a combination of all of the above- then this is the book for you. This honestly has a little bit of everything- monsters, mayhem, romance, technology- it's just an all around fun and engrossing listen. Really hoping he makes a sequel sometime soon. Even though the threat of an alien invasion/immigration has been neutralized, there are always the problems and villains of tomorrow. Plus, I would like to see Mac and Luchea's relationship go somewhere somehow.

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    Elsie Berlin, MA, United States 03-04-13
    Elsie Berlin, MA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Nicely done."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this story to anyone that enjoys light hearted sci-fi.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Automatic Detective?

    I don't like to name specifics - that can be a spoiler. In general the fusion of the old-timey detective and the robot Mac was well done.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I am a sucker for a happy ending. This book ended well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's hard to listen to a book all in one sitting, or standing or even moving around...I don't listen to any book in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a fab job.

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