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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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  • G.Monie
  • Bethpage, NY, United States
  • 07-01-13

OK, Sawyer books are hit or miss, not too original

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

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The reader was actually fairly good.

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