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By Robert L. on 12-19-12
Big, Dumb and Deadly in Dystopia
The #1 rule of action plots where the characters and/or plot are a little thin is 'keep moving' and the titular Bodyguard is never far from the next gunfight, the next escape or the next rocket flight across the solar system. That, done with very well matched narration, makes this a fun, summer reading type of a book.
The solar system of the Bodyguard is harsh and dystopian and earth itself is worse. A series of surprises awaits our hero, not least because massive head trauma has reduced his ability to think ahead, or behind. This is an interesting device, since it means the reader is constantly trying to figure out plot points that it is quite legitimate to expect our hero to miss. It also papers over some plot issues quite nicely.
In fact, the one thing about the book that actually bothered me was the way too frequent reminders that "I didn't see it at the time, but hey, that's because I don't have a whole brain" which got on my nerves a little.
If you like the whole 'film noir detective in outer space' sub genre, with maybe some extra violence and social commentary thrown in, you'll have fun with this one. If your manias are for technical details of the future, sweeping space battles, intricate plotting or deep characterization, there are other books that do those things much better.
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