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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....
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-12-14
Takes MEARS Out of Your Life
IN MY EXPERIENCE GUYS WHO WERE ANAL ENOUGH ABOUT USING THEIR FULL FIRST NAME, NEVER BOUGHT A ROUND.
It has been a while sense a listened to Identity Theft, but I believe the first two hours of this book is that story or one similar. The first two hours is five star listening, but after that it gets old quick. I would not recommend buying this book, but I would recommend getting Identity Theft.
STUPID HAD IT'S OWN VELOCITY
Noir detective stories are usually good short stories, but not long books. After a while you lose interest. The action scenes where some of the worst ever. In the middle of a fight scene I found my mind wondering. Sawyer tries so hard to get a fight on Mars and it's low gravity come off as realistic that it is too detailed and too stilted. Parts of the book was sophomoric. All the women were curvy.
There are parts that are funny. It is also interesting to consider if you could move your consciousness into a plastic, but real looking and feeling body, and be almost immortal, would you do it and what type of body would you get. It reminded me of breast implants. Suppose an old man could get a young muscular body, with a large endowment, so to speak, wouldn't he do it.
Christian Rummel is a top tier narrator.
I AM LOOKING FOR CLUES.
I ALWAYS KNEW YOU WERE CLUELESS.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
By Craig on 04-06-13
Gumshoe on Mars
Sometimes we listen to a futuristic novel and say to ourselves, "Yup, that could happen" or, "That is in the realm of possibility." We did not make our purchase expecting Fantasy, or Sci-Fi Comedic Opera; we purchased good old-fashined science fiction. Even if our story has a crime thriller theme, we still made our purchase based on the expectation of some solid, thought-provoking, science fiction brain-candy. Well, my experience with with Red Plant Blues was just the opposite. I found myself saying, "This is totally bogus. This is not Sci-Fi, it's a Jack Reacher on Mars novel." (Note: For those who have not listened to a Reacher novel...think Dick Tracy on steroids [sans the badge])
Everything about the novel, Red Planet Blues, is far too fantastical to even contemplate. Not that human-consciousness androids are out of the realm of future possibility, its merely that Robert J. Sawyer, the author, presents them as such ludicrous characters that they lose their viability as plausible entities.
The novel begins by asking us to empathize with a down and out private detective who is (for reasons unknown) exiled to Mars. The theme is thus: A Private-Eye, with nothing, gets a case that could make him rich if he pursues an unethical pathway (if he was ethical in the first place - we don't know that). However, the plot is so muddled with extraneous characters and unbelievable events that we, as listeners, lose sight of the big ethical questions. Hence, we are left with listening to a drama unfold about a guy that does pretty dangerous stuff on Mars without a believable motivation to risk dying in the near vacuum of its hostile planetary atmosphere. As the audience you will say to yourself..."That was pretty stupid, why did he do that?"
If you can suspend credibility for ten hours and listen to this book as a sequence of interesting, but wholly unbelievable incidents on a planet with a hostile environment, then by all means, go for it. Otherwise, let the data-bits of this novel rest on the Audible servers.
In memory of Mr. Ebert...two thumbs down!
17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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By Simon on 05-23-13
I couldn't put this book down (at least my iPod)
I found this story riveting. If you can get your mindset around a colony living on Mars and minds being transferred into robotic bodies, the science is pretty good with low G and almost no atmosphere.
I really loved the 'Dirty Backstreet Private Investigator' style and in some ways this book reminded me of the movie Sin City.
Best book (audio) I've read (heard) in a long long time!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Brett on 08-04-13
Good old detective story
Would you listen to Red Planet Blues again? Why?
No because its a detective story with a twist if you know the ending what's the point
Would you recommend Red Planet Blues to your friends? Why or why not?
Yes because it's sci fi
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Yes very very well read
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By David M. on 07-15-18
Not my Cup of tea
I started to listen to this book, based on a website saying that it was a bit like Hitchhikers Guide crossed with a Raymond Chandler novel. It's definitely not. It trots out old clichés and tries to be in the "tough worldly" first person that Chandler novels get off to a T. Its terrible.