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Repo Men [Kindle Edition]

Eric Garcia
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In a brave new world, you'll never have to die . . . as long as you keep up with the payments.

Thanks to the technological miracle of artiforgs, now you can live virtually forever. Nearly indestructible artificial organs, these wonders of metal and plastic are far more reliable and efficient than the cancer-prone lungs and fallible kidneys you were born with—and the Credit Union will be delighted to work out an equitable payment plan. But, of course, if you fall delinquent, one of their dedicated professionals will be dispatched to track you down and take their product back.

This is the story of the making—and unmaking—of one of the best Repo Men in the extraction business, who finds his soul when he loses his heart . . . and then he has to run.

Product Details

  • File Size: 450 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006171304X
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Original edition (February 20, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00395ZZ44
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,488 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars MAMBO! April 3, 2010
By dperez
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Read this book right after watching the movie and I think it's sad that so much from it appears to have been lost in the conversion. Yeah, only so much can be told in 100 minutes, but still.... The book's ending, and most of the story, is quite different from the movie. I personally prefer the ending of the book, but the one given to the movie is more... fitting, I suppose. Somehow, both stories seems to complement each other in a way.

"MAMBO", btw, is a reference to the structural style of the narration. It moves back and forth all the time, as if dancing, throwing around bits and pieces of the narrator's life story, sometimes seemingly at random. Seriously, this is NOT a poorly written book, on the contrary, a lot of not so obvious yet important details and several currently relevant subjects that inspire hard thinking were weaved into a well thought out story, but I see how the unconventional narrative style (which I have seen similarly used before in some Hispanic American novels) could be a little odd to some. IMO however it just created a really interesting, refreshing and entertaining read. Also, the book's fragmented structure is a reflection of how an ex-military turned Union Man (nameless in the book) sees everything, including people. To him there are only fragments and he's unable (and maybe a bit reluctant) to put those together and look at the whole. After all, he only came for your liver, who cares about the rest of you? ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome May 22, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I remember adding Eric Garcia to my authorial wishlist. Karin Slaughter was at the Melbourne Writers Festival, and talked of how she was more nitpicky of the locations in the Vincent Rubio series, when really she should've questioned the realism of a dinosaur going undercover in contemporary America. Dinosaurs, crime and humour? I was hooked. Those three books have been long out of print, though, so I've never acquired them.

I have, however, read MATCHSTICK MEN (which is okay) and CASSANDRA FRENCH'S FINISHING SCHOOL FOR BOYS (which is great). But Eric Garcia's crowning glory is this magnificent tome: THE REPOSSESSION MAMBO, later republished as REPO MEN. The premise is irresistible: people can have transplanted artificial organs, but if they don't keep up the payments, the artiforgs are repossessed.

Our unnamed narrator has been through five marriages and subsequent divorces, driven tanks in wartime Africa, and worked as a Bio-Repo man for the Credit Union. But now he's hiding out, writing his memoirs while he's still alive - which may not be for much longer.

Simply put, I adore this novel. I love the premise, the narrator's voice, the humour, the looping internal structure, the world-building, and even the romance. I'm not usually one for romance, but the ending totally made me coo, "Aw!" If I was a writer, I'd totally want to write something as awesome as this.

Be sure to stick around for the author's essay, THE TAMING OF THE MAMBO, which charts the twelve-year journey from idea to short story to novel to screenplay and back to novel. I haven't seen the film, REPO MEN, which unfortunately went straight to DVD in Australia, so I can't tell you how the book and film measure up against each other.

And no, I'm not familiar with REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA, so I can't talk comparisons, similarities and differences.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hey, that's my liver! January 4, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
It's a rule: If you watch the movie, you must read the book (or vice versa).

This is one of the few times I'll say the book and film complemented each other. The two go in slightly different stylistic directions but are rooted in Eric Garcia's dystopian vision regarding organ failure and corporate policy. In the future artiforgs (artificial organs) are the new bling bling. Everyone wants one because everyone needs one. But fall beyond your billing's grace period, and the repomen are coming after that shiny kidney.

Repomen is a nonlinear story about a top repoman who finds himself on the other side of the hunt. But given that the story is nonlinear, the past and present are scrambled so that his adventure unfolds in a multi-dimensional mind trip. The chronological confusion deepens the character's sense that his life and mind are deteriorating. In this case I was glad to have seen the movie first, though it wouldn't have been a problem otherwise.

I loved how Garcia took the real-life corporate entity and cranked it to full blast. In many ways Garcia's idea of a dystopian future seems more plausible, looking at where things have been headed, than Aldous Huxley did in Brave New World. My only complaint is that while Garcia's prose is decent enough, his overall writing level is average at best. I needed something more profound than raw survival and confusion. That's why Huxley and Orwell will always be the masters of dystopia.

Garcia writes a dystopia that feels absolutely at home in this generation. His characters are desensitized to horrific violence and live by a empty ultra-consumer lifestyle overseen by corporate overlords. Garcia's dark humor is the perfect vehicle portraying how abysmally low people will stoop in the name of vanity. Who needs spiritual enlightenment when you got six-pack abs?
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I have no trouble saying, despite my fondness for dinosaurs, this is my absolute favorite Garcia novel so far. The plot is unfolded for you in an extremely jarring and jumpy fashion, and I definitely found that a little difficult to digest at first, but I quickly realized that the details I was meant to remember were repeated for me enough and I didn't need to work for it. I quickly adapted and found myself being unable to stop.

The characters were all alive in my mind, the story was developed in a manner that easily allowed me to suspend my disbelief about such a broken capitalist system being permissible in the future, and the references to futuristic technology were subtle enough to welcome me into the narrative Garcia developed without beating me over the head with details. Of course, the all-important artificial organs themselves developed by fancy corporations were often well described, but other aspects like military-grade 3D projection maps and laser pens were dropped in as if they were items of everyday speech, fully enveloping me in this world as if I were a part of it long before I read this novel.

I have not yet had a chance to reread this novel, as I would usually prefer to do before I fully judge it, but I think my second read will be just as enjoyable, if not more so, than the first. Though the story does feature a Garcia-typical turn of events, I do not believe knowing this information will degrade the story for me.

I heard the movie flopped, but I can't wait to see how Garcia and his co-writer (whose name I'm too lazy to look up) have developed this for the screen. Highly recommended novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
Better than the movie... and I really loved the movie. It's violent so I see why some people wouldn't approve. If you like that sort of stuff though then I say go for it.
Published 10 months ago by celina
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It's an older movie that I found it by accident on TV one night. Liked it so much I wanted to see it again so I bought the DVD. Lastly I read the book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Maureen H. Sarver
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it
Just do it. You know you want too. But seriously, it's a good read. Way better than the screen adaptation if that lead you here.
Published on February 25, 2013 by Caleb
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I always wanted to watch the movie so I thought the book would be a good prelude. The story concept was good but the writing style could not hold my attention. Read more
Published on October 11, 2012 by Beatrix
5.0 out of 5 stars Repo Men
Simply Breathtaking. I saw the movie before readimg this and thought ehh there werent going to be any difrence but the book was easily the best book i ever read. Read more
Published on February 19, 2011 by Liam Kondelik
4.0 out of 5 stars Completely different to the film and better!
This book was very pleasing and very well written. I had seen the film first and was a bit disappointed with it as it was very out there and went off track with the story. Read more
Published on September 19, 2010 by Mrs. Sarah L. Skinsley
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly executed
This theme isn't new, and Garcia's book is hardly the best execution. Read just about any other Garcia book. Read more
Published on May 15, 2010 by Matt
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Bad
The writing is pretty horrendous throughout. He attempts to create tension by flashing back continuously throughout the book constantly interrupting the narrative flow and making... Read more
Published on April 24, 2010 by Jacob Alldredge
4.0 out of 5 stars Good But Not Breathtaking
The book is a good read for Science-Fiction fans. It's a good first-person narrative, with nice dialect and descriptions. Read more
Published on April 4, 2010 by Jonathan Sembritzky
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