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Rocketship Patrol [Kindle Edition]

James Ivan Greco
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"It's too soon to mutiny, isn't it?"
"It is only your first day."

Pop Quiz: You are rookie DUPES officer Dana Loy, fresh out of the Drantini Unified Police and Emergency Services academy, reporting for your first day of duty aboard Patrol Rocketship 8724. What challenges are you likely to encounter on your first day as an officer of the law in the sleepiest back corner of the sleepiest star system in the sector?

A) Paperwork

B) Routine traffic stops

C) A lecherous drunk of a commanding officer, a love-struck robot out for revenge, unscrupulous alien scavengers, an entire fleet of pirates, and a psychotic criminal mastermind

D) All of the above

If you answered "D", congratulations! Prepare to get caught up in an hilarious chase against time to catch the galaxy's most wanted warlord -- where your first day on the job just might be your last!

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About the Author

James Ivan Greco writes hunkered deep underground in a psychic-proof bunker while his wife, son, and indentured cats blithely frolic on the surface above in the future post-apocalyptic wasteland that is southwestern Ohio. Visit his website at to sign up for his new release email list and get a free short story.  

Product Details

  • File Size: 3768 KB
  • Print Length: 157 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Chaotic Neutral Books (January 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008N0SUTW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,978 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun, head shaking, no he didn't say that humor July 26, 2012
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I had a great time reading this book. A good story wrapped itself around M.A.S.H. style humor that just didn't stop. Instead of doctors you had good cops, bad cops, idiot cops and pretend cops; good guys, bad guys, sort of good guys who could be bad with the right incentive and idiots; a good AI, bad robots and bad robots that could be good with the right incentive. And spaceships. And guns. Shake don't stir.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A humorous tale that has no equal August 9, 2012
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Rocketship Patrol is a hilarious jaunt through space with some colorful characters. The author blends a masterful collage of action and humor that left me in the end wanting more. Do yourself a favor, buy this book and spend an evening laughing and enjoying a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Retro sci-fi that is pure fun! July 23, 2012
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Greco writes the kind of stories that made me fall in love with sci-fi in the first place. And his latest book, Rocketship Patrol, is no exception. This homage/send-up of retro-pulp space adventure is packed with robots, rocketships and ray guns. Add to that a comedic cast of characters, some outlandish aliens and plenty of zippy one-liners -- and the result is a story that puts a smile on my face and reminds me of the great SF I read as a boy.

Mind you, this is not "hard" science fiction. This is for people who love the action/adventure/humor of writers like Kieth Laumer or Harry Harrison or Douglas Adams. The is pure SF fun with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Sadly, it's the kind of SF that's increasingly hard to find these days. Luckily, J.I. Greco has a track record of consistently delivering the goods. A record which happily continues with Rocketship Patrol. ---Rob Lanning,
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4.0 out of 5 stars A funny little bit of space pulp July 22, 2012
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Junior Officer (Probationary) Dana Loy of the Drantini Unified Police and Emergency Service (DUPES) gets her first duty fresh out of the Academy. She is assigned to an aging patrol ship guarding, or, more accurately, largely ignoring a quiet sector of space. The only other officer on the ship is her incompetent commander, Lieutenant Detective Hackenthrush, although he is renting out an extra cabin to an alien civilian.

During her first day, they detect a drifting lifeboat at the edge of their patrol sector. In accordance with the well-know truism that good deeds do not go unpunished, they become unwittingly involved in a massive and dangerous police sting operation as a result.

The main character of this short book is the woman they rescue. Charlene Cortez is mostly human, although she has a whizz-bang cybernetic arm. I'd say more about her but it would be a spoiler, so I won't. Let's just say she has connections with the Galactic Authority Police.

And then there's Igon, an untrustworthy, lovesick robot.

All of the characters are fun, often simply silly. There is nothing profound or insightful about them. They may make you smile, but they won't make you think (to misquote Jethro Tull from Thick as a Brick - a great classic rock album, which has nothing to do with this book).

Rocketship Patrol is a pulp Sci-Fi novella that intentionally parodies the books from the 1950s and 1960s. At 31,000 words (about 100 paperback pages if it were available in paperback, which it's not) it is about a third the length of a regular novel. I picked up a copy during a recent free Kindle promotion and read it the same evening. I noted a few typos, but not many more than I normally find in traditionally published books.

I recommend this for pulp Sci-Fi fans interested in a short, fun read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not deep enough June 28, 2014
By ssheley
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It was really lame with not much depth/ shallow/ predictable and because of this it was hard to enjoy that much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A zany author continues, still you have to laugh November 24, 2013
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Totally funny and stupid; I got " the Blockade Run " a a free E Book, and got hooked on this author, Susan Powell, is not the sort of heroine, that you would take home to mother, In Rocket ship, a different sort of heroes doing their best not to be, and to avoid any thing that might get them killed:
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun and enjoyable read. Thank you! May 18, 2013
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This is a fun story. This would be a good 1950s SciFi movie. It is well written, and easy to read.

Has plenty of twists and turns to really make it interesting. Right up to the end you are never sure who is really on which side.

Nice writing by Mr. Greco! Thank you for the wild space ride.


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4.0 out of 5 stars The occasional giggle May 1, 2013
By fishman
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For starters I would have only given this 3 1/2 stars but it was closer to four than 3. Quick easy read not something you'll look back on a couple years from now and say oh that was a good book. It is far more likely that you will have forgotten about it altogether. One memorable line "I don't want to be on the lonely end of a firing squad." If I take that with me I guess that is something.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Same old story.
Why is every futuristic space story ALWAYS assume the same theme of destruction? Isn't it possible if it comes to a future of this planet still having a humanity from earth, people... Read more
Published 19 months ago by and tau
4.0 out of 5 stars Had a great time
There is nothing like the old time Sci-Fi fun. Take the time (you don't really need a lot) and take this fun ride.
Published 24 months ago by G. Jack Powell
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to rate this one
The blurb is right--it's old fashioned Space Opera, but a highly satirical version of it. That's what makes it hard to review. Read more
Published on November 25, 2012 by H. S. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Futurama revisited
Yep. If you liked the adult cartoon show Futurama, this is the book for you. Plenty of slapstick and slightly off-color jokes, with an almost plausible story line. Read more
Published on October 12, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi fun
Good, old fashioned Science Fiction Fun. Reminds me of the stories in the pulp Sci-Fi mags of 50-60 years ago.
Published on September 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars pure fun
from start to finish, retro fun. Wish there was more adventures. Pure escapism and goofy without being juvenile. Recommended, nice pace.
Published on September 6, 2012 by rc
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci Fi Fun
This little novel was a good read. I tried to make it last over several nights but the story drew me in and the next thing I knew I had completed the book. Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by URL
4.0 out of 5 stars Look don't worry about the penicillin, the de-con lock will kill...
Space Opera with a since of humor. There are some very funny parts through out and of course a few times the humor got a bit long in the tooth. Read more
Published on September 5, 2012 by SGL
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Heinlein-like Pulp Fiction
I found the story to be a refreshing find amongst the lesser known works of the science fiction section. Read more
Published on August 12, 2012 by Tenchi in DC
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More About the Author

Whatever else JAMES IVAN GRECO may be - author, doodler, gentleman reprobate, aspiring curmudgeon, uncompromisingly corruptible, intermittently dependable, and uncomfortably awkward in most social situations - he is definitely not, as far as you need be concerned, a Writerbot Model 9000. Capiche?

Man or robot, he writes hunkered deep underground in a psychic-proof bunker while his wife, son, and indentured cats blithely frolic on the surface above in the future post-apocalyptic wasteland that is southwestern Ohio.

Contact him at his website, or on Twitter at @JIGreco. To get an email when he releases a new book - and a FREE short story - sign up for his new release email list at Just look for the NEW RELEASE EMAIL SIGN-UP link and make with the clicky-clicky.

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