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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 eviluniverse.com to sign up for his new release email list and get a free short story.  

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  • File Size: 4266 KB
  • Print Length: 157 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Chaotic Neutral Books (January 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008N0SUTW
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JAMES IVAN GRECO writes science fiction, fantasy and horror books filled with schemers, opportunists, madmen, snarky robots, idiot aliens, big guns, fast cars, and faster spaceships. In addition to the Scoundrels of the Wasteland series, his books include Rocketship Patrol, The Zombie Makers, Spill, and Dungeon Breakers. For more on his books or to contact him, visit his website, EvilUniverse.com.

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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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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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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, SFNetcast.com
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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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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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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. Has many of the same elements as the show - lovesick, criminally narcissistic robot, curvacious but clueless rookie cop, aquatic criminal mastermind controlling some other creatures body, explosions and collisions galore...
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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.

Kindly,

Grant
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I found the story to be a refreshing find amongst the lesser known works of the science fiction section. The author writes in a clean straight forward style very much Heinlein with the humor built in. Smooth references to current science fiction stories makes for a nice quick read. I look forward to more stories in this universe.
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