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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416555498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416555490
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

While the character development, world building and thematic depth are mediocre at best, Van Name's flare for witty dialogue, breakneck pacing and nonstop action compensate for the narrative inadequacies and make this high-powered sequel to 2007's One Jump Ahead an undeniable page-turner. When nano-enhanced soldier of fortune Jon Moore and his sentient assault vehicle, Lobo, run into a former acquaintance, a conman and thief named Slanted Jack, Moore's kindheartedness gets him and his sarcastic battlewagon into a deadly predicament. A religious fanatic who moonlights as an arms dealer, an irate gang leader and a powerful government councilor are all ready to wring Jack's neck, and Moore becomes the target of their collective fury when Jack suddenly disappears with an allegedly psychic child and a cache of invaluable artifacts. The flat characters and undemanding plot may discourage more cerebral readers, but those who gravitate toward action-heavy story lines will find Moore's escapades highly entertaining. (July)
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About the Author

Mark L. Van Name, whom John Ringo has said is "going to be the guy to beat in the race to the top of SFdom," has worked in the high-tech industry for over 30 years and today runs a technology assessment company in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. A former Executive Vice President for Ziff Davis Media and a national technology columnist, he's published over a thousand computer-related articles and multiple science fiction stories in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including the Year's Best Science Fiction. Jon & Lobo stories have appeared in a Baen anthology and Jim Baen's Universe.

 

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Mark L. Van Name is a writer, technologist, and spoken word performer. As a science fiction author, he has published four novels (One Jump Ahead, Slanted Jack, Overthrowing Heaven, and Children No More) as well as an omnibus collection of his first two books (Jump Gate Twist); edited or co-edited three anthologies (Intersections: The Sycamore Hill Anthology, Transhuman, and The Wild Side), and written many short stories. Those stories have appeared in a wide variety of books and magazines, including Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, many original anthologies, and The Year's Best Science Fiction.

As a technologist, he is the CEO of a fact-based marketing and technology assessment firm, Principled Technologies, Inc., that is based in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. He has worked with computer technology for his entire professional career and has published over a thousand articles in the computer trade press, as well as a broad assortment of essays and reviews.

As a spoken word artist, he has created and performed two shows: Science Magic Sex, and Wake Up Horny, Wake Up Angry. He also frequently leads humor panels at SF conventions.

For more information, visit his Web site, www.marklvanname.com, or follow his blog, markvanname.blogspot.com.

Customer Reviews

Van Name makes you care about the characters.
Harold M. Curtis
I have just received the third book in the series and will begin reading it this week.
MC
I recommend this book to anyone who wants a good SciFi read.
Gregory Brower

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Maxwell on July 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Jon is having dinner at swish restaurant when his meal in interrupted by an old partner of his - Slanted Jack - a professional con man who wants Jon to do him a favour. Jon knows Jack never does anything without an angle but he finds it impossible to refuse his request to help with security needed by a small boy with a meeting he has to have with local religious leader.

For me, after reading ONE JUMP AHEAD this book was a disappointment. It doesn't have any real action sequences and by the second half of the book it felt like I was simply reading about one meeting after another. The nanos - in many ways one of Jon's most interesting features - don't play much of a part in this story at all. What we do find out about however is more interesting information on Jon's home planet of Pinkleplonker and how Jon was healed by his sister.

I'll still read the next book in this series, but the author seems so intent on keeping these novels as stand alone stories that so far you don't actually see much character development in either Jon or Lobo.

One Jump Ahead (Jon & Lobo Series)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Abramson on January 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I very much enjoyed the 1st book in this series "One Jump Ahead", but didn't like this book at all, and, in fact, couldn't finish it. The author takes WAY too long to tell his story with way too many words, asides, uninteresting background information, unnecessary scenes. The relationship between the man and the boy is completely unbelievable (he only met the boy once for 15 minutes, and the boy could have been a con artist); then he becomes devoted to the boy's welfare. There is one scene in which Jack buys a kind of flying sled where the author tours the entire town and tells everything about the store and the salesman except what he ate for lunch today. I wanted to scream "Just buy the !@#$% sled already!!". I think he needed to pad the words to make the book meet the page count. Finally I gave up and just threw the book away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By customer on April 30, 2009
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I loved the first book in this series but this one is not up to snuff. There is very little that separates this from most other military science fiction.

Mostly a large number of meetings with unbelievable results. No use of the unique characteristics of Jon and Lobo. Lobo becomes a nag and a bore. Maggie is totally one dimensional and a pain in the story. Jon's relationship with the boy is unbelievable.

Skip this one and hope Van Horn returns to form in the next one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Gibbs on July 14, 2008
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Remember the Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison ? He was a loveable character who stayed barely on the right side of the law (most of the time) in a far future where human civilizations had spread over multiple star systems. There were villains and dictators of all varieties and a former cat burglar/con-man wandered through all of them bringing them down a peg, or unseating them totally by starting a revolution that wonderfully reminded the reader of the only successful revolution in modern history: the American.

As you can see from the plot synopsis elsewhere on this page, Jon Moore is back in a sequel to One Jump Ahead (Van Name's first novel). This time Jon (and his highly intelligent ship/assault vehicle named "Lobo") is caught up in an elaborate con game with a former partner-in-crime who is (quite deservedly) known as "Slanted Jack."

Jon didn't want to work an elaborate three-way con involving two sets of crooks and a semi-dictatorial multi-system government. (For the latter, think of a the government cops who were the bad guys in the TV Series "Firefly.") However, he decided that it was morally obligatory to save a child who may be one of the few links to the home-planet that Jon lost about 150 years before. (Yes, he is that old - remember the nano-machines in his body?)

The moral dimensions of Jon's predicament are what give the story some depth. Jon wants to do good, but he also wants to survive and not be captured as a human test subject, imprisoned in a government laboratory for the rest of his life. His decades of life on the edge has involved a lot of killing. So much that he schemes on how to win any conflict and escape from any trap without having to blast innocent and not so innocent humans into constituent atoms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Bragg or C. Bragg on August 10, 2010
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This was a fun sci-fi book. Not often serious, but no filler fluff. I, like the main character, wanted to throttle Jack more than once, but things would not have gone as well without his mind-boggling "help." The plot moved at a nice pace with a smattering of relationship angst and bits of science everywhere. Not an epoch work, but fun escapism. I hope Jack has more adventures for us.Slanted Jack
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By MC on August 9, 2010
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This series is developing nicely and could be one of those series that stays fresh for years to come, as we all find out more about Jon's past and his quest to find his sister, if she survives, and what happened on the planet of his birth.

I'm not going to write any spoilers here to ruin it for those of you who haven't yet read any books of this series. I do highly recommend starting with the books in order. I have just received the third book in the series and will begin reading it this week. I have to say that Baen seems to develop new sci-fi authors better than any other publisher does right now.
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