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Tears in Rain [Kindle Edition]

Rosa Montero , Lilit Zekulin Thwaites
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Book Description

Death is inevitable. Especially when you have an expiration date.

As a replicant, or “techno-human,” Detective Bruna Husky knows two things: humans bioengineered her to perform dangerous, undesirable tasks; and she has just ten years on the United States of Earth before her body automatically self-destructs. But with “anti-techno” rage on the rise and a rash of premature deaths striking her fellow replicants, she may have even less time than she originally thought.

Investigating the mysterious deaths, Bruna delves into the fractious, violent history shared by humans and replicants, and struggles to engage the society that fails to understand her—yet created her. The deeper she gets, the deadlier her work becomes as she uncovers a vast, terrifying conspiracy bent on changing the very course of the world. But even as the darkness of her reality closes in, Bruna clings fiercely to life.

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In Spain at the beginning of the twenty-second century, in a society in which humans and humanoid androids (also known as technohumans, or replicants) have an uneasy coexistence, replicants are starting to murder each other in fits of homicidal rage, before killing themselves—victims, it seems, of deliberately corrupted artificial memories. Private detective Bruna Husky, herself a combat-model replicant, nearly becomes a murder victim herself before being hired to find out who’s responsible for the mayhem. Despite its grungy, neo-noir feel; its use of the term replicant; and its title—a quote from Rutger Hauer’s famous dying monologue in Blade Runner—this is not a sequel to that classic movie, or even a tale set in the Blade Runner world. But it is connected thematically to the movie, and fans of Ridley Scott’s film (and the Philip K. Dick story on which it is based), should definitely enjoy this well-plotted, imaginative tale. The writing is a bit clunky at times—perhaps an artifact of the translation—but it will take a lot more than the occasional awkward turn of phrase to make readers put this book down once it gets rolling. --David Pitt


"Tears in Rain is that excellent science fiction blend of fascinating concepts with twisting plots and intense characters who refuse to remain static, even as the world tries to force them into a particular mold.” –

"Rosa Montero's Tears in Rain captures and blends good Science Fiction with social commentary and a crime thriller on par with Tami Hoag or Tess Gerrittsen." – Lathe of

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  • File Size: 1759 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossingEnglish (November 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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136 of 142 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly a victim of the translator? October 25, 2012
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It is a daring writer who not only attempts to extend and re-explore a story that exists first as one of Philip K. Dick's best novels, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and second as one of the greatest science fiction films ever made, Blade Runner, but who also chooses as her title a phrase that will remind many, maybe most, potential readers of one of the most powerful and poetic moments in that film, making it inevitable that many, maybe most, of those potential readers will pick up this novel with expectations, maybe with a kind of "show me" attitude. Of course, Rosa Montero is not the first to have "extended" the story of the "replicants," ("androids" in Dick's predecessor), nor are those earlier efforts necessarily significant competition for her--they are just okay. But her title and the story she has proposed to tell make very big promises as one opens the first pages, and those promises are hard to fulfill.

I should say that as a re-exploration of the psychological traumas of the replicants, Tears in Rain provides deeper and more extensive representations of what it means to be more or less indistinguishable from regular humans, but to live with the knowledge of an imposed and knowable disconnect date. Montero's characters provide a range of convincing emotions and behavior consistent with what we might expect, especially with the expectation that determination and a certain ruthlessness (in the use of violence, especially) would be part of their existence. And more--the political and social implications for a world "divided" between traditionally born human beings and their near-twins, manufactured and so, in traditional terms, not "natural," are explored in some impressive depth and detail.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Simply Magnificent, then Simply Ordinary February 2, 2013
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I'll be honest, I don't read very much fiction anymore because it tends to be simplistic and trite and can't manage to elicit an emotional response in me anymore. Tears in Rain fixed that. It was one gripping read. A very complex plot line where you had to deal with significant mystery, it had the advantage of not being part of a series of books where you know the main characters are safe. Simply put, with 40 pages remaining, this book could have gone absolutely anywhere -- every character's life was on the line, every character's motivations still enshrouded, the story could have fallen toward a happy ending or a very evil one, or more likely a muddy mix of the two. This is how real life works. This is compelling fiction. Any turn of the page can throw a "wow" moment at you in a read like this. Montero had a wide open field and I had no confidence whatsoever that I'd be smiling at the end. This book had me on the edge of my seat in the midst of a very complex storyline. Simply magnificent reading.

Then something happened. Ms. Montero fell back on something she likely learned in a Freshman Literature class, using a trick I associate with cheesy TV dramas that play out in an hour. The story suddenly became goofy and unrealistic, the cast of characters incredibly small and incredibly flat. What followed was a quick finish that didn't do the story justice and walked through a set of scenes designed to tie up every loose end. I left with a "they all lived happily ever after" feeling, something that has no business in this kind of literature. In short, it just looks like Ms. Montero either lost her nerve or banged up against a deadline.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Complex characterization, in-depth storyline, thought-provoking circumstances.

What would you do if:

1. You found out you had been created in a lab.
2. Your childhood memories are false, implanted into you by a memorist.
3. You actually "wake" at 25 years of age.
4. You find out, that because you are a replicant, you will only live 10 years and then will die a painful death.

Bruna Husky is a replicant. She is 31 years old and only has four more years to live. She was created as a combat replicant, served her time doing those duties, and is now a detective in Madrid, Spain. It is the year 2109 and someone/something is implanting false memories into replicants, causing mayhem and carnage. Bruna is hired to find out what is happening.

I loved Bruna. I loved Police Detective Paul Lizard. Political issues, moral issues, manmade planets, space aliens (I loved Maio and especially the "greedy guts"), supremacists, memorists, archivists, a close look into an intriguing future that includes plasma guns, travelators, many different wars - all the complexities of this grand novel were pulled together tightly and present the reader with a satisfying ending.

In many ways, this book reminds me of The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. Another dystopian novel taking place a bit more in the future (23rd century), it takes place in Bangkok, Thailand but also deals with issues of global warming, food and water shortages and a genetically modified protagonist.

I am so glad that AmazonCrossing books are becoming available.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Detective sci fi
Part classic-feel sci fi and part detective story with a conspiracy thrown in. A little slow at times - probably from the excessive drinking and poor lifestyle of the android.
Published 22 days ago by MJB Midwest sci fi fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read!
Published 2 months ago by TheDude
3.0 out of 5 stars Not My Favorite!!
I have to say that the first half of this book was really boring. The second half got more interesting, but the plots were so plentiful and difficult to follow that it was hard to... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Entertaining. The ending is a bit disappointing.
Published 3 months ago by Mary A. Ebelhare
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done...interesting story line
Four stars for a storyline not done a hundred times with an unusual female heroine/private investigator who is smart, intuitive and well versed in kicking butt as necessary. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazoned
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 4 months ago by Ann Michaels
5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent, engaging sci-fi read
This is the first novel I've read by Rosa Montero, a well-known journalist residing in Spain. The English translation is excellent. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nilithis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but not conceptually groundbreaking
The story line was a bit reminiscent of Philip Dick's novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (also the basic for the movie, Blade Runner) but it held my interest nonetheless. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marty
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worthy of being compared with "Do Andriods Dream of Electric...
Slow moving, not all that exciting or thought provoking. I had to work to finish it. The antagonist was unexpected though the outcome was unsatisfying. Wouldn't recommend it.
Published 5 months ago by David E. Holtzinger
5.0 out of 5 stars I was very surprised and happy about this novel
I was very surprised and happy about this novel. Feels real in a futuristic world, and well drawn out. The end came fairly suddenly, but in a realistic way.
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Rosa Montero is an acclaimed novelist and an award-winning journalist for the Spanish newspaper El País. A native of Madrid and the daughter of a professional bullfighter, Montero published her first novel at age twenty-eight. She has won Spain's top book award, the Qué Leer Prize, twice--for "The Lunatic of the House" in 2003 and "Story of the Transparent King" in 2005. A prolific author of twenty-six books, her other titles include the short-story collection "Lovers and Enemies" and the novels "Beautiful and Dark," "My Beloved Boss," and "The Heart of the Tartar."

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