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The Third Claw of God (Andrea Cort Novels) Mass Market Paperback – February 24, 2009


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  • Series: Andrea Cort Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061443735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061443732
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,421,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mavis on August 9, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was really bummed by this book. I enjoyed the first Andrea Cort book. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to make it past page 50 of The Third Claw of God. Yesterday I put it back in my TBR pile.

The author changed the voice and character of Andrea Cort. He also uses a different writing style. This book sounds more formal and I found myself stumbling on word order in sentences and re-reading sentences. Also, Andrea doesn't do nearly as much talking and thinking in this book. The plot seems far fetched even for scifi. There's also heavy focus on the relationship between Cort and her love partners. If they're not in bed, they're thinking about wanting to be in bed.

I may try it again this winter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Ronquillo on April 7, 2009
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I love cross genre mysteries and this series is building up as one of the best, particularly in the science fiction field. Like Isaac Asimov before him Adam-troy Castro builds a completely fair mystery using an alien environment and solves it within the unique circumstances presented. I have only one quarrel with the book. It needed a good copy editor. There are dumb mistakes in syntax and grammar, particularly early in the book (or maybe I was too involved later to notice) that should have been caught. I look forward to meeting Andrea again.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Jackson on April 28, 2009
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Every decade or so a super tough new hero or heroine appears and sticks; becomes part of the public consciousness. It was like that with Lara Croft and almost happened with Sky Captain. It even happened twice for James Bond. I'm not psychic, or even particularly hip but I think it may happen again soon with Adam-Troy Castro's new uber-bad protagonist Andrea Cort.

Cort is all business in the mind bending sci-fi masterpiece "The Third Claw of God". She is the least likeable person in a galaxy of unlikeables. The difference is she doesn't delude herself. As Prosecutor at Large for the Confederacy's Diplomatic Corps, Cort cannot afford to make many friends and vengeful enemies are just part of the job. Through Andrea Cort's eyes, Castro shows us intriguing alien races, world-raping corporations, weapons too foul to describe and minds fouler still willing to commit any atrocity to further their own sick agendas. And that is just the first chapter.

"The Third Claw of God" is the follow up to what is easily the most original sci-fi novel of the last five years, Emissaries from the Dead. The third installment is being written even as I type this review and I hope it will be in stores by next year.

If you have been looking for a great sci-fi story "The Third Claw of God" is for you. If you have been wondering whose career to follow, check out the acclaimed works of Adam-Troy Castro. You can't go wrong on either score.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Claiborn on May 30, 2009
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The author's setup is a classic: a horrible crime is committed in a mansion (well, a space elevator) full of aristocrats, their functionaries, servants and guests, and a gifted police inspector must unearth the murderer's plan before it's too late. Our investigator is Andrea Cort, war criminal and misanthropist, who has to apply insight peculiar to her horrifying background in order to solve the case. Cort's a fascinating character, unpleasant and provocative, and it's a lot of fun to watch her prod and torment her suspects as she gradually unravels the mystery.

The problem with writing about geniuses is that you need to demonstrate their intelligence by having them deduce things that the readers can't. It's in portraying Cort's genius that Castro runs into trouble. Her identification of the murderer requires a bizarre intuitive leap that it's hard to imagine anyone making, but she misses hints (the unusual link between two characters, the unnatural servility of the family staff) that leap off the page. Cort's powers of observation oscillate between Sherlock Holmes' and Clouseau's, making the revelation of new clues a herky-jerky affair.

The epilogue feels frustratingly short; much of what's revealed in those few pages would have been much more satisfying if drawn into the bulk of the novel. Still, Cort and her companions are extremely entertaining, and I find myself wanting to know more about this universe and the war going on between two factions of an artificial intelligence; I expect that I would read the next entry in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon Adcock on January 6, 2012
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I really liked Andrea Cotrt's debut novel, Emissaries of the Dead, and was looking forward to reading the latest novel. Unfortunately, I really can't recommend it to anyone. While the story is a hybrid sci-fi/mystery much like the 1st book, it lacks the imaginative locale and interesting alien culture of the 1st book. Instead it's an update of the old, cliche English drawung room mysteries made famous by Agatha Christie except, instead of the action taking place in the narrow confines of an English country estatre, it takes place on a space elevator stuck on it's descent. An entire universe at his disposal and almost an entire book takes place in a locale a little bit larger than my house. The genre can be done well (Asimov's robot books and Card's Speaker for the Dead being good examples) but this is definitely a misfire. A couple of revelations and twists aside, the mystery itself isn't all that interesting and here's hoping the next book can get back on track
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