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- Print Length: 169 pages
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- Publication Date: December 19, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006O3T7WO
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The Martian Emperor (A Chronological Man Adventure) (The Chronological Man Book 2) Kindle Edition
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It seems that it is 1894 and New York is besieged by Martians. A flying saucer of all things has appeared in New York's Central Park and the Martian Emperor wants Earthlings to lay down their arms and give him a million dollars in gold. This odd news results in Smith being decanted and Smith and his side-kick, April Malone, head off in Smith's private train to New York. Smith meets Teddy Roosevelt, who knows him of old, and seems to know more about Smith's background than he lets on, and Smith, Roosevelt and Malone set out to unravel the mystery. During the course of their adventure, they meet a young carnival performer named Harry Houdini who lends a hand. Even Nellie Bly gets a cameo.
Is it a hoax? Smith smells a rat because the "Martian" artifacts are too boilerplate cliche, and, yet, it also seems that the Martians are doing things that are in advance of the technology available in the closing days of the Nineteenth Century, kind of like Smith's own technology, which involves private automated trains, lighter than air flying vehicles and automated telegraph interception devices.
All in all, The Martian Emperor is a rollicking good yarn. Smith, Malone and Teddy make for engaging characters. There are some improbable scenes and good humor (e.g., "I'm commandeering your rhinoceros.") We get hints about Smith's backstory: his sick sister is making the slow journey to the future, he had conversations with "Tom" about what a just society should look like, and Smith may have a technologically advanced rival in a secret society called "the White Apothecarians."
The Martian Emperor is well worth the investment of time and money.
What a great Christmas gift it was to discover that a new Chronological Man had been released. I was eager to jump in and follow the adventures of the elusive Dr. Who/Tony Stark/Sherlock Holmes mashup that is the main character Smith; a man who lives in suspended animation only to awake when he is most needed. I was hoping to find him solving more mysteries with the use of his brilliant machines, preternatural deductions, and the ever plucky Miss April Malone. And I am happy to report I was not dissappointed.
Where TMitM had more of a Steampunk vibe, this second installment fits squarely in realm of the serial adventure, the pulp or dime novel. It would not be a stretch to see Smith cross paths with The Shadow or Doc Savage or The Avenger. Mr. Mayne works this vibe brilliantly as he charges our hero with the task of saving the world from a Martian invasion he is sure is a hoax. By employing a larger landscape (19th century New York) and a cast of historical characters (Teddy Roosevelt says hi!) Mayne kicks his series into high gear. And like the serials from which he draws his inspiration, we are faced with non-stop action that will leave you breathlessly turning pages until the very satisfying conclusion.
Readers new to the series may sense a lack of character development that does not fully explain the mutual attraction between Smith and Ms. Malone. They may also feel slightly lost regarding Smith's "long naps" and references to events long passed. If so shame on you. For 99 cents you should be reading both The Monster in the Mist and The Martian Emperor...back to back...now! Read together, any cracks will surely be cemented over and what will be left is a solid body of work that is so entertaining you will wish there was a donation box on Amazon so that you could support Mr. Mayne even further.
Favorite quote: "You don't elevate a society by putting a diffferent set of crooks in charge to steal and put their boots on our necks. You elevate society by not putting the crooks in charge."
I liked it a lot, but a little less than the 2nd, because...well...actual aliens would've been funner and probably in line with expectations.
The historical aspects to it were fun to me (as a person not knowledgeable of history) but could probably get picked apart by someone who knows a lot about the time period...or the specific individuals featured in it.
Still a great book by all means, but I was a little put out, not massively...but well...it would've been fun, it does sort of seed aliens as an actual possibility for a later book...and so thats cool I guess, but drat...I really wanted aliens.