- Series: Moreau Quartet
- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: DAW (August 4, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756411254
- ISBN-13: 978-0756411251
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,861,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Moreau Quartet: Volume One Mass Market Paperback – August 4, 2015
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Praise for the Moreau Quartet:
“An entertaining, hard-boiled detective novel set in a gritty, relatively near-future.... If any book was meant to be made into an action-adventure movie, this is it.” --Locus
“Mix in every detective novel you’ve ever read, include some Terminator and The Incredible Hulk, and you’ve got Nohar.... I look forward to more adventures.” --VOYA
“Fast-paced and well-written, with a plot packed with action and suspense.... To create a credible tiger-”human with whom the reader can empathize is no mean feat, but Swann pulls it off.” --Kliatt
“Here is the printed-page equivalent of an action movie: a novel as vivid as a cinema blockbuster loaded with high-budget special effects.... It also has the rhythm of an action flick, with violent fight or chase scenes occurring at frequent intervals.” --The New York Review of Science Fiction
About the Author
S. Andrew Swann lives in the Greater Cleveland area. He has a background in mechanical engineering. He has published twenty-three novels over the past eighteen years, which include science fiction, fantasy, and horror. His latest series is his epic space opera, the Apotheosis trilogy. He can be found at sandrewswann.com.
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Unfortunately, the author way overdid the action, especially at the end of each of the two novels, so that the hero goes far beyond any pragmatic logic and attempts to single-handedly resolve things while getting the shit beaten out of him, and only surviving through howling coincidences.
So, what I am saying in simple terms is he needed a strong editor, which is why I only gave it 4 stars.
S. Andrew Swann
DAW, Aug 4 2015, $8.99
“Forests of the Night.” Homo sapiens genetic engineering created two subspecies: Moreaus and Frankensteins. By 2053, Nohar Rajastan knows he is lower than the Franks who socially rank beneath his fellow Moreaus because his state executed father led his Special Forces tiger unit rebellion. The son of a terrorist can only be self-employed doing crappy private investigations rejected by everyone else. Trying to collect his fee at a dive, Nohar escapes with his life, a warning and no commission leaving behind three dead in Ohio (homage to Neil Young). A Frank hires Nohar to learn who killed a Pink, Congressman Binder’s campaign manager Daryl Johnson. The case turns ugly when law enforcement and the drug selling gang who killed his previous deadbeat client target Nohar.
“Fearful Symmetries.” Over a decade and half later Nohar gave up sleuthing, his human wife and the Midwest to reside in rural California as part of a program to remove Moreaus from the cities; while his no longer deep yellow Bengal stripes inform him death is coming soon. A Los Angeles attorney represents a client willing to pay him 50K to find a missing Moreau, Manuel, who vanished over a week ago. Nohar insists he is retired until assassins arrive to kill him.
This omnibus is out of publication order as these 1990s releases are the first and fourth novels with the middle two (see Emperors of the Twilight and Specters of the Dawn) to follow in Vol 2. These are fabulous futuristic hard-boiled urban fantasies with deep looks at racism and genetic engineering. Nohar remains a sensational lead working the Asphalt Jungle (nod to John Huston, director) in which survival of the deadliest is the universal law
Secondary cahracters in one story become major characters in another, and characters and relationships are changed by time and by their actions in believable ways.
My only criticism is that there are only 4 books. I would have read many more by this author.