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The Outer Rims by [Morey, Clint]
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About the Author

Clint Morey left Los Angeles for the beauty of Montana, where he raised his six children and continues to live there with his wife. Clint is the author of a number of science fiction, fantasy, and mystery stories, including The Harvest, Jaidee, and When I Fall in Love. His latest book, The Outer Rims, is being serialized by Kindle Serials and 47North.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1709 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (February 19, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477855882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477855881
  • ASIN: B00B2UZ9WG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,542 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By S. miller on April 29, 2013
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I'll keep reading, but characters/setting are marginally developed. Christian proselytizing seems to be an unsubtle undercurrent. Book does get more engaging (relatively) as it progresses.
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The first two installments really grabbed me. Story was imaginative, surprising; the characters seemed morally ambiguous and interesting. Less so as the story continued. By the end the story was predictable and the characters seemed one dimensional. It almost felt like there was a rush to wrap everything up in a simple resolution. Too bad.....
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Marshal Matt Wallace has had a successful career keeping the peace on remote frontier planets. His new assignment is on Altair, a resort planet with top-of-the-line medical facilities. This assignment includes the opportunity for his wife Lydia to receive life-saving medical treatment. There are challenges, too. They include a deputy who wanted to be the new marshal, a staff uncertain about his leadership style, and a native population on the verge of rebellion. Also, there seems to be Something Going On in the hospital.

I wanted to like this book more than I do. But it just isn't... what it could have been. The characters are shallow and predictable. The natives, for example, are Noble Savages straight from central casting. The bad guys all seem to have the same mix of arrogance, racism, and brutish stupidity. And many of the characters change their mind about things at the drop of a helmet. The plot goes straight from Point A to Point B. There are few surprises and no intricacies.

What gets the book one more star than it deserves is that this badly-written, cliché-riddled story actually reminds me of early 20th century pulp science fiction. Like a weekend overnight in a log cabin, its blunt simplicity brings back memories of what the last generation lived with. And what we have progressed away from.
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It's got some genuinely innovative and imaginative aspects... I was intrigued.
Overall the story moved pretty good, the only problem is some of the climactic moments seemed to wrap up too fast and not with the same care given the rest of the story.
BUT... like I said, overall it moved along and keeps your interest and is a good read. I'll look forward to more from this author.
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We ordered this book as a kindle. My husband and I were looking for something we could read together. It is sci-fi, which is not a genre i typically care for. Nevertheless for the sake of spending time with my sweetheart I sucked it up. Surprisingly, it turned out to be a very interesting and good book. We both enjoyed it very much and it turned into something of a "page-turner" for us. I got to where I really looked forward to the time of day when we would read it. I would recommend this book certainly to anyone who likes sci-fi, but also to anyone who likes fictional stories about governments and ethics, especially medical ethics. I really enjoyed this read.
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This is a good sci-fi story mixed with humor and several morality issues.

This might be a good book for a family to read together and discuss the issues.

On the humor side I give Roy 5 stars! I think even Isaac Asimov would have been proud of him.
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Writing a serial is hard, there's no doubt about that. Getting a cohesive story turned in on time in a limited time-frame is a monumental task... and for that achievement I do applaud this book. Clint Morey created an interesting world with unique characters. The problem is, as the story winds to a conclusion, there are multiple instances of characters "Doing Something" important to the story outside of the printed words. E.g. a tiny robot gets on the underside of a transport... How it was done... when it was done.. not addressed.

I have little doubt that such jumps are entirely a fault of the format; it takes far less time to state that something was done... than to write out the actions as those actions progress. I wouldn't mind seeing this story re-addressed and expanded upon with those gaps filled in.

Another side effect of the format is that lots of questions are posed about the cultures and reality of many of the players involved. Case in point: "The Visitors." Why are they so important? Why does everybody fear them? What exactly is the Council? Why does the Council matter? Many of the questions ultimately go unanswered... which left me with a hollow feeling. There is a large difference between withholding information for the sake of creating mystery or leaving options open; and quite another between leaving questions of motivations completely un-addressed. This, separation of "Information" and "Answer" is highlighted in one of the final standoffs. To try and keep this spoiler free, a villain in the book connects getting caught for one hostile and illegal action... as being caught for a completely different and separate illegal action... and ties it together with a comment about fear and ignorance preventing scientific advances. If that actually sounds confusing...
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I have read a lot of fantasy/sci-fi stories and books. I enjoyed this one because:

1. The prose was acceptable, with good grammar, good spelling and coherent sentences, which made the reading easier.
2. It carried the theme of, "Justice applies to everyone" through to a satisfying conclusion; and was appropriate for a "Law enforcement in the far future" story.
3. The characters drew the reader's emotional response
4. Though the story was not a comedy, Roy, the marshall's personal assistant, added enough humor to draw my frequent smiles.

I would classify it as a good read.
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