- File Size: 1793 KB
- Print Length: 162 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Rod Gillies (June 29, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 29, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008GDT7UC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,354,047 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Red Mercury Kindle Edition
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I liked the idea of "Red Mercury," but just couldn't swallow how it was written. The good guys (and girl) were all brave, noble and heroic, the bad guys were either stupid, totally evil, or both. No matter how bad things looked, the good guys were able to overcome it. Everything happened just a little too conveniently for the heroes - usually in the nick of time - and the bad guys always did things in a way that was most helpful to the good guys. For example, with an entire detachment available, the Soviet office takes only one soldier with him to guard the prisoner while they look for the demolitions. I couldn't help wondering how they were going to carry all those explosive charges while guarding a dangerous prisoner, but it did give the good guy a chance to overpower his captors and escape. Very convenient, though not very believable.
With more experience I feel Gillies will be a good author, but for now I can't recommend this to others.
I did not believe the steam powered walker was even remotely possible, even with modern technology and control systems it is not practical, but that was a minor part of the story.
I also found the rigid airship technology that was used as being unlikely as well. I didn't see anyway you were going to get a rigid airship to Siberia. And there was the goofy technology that the author tried to describe that substituted for parachutes I found implausible as well.
The story did not focus on the technology much though. Most of the story focused around the attempt to rescue a nuclear scientist and his daughter from the Bolsheviks in an alternate 1917 universe before he can create an atomic bomb for the Bolsheviks. Some of it was pretty plausible, but lots of it I found not so plausible, both the alternate history and the story line itself.
But, I did find it moderately enjoyable reading so I gave it three stars. I think the author is asking 99 cents normally and it is worth 99 cents to me.
Top international reviews
Suspend your disbelief and dive in headfirst - you won't regret it!
I dearly wish I could sit down and achieve something like this... The fact that Rod has done this at a first attempt is fantastic. It is most certainly worth the price, and I would not have been disappointed if I had paid more...
The story moves along at a brisk clip, great characters you can easily visualize and bond with.
I love a novel that is all story, not all describing this that and every little thing.
I wouldn't have a hesitation reading another of the author's books.
Read for what it is, then it is enjoyable enough. The contrast between the thought-provoking achievement of the apparently light-entertainment TV episodes and the speed with which this story fades from the memory sums up a missed opportunity.
This is the scene for an adventure featuring such steampunk classics as giant walkers and massive dirigibles. However what makes this such a good read is the page turning action, the likable heroes and sadistic villains.
All this for £1.50 (or £4.50 for the dead tree version). What's not to like, apart for the wait for the sequel?
I rarely give a book 5 stars but this one gets it because it was entertaining - and because it is credited with introducing me to a new genre. I'm looking forward to reading Mr Gillies' next book!
A gripping page turner with twists a plenty that I couldn't put down - great fun & thoroughly recommended.