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Redline Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B00E661DNW
- Publication date : July 25, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1036 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 313 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1491056347
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,629,692 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Mars becomes a bold new frontier filled with the same type of rugged individualists (and misfits) as the wild wild west. Among them, the protagonist, Jefferson Brodie, a supervisor on the Maglev train lines, fights to pioneer a new train route to the South Pole; one which will bring water and perhaps independence to the Planet's inhabitants. This, of course, is frowned upon by the authorities back on Earth.
In steps Olivia Ellsworth, a sophisticated journalist from Earth who attracts Brodie's attention, becomes his love interest, and together they become entwined in a romance likened to the romances of old Hollywood.
This is fascinating writing; a brilliant new take on the Science Fiction genre, blending romance, cowboy ethics, futuristic imagery, wild west antics, and plenty of action in an wildly intelligent plot. Vivid characters leaped out of the pages at me. The two main characters seemed like old friends, people I wanted to root for.
If you like science fiction and westerns you'll love Redline. I give it five GOLD stars.
Set in an intrinsically familiar yet distant destination on the red barren landscape of Mars, “Redline” has the cinematic grandeur of a science fiction version of classic movies like “Gone with the Wind”, “Grapes of Wrath” or “Treasure of the Sierra Madre”. The unlikely romance of the two compelling main characters Jefferson Brodie and Olivia Ellsworth gives the magnificent setting great emotional depth.
The power of this parable has its heart in the pioneers of the Old Wild West whose independent spirit created the very real frontier of modern day space exploration. The stoic struggles of early pioneers are viscerally experienced in the lives of the brave Mars colonists in Parson’s extraordinary tale.
“Redline” is also a riveting love story. Olivia and Jeff’s relationship is fiery yet endearing as the two opposites find themselves in intimate situations where their true feelings for each other begin to blossom like a flower on the Martian prairie struggling to take root.
Parsons is an intelligent, gifted writer with a grand yet common-sense vision. Everything from her sentences to her storyline is well constructed and described in vivid detail. She has written a timely love story set against the unique landscape of the Red Planet.
I admire the world Parsons has created and the rugged resourcefulness of its colonists. The spirit of independence has founded many a new land, and the Mars pioneers in “Redline” will surely carry our common destiny in the stars.
Carol Parson’s sweeping epic is a new world drama with old world charm set in a fantastic future. “Redline” is a futuristic classic.
But Redline... Oh, where to begin. Redline is a fast-paced, near future scifi novel, delicately balancing plot progression and character development. Neither is neglected, and neither is over-emphasized. While the ending itself was fairly predictable, the final route to the ending was fraught with danger and unpredictability.
One of the main characters is the supervisor of the Martian maglev lines, so a good bit of the book is concerned with the trains, their maintenance, and sabotage thereunto. The author clearly did her research, and what is more, worked it into the novel in such a natural and effortless manner the reader may not even realize they're being taught.
Mars itself feels like a more exotic version of pioneer America, complete with Stetson-style hats, sidearms, and livestock; counterweighted by advanced dwellings, maglev trains, and spaceports. If this sounds like something that's been done before, you're right-- but you're also wrong. Science fiction written in a Western setting and style has been done, but it's rare that it is so concerned with the 'common' people (as opposed to outlaws or law enforcement).
I thoroughly enjoyed Redline. Is five stars a bit too much? Perhaps. But I'm so relieved to have found a self-published novel that so thoroughly evades the usual pitfalls that I think Ms. Parsons' book deserves it.
Very good story. Kept my interest throughout. A sci-fi with a Wild West sidekick makes for an intriguing blend. Parsons sure has a way with words. Her development of the characters made me feel like a part of the family. Example: Olivia held her own against gun-toting freedom fighters, cutthroat businessmen, and slimy under world bosses during her checkered career as a reporter.
The authors descriptions of Mars landscape put me smack dab on the planet. Mankind's advanced technology changed a hostile environment into livable conditions, but could not change human nature and behavior. Love, jealously, and hate will always be a human tradition.
The cat/mouse relationship between the two main characters was fun to explore. It was not love at first sight, or was it?
This was the first book that I have read from this author. I will be checking out her other books. Thank you Carol for giving me an adventure that was totally enjoyable.