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Rogue Clone Mass Market Paperback – September 26, 2006
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Every clone, including me, believed he was natural-born. We grew up in orphanages, surrounded by 36,000 identical beings. Each clone believed that he was the lone natural-born on the premises. They were programmed to see themselves as having blond hair and blue eyes. When three clones shared one mirror, they all saw themselves with blond hair and blue eyes, while recognizing the brown hair and brown eyes of their comrades.
But I did not see myself as having blond hair or blue eyes. I was a Liberator-Class clone. Other clone soldiers were built to be strong, patriotic, and ignorant of their origins. They were boy scouts and a little gland inside their brain would release a deadly hormone if they ever accepted the unnatural nature of their origin.
I was built to be fast, ill-natured, utterly deadly, and addicted to violence. I did not have the death reflex built into my brain. Instead, I had a gland that released an addictive combination of endorphins and adrenaline into my blood to clear my head during combat…;
- Publisher : Ace; First Edition (September 26, 2006)
- Language: : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 044101450X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0441014507
- Item Weight : 6.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.31 x 1.12 x 6.85 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,006,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author speaks of having a bit of trouble starting the book, and I agree that he doesn't have the smoothest ability with working in information that the reader needs to know while trying for an action-packed opening. He's tacked on a Prologue that explains the basics of the military clones and the UA and the Mogats and Confederates, etc., but then goes on to repeat most of it here and there without added information. The explanations were sometimes too brief, leading me to wish for evidence of more in-depth world-building. Some aspects of the history and society seemed a bit strange and improbable without further information.
So the beginning annoyed me a bit, but the action and adventure of the middle of the book quickly caught me up and I really enjoyed it. The ending, however, was also a bit weak and anti-climactic.
Overall, I still liked this book and would be interested in reading more, despite the flaws.
exciting and seamlessly takes off from the first book with minimum "back play" There is
just enough familiarity to remember the cast from book one with out all the wasted
repeated info for those jumping in cold. Authors are getting smarter these days. If they
label a series 1 2 3 4 5 etc, then they can assume we are hooked after book one. No need
to repeat the story line. The quicker the sequel comes out, the more likely readers will
remember what they need to know. I read upwards of 7 different series at a time and have
just a little hesitation as I start a sequel.
In this followup, after a thankfully brief admittedly tacked-on prologue to bring readers unfamiliar with the first book up to speed (obviously the suggestion here is not to skip that first book), we again meet Harris, now engaged in security and espionage--a role he will play for most of the tale.
Some of the characters from the previous novel return (notably the bounty hunter Ray Freeman and Admiral Klyber), and some new ones are introduced. It's a fine well-planned, well-plotted professionally done action thriller that doesn't waste time with setups. The mayhem begins right after the prologue and keeps going right to the end of the book.
Mr. Kent obviously wants to entertain his readers, and does quite a good job of it. So why four stars and not five? As in the first book, some readers may object to the fact that while the book is set 500 years in the future, except for the "broadcasting" of spacecraft, the tech seems next year, not something a half-millennium down the line.
Naturally, as this is a book in an ongoing series, the ending here is slightly less than satisfying, as Mr. Kent uses his final pages to set things up for the next episode. The third in the series, "The Clone Alliance," has already appeared, and a fourth, "The Clone Elite," will have appeared, Amazon says, in October 2008.
Notes and Asides: Sunrise would not come at 8:00 a.m. in Hawaii in late March (if at any time of year in a state so close to the Equator); if one is "nonplussed," one has not remained calm when receiving disturbing or surprising news--quite the reverse, actually; people have "dour" expressions on their faces, not dower "expressions."
Top reviews from other countries
Personnellement je trouve ce roman très complet car le choix de faire tourner le récit autour du libre arbitre tâtonnant de clones programmés mais à la psychologie assez complexe .... de surfer sur des changement de régimes et des situations d'allégeances ambiguës ... de la présence d'un hallucinant destroyer spatial ... de présenter des combats crédibles et d'insister plus cependant sur les conséquences humaines et politiques de la guerre en entrant dans les détails car traitant de préférence de l'individu et souvent du local planétaire et des coursives de vaisseaux de guerre ...
Dans ce tome le clone et lieutenant Wayson Harris ne prend parti ni pour la rébellion ni pour le régime contesté et il doit servir sous les ordres d'un régime qui honnis les clones tout en étant contraint de les utiliser ..
Un roman assez riche qui présente un univers intéressant complexe ainsi que riche et subtil ...
Un univers de SF militaire qui repose sur l'ambiguïté des statuts personnels ( humain - pas tout à fait humain ) .. sur la politique .. les changements de régimes et insurrections ... de l'action ... une réelle prise en compte des conséquences humaines de la guerre dans un tas de contextes différents ..
C'est pas mal écrit et c'est crédible : une belle pièce de SF militaire en fait ...
Voici le 4e de couverture :
Having gone AWOL after his fellow troops were massacred, Lt. Wayson Harris-outlawed clone soldier of the Unified Authority-returns to service. But will Harris work for his former leaders...or against them?
Ist anscheinend ein US Literaturdefiziet...