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Rosetta (Jim Meade: Martian P.I. Book 2) Kindle Edition
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"I am a sucker for interesting science fiction, and this fit the bill. I am so glad I did. Jim is a great character, full of a noir tortured past and wild west tricks. I can not wait for another Jim Meade book."
- Meredith L. Fahey
- Mark Polino
- File Size : 1563 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 242 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00846UJPS
- Publication Date : May 16, 2012
- Publisher : RJ Johnson Publishing (May 16, 2012)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #450,466 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story follows Jim and his friend Emeline, on an adventure across the solar system, plunging through western and sci fi genres and tearing out through the other side. The science fiction side of the story is really interesting to read because current NASA projects are beginning to utilize the types of propulsion described in this book.
I am not usually a mystery fan, but I could not resist reading this book after reading the synopsis. I am a sucker for interesting science fiction, and this fit the bill. I am so glad I did. Jim is a great character, full of a noir tortured past and wild west tricks. I can not wait for another Jim Meade book.
Jim Meade's character was well drawn. He is definitely a lone ranger type, and his ambivalent attitude to violence grated at times. But he was sufficiently individual to be likeable. I particularly enjoyed the development of Suresh and Atma,drawn out of their subservient shells by Meade's democratic bluster. Emeline, Meade's romantic interest, was not so roundly drawn, but her role in the plot was essential. The villains were suitably villainous - evil but sufficiently articulate to argue the toss between between freedom and tyranny, democracy and demogagy.
Jim Meade says he would like enough money to pay an editor. I symphathise. But I nearly gave up on the book (and I am glad I didn't) because of repeated spelling mistakes like 'excited' for 'exited': one, the spelling was wrong,and two, better words can be found.
Overall, an entertaining read with enough of both action and ideas to keep the reader interested.
However, it could really use an editor and/or another draft. The author's writing style is clearly still developing, and this ends up leaving us with awkward sentences here and there, which pushed me out of the story as my brain insisted on rewording them into smoother sentences. The writing just doesn't flow all the time. For a good amount of the book it does, but then it stumbles here and there, so you can't really just go with the flow.
There were also inconsistencies here and there which were distracting. I'd be reading a long, read some part and then read another part which seems not to jive with what was just said in that previous part. It would push me out of the book making me think, "hang on a minute", but then not wanting to have to flip back in the kindle try to find the part it didn't add up with. Only thing to do is try to ignore them and push on. It's with this that an editor and primary reader would probably offer a lot.
The final weakness is that there are quite a few cliche moments with cliche dialog. Cliche can be done right if it is done so well that you don't even realize it's cliche. But in this, they rather stood out.
Those things are what knock this down to 3 stars. Otherwise, it was an enjoyable read, and with some editing and rewriting, I'm sure it would be quite a fine book. I hope this author continues writing this series, because despite the negative points, I do want to see where things go from here and what becomes of the characters in the aftermath of this story. :)
Actually, I didn't mind the unrealistic action sequences or the macho-man hero so much, but I just couldn't stand how the lowly hero (Tough But Fair, of course) and his Girl Friday (also T/F) were the only ones who could save the day no matter what crisis arose, usually by breaking all the rules. As a side note, I also got tired of so much blatant, "in-your-face" social injustice by ALL the wealthy/upper classes, which seemed designed solely to show the reader just how fair and unprejudiced our hero is, even though he's a tough-talking ruffian.
This would probably be okay if you like the 'super' hero P.I. type story, but I like a little more realism in what I read.
Top reviews from other countries
With two warring/opposing factions jostling for power and communities on Mars and elsewhere this had a hint of Iain M Banks about it (one of my favourite authors - though I prefer his non SciFi novels). Jim Meade is a PI in the traditional sense - wisecracking, devil may care etc.
The story trips along rather nicely and is not too techy at all, relying instead on the main theme of the tale to take you along. With a basic murder mystery at its heart it opens up to something much wider and the last quarter fairly rattles along at great pace meaning pages being turned very quickly to keep up.
Nice one, I'll be checking out more of Jim Meade.
Good space opera that leaves you wanting to read the next book of Jim Meades adventures.