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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 30 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: June 3, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KQUVVAW
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Starship Grifters: Rex Nihilo, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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The book starts out great, continues to be great and over all is great right up to the very last three or so pages. I think there could have been a better ending here, something not as depressing that Rec could have witted his way out of like he always does. Instead he kind of just takes in this horrible reality in a very uncharacteristic way. This is why I gave the book four stars, but it is still a fun read.
This book is a hilarious romp through a far-future galaxy that exposes some of the ridiculous throughout the Star Wars Saga and in science fiction in genre. That's not to say this is dumb, however, If anything it's quite the opposite. Mr. Kroese is a brilliant writer. Even when he isn't being funny every line of this book crackles with energy. And for every witty reference there is a smart creation of his own such as their form of Rationalizing Interstellar Travel. And as much as I was laughing throughout, I never felt disconnected from the silly universe created in this book.
At the heart of the story is the relationship between sarcastic, self-centered and self-proclaimed legend, Rex Nihilo, and his robot partner Sasha. He's a conman always on the lookout for a pay day and she is a semi-sentient robot unable to tell a lie or develop an have original original thought. Their banter and antics hold the entire story together. Every time she has to get him out of a mess of his own design or pour him a margarita while he watches others do his bidding.
The story here isn't going too win any awards, but it's almost secondary to me. This is a parody of science fiction through and through, and an adventure filled with mishaps and accidental victories. Every member in the supporting cast is great and will keep you laughing, but nobody does it like Rex. Any time he opens his mouth it's gold, obnoxious gold, but gold nonetheless. I highly recommend this novel, especially for those who haven't tried this sub-genre before and are looking for something fresh
The book is very entertaining and filled with subtle (and sometimes not subtle) sarcastic humor. Enjoying it so far recommended even for people who aren't usually sci-fi fans. Lastly, don't judge this book by its cover or description. The Wit is enough to keep anyone interested.
Rob manages to sneak in bits of American pop culture very subtly, so that discovering these gems makes the reading experience all the sweeter. I am already anxiously awaiting the next Rex Nihilo (and Sasha) adventure. Hurry up and write, Rob!