- File Size: 397 KB
- Print Length: 128 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Warrior Metal Tales (March 30, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 30, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XYLQ3NB
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,126 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Wreck of the Marissa (The Eternal Dome of the Unknowable Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This is, essentially, a return to the pulps-- a series of exciting interactions, with some evolution or exploration of the characters, a lot of cliff-hangers... but more story to come. There will be a part 2, and a part 3,... and so on.
Which, if you enjoy the story (as I did), is great news.
As MH Page explores on his blog, this book a) has a consistent answer to why wacky space-pulp technology works and advanced computers don't and b) is heavily inspired by the Traveler RPG and related fiction.
Traveler is gritty, violent, noir-ish... and so is this book.
A weakness of pulp, noir, and perhaps Traveler is that they don't do a good job including realistic women in the narrative as anything other than conquests. This is a modern book, and that problem doesn't occur.
This is why I've enjoyed this novel. If the above intrigues you, I suspect you'll enjoy it as well. If you think this sounds terrible, you probably won't like the book.
With an opening sentence like that, I was hooked. And for only $2.99 USD, I couldn't pass it up.
I am please to say that this book delivered exactly what it promises. This was a fun, sci-fi, action adventure read. I will buy the next book in the series as soon as it comes out.
Trust me, though... You know this guy. If you grew up reading Space Opera and Golden Age SF, Brandistock is an old friend.
His trade? Well, he's a professional adventurer. Archeologist. Interplanetary combat veteran. Retired mercenary.
The details of his life are hard to come by. No matter. You get to know a man by watching him perform under stress. You'll get to know quite a bit about Lucky Jim before the end of this novella.
Having seen his type before, I can tell you a few things about him with certainty.
He's the tough, wise-cracking bastard stumbling through a Martian sandstorm, one step ahead of the law, shackled to Eric John Stark.
He's the lunatic weaving a stolen Nazi motorcycle in and out of traffic on a Cairo backstreet, while Indiana Jones holds on to the pillion for dear life.
He's the guy in dark glasses and long sleeves playing poker with Northwest Smith and the Stainless Steel Rat.
He's the guy who puts himself between Miles Vorkosigan and a swarm of angry bouncers when things go sideways at the Venerian burlesque club.
He's the guy at the Mos Eisley Cantina trying to make time with every able-bodied Orion nautch dancer and red Martian princess ... or, hell, maybe even green Martian princess... Who am I to judge?!
You see what I'm saying, partner?
And as a retired soldier? When the drop zone got too hot for the Colonial Marines or Mobile Infantry, it was guys like Brandistock who waded into the LZ and stood shoulder to shoulder with Killer Campbell or Sergeant Zim or Easy Gordon or any one of Robert Heinlein's leatherneck badasses. Brandistock, however, probably had sense enough to wander off when, afterward, the conversation turned to Ayn Rand and the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis.
So sit back. Enjoy yourself. Lucky Jim is one of the good guys, and The Wreck of the Marissa is an adrenaline shot of thrills and adventure, in the manner of golden age space opera.