Monday, May 4, 2015

"Doctor Mars (Mindcop Dossiers #1)" by T.A. Uner (4 Stars)

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Doctor Mars
The Mindcop Dossiers #1
by T.A. Uner

Genre: Sci-fi/Paranormal

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I was given a copy of this short story (43 pages) by the author in exchange for my honest review, and he was right - you can knock this book out while relaxing in the sauna (or on your couch with a lazy lunch, maybe listening to the cheeping of birds outside, a lovely fan blowing on your face... or heck, I don't know, while waiting in your doctor's office!)! And that was both good for me, and where I also might have liked a wee bit more information to back up the story.

Short stories can be hard to pull off anyway. There is a lot of detail you have to condense, especially if you're inviting someone into a world of your own design. This book takes place on Mars, long since colonized and terraformed with an atmosphere like Earth's. It also involves a new sub-species of humans, called Mutants; people with paranormal abilities. I would have liked to have more details about both, maybe a bit of history squeezed in, and how Mars is connected still to Earth, but maybe the author wasn't ready to reveal all of that yet. I can understand that. If it was a stand-alone I would feel the missing details were too important, but it isn't. It's a series and there's plenty of story time to reveal more.

T.A. Uner introduces us to the Mars year 2137, where we meet Mindcop Liberty Rise, who is investigating the death of a young man she quickly discovers was murdered via his ties to some kind of Genetics testing program. Her ability to Mind-shift (send her mind back in time to view a person's history - cool, right?) makes her a valuable asset to the investigation, but her detective partner's mutant prejudices get under her skin fast. That, and she finds him to be blunt and rather offensive. But it's all in the line of duty as Liberty drums up the leads and they get closer and closer to the answers they're searching for.

As "Doctor Mars" is the first in a series, you might expect an annoying cliffhanger but the author doesn't do that to us. You know who the bad guy is, you have your answers, and you can guess what book 2 is going to bring you - and you want it, too! So get your copy, put it on your tablet device, and remember it's there the next time you're in the mood for a quick, engrossing read. And if you're at the doctor's office, you'll find you won't even be annoyed that they made you wait.

Check out my review for "I, Mars", the second installment in the Mindcop Dossiers series!

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