Thursday, May 7, 2015

"I, Mars (Mindcop Dossiers #2)" by T.A. Uner (4 Stars)

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I, Mars
The Mindcop Dossiers #2
by T.A. Uner

Genre: Sci-fi/Paranormal

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**I was given a copy of this title after reading and reviewing the first book in this series, "Doctor Mars", by the author in exchange for my honest review.**

"I, Mars" (I love the titles in this series) takes place on Mars and the planet's moon, Phobos, with the latter's mining facility (Javelin) now seized by the genetically engineered terrorist known as Slow Fly. Slow Fly is a bad dude and he's abducted Liberty Rise's assumed dead boyfriend. And he's using him to control "Regulator", the main computer at Javelin, attempting to turn man and machine into an omnipotent weapon at his disposal.

When Mindcop mutant, Liberty, discovers that Cal might not be as dead as everyone believed, she takes matters into her own hands, defying orders and using whatever means necessary to save the man that she loves. Which also means she's in it for a showdown with the nefarious Slow Fly.

I found this book to be even more enjoyable than book 1, my issues with "Doctor Mars" mainly due to a lack of descriptive details and background history of Mars and it's mutants. At the end of this novella, the author explains that the first book was purposefully lacking these missing details in order to urge the reader to use their imaginations. I honestly believe that his decision to add in more detail in "I, Mars" to be a winning choice. Yes, we need to use our imaginations when we read, but we also need some guidelines. The reader doesn't want to build from scratch, after all, and one example is the author's setting of the planet Mars. In Book 1, we only know that Mars was terraformed to have a breathable atmosphere. But I wanted to know what that meant. Was there still red desert on the planet's surface? What did the sky look like? Did Mars look like a second Earth? In Book 2, the author gives us the answers to these questions, and more, and I, for one, was delighted to read them!

Though I'd like to comment on the ending and the showdown, both sweet for different reasons, I shall refrain. I don't want to give anything away. =D

For more:

Read my review of the Mindcop Dossiers, Book #1, "Doctor Mars"!

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