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Mercury rising Tekijä: R. W. W. Greene
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Mercury rising (vuoden 2022 painos)

Tekijä: R. W. W. Greene, Eleanor Teasdale (Editor.), Paul Simpson (Editor.), R. W. W. Greene

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Fiction. Science Fiction. Historical Fiction. HTML:Alternative history with aliens, an immortal misanthrope and SF tropes aplenty
 The year is 1975 ?? Robert Oppenheimer has invented the Atomic Engine, the first human has walked on the moon, and Jet Carson and the Eagle Seven have sacrificed their lives to stop alien invaders. 
Brooklyn, however, just wants to keep his head down, pay his mother??s rent, earn a little scratch of his own, and maybe get laid sometime. Simple pleasures! But life is about to get real complicated when a killer with a baseball bat and a mysterious box of 8-track tapes sets him up for murder. 
So, his choices are limited ?? rot away in prison or sign up to defend the planet from the assholes who dropped a meteorite on Cleveland. Brooklyn crosses his fingers and picks the Earth Orbital Forces, believing that after a few years in the trenches ?? assuming he survives ?? he can get his life back. Unfortunately, the universe has other plans. 
Brooklyn is launched into a quest to save humanity, find his true family, and grow as a person ?? while simultaneously coping with high-stakes space battles, mystery science experiments and the realisation that the true enemies perhaps aren??t the tentacled monsters on the recruitment poster? Or are they? 
File Under: Science Fiction [ Little Green Men | Injection | Below the Crust | T
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Teoksen nimi:Mercury rising
Kirjailijat:R. W. W. Greene
Muut tekijät:Eleanor Teasdale (Editor.), Paul Simpson (Editor.), R. W. W. Greene
Info:London, UK : Angry Robot, 2022.
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Alternate-history space programme, hero joins it to expiate his crimes, failed to grab me. ( )
  nwhyte | Jul 28, 2023 |
Earth, 1975 ... but with a different history than the one we currently know. It's been 25 years since man first walked on the moon, and 18 years since a space fleet stopped an alien invasion.

Enter Brooklyn Lamontagne. A 20-something unskilled dude floundering through life. To avoid a prison sentence for a stupid crime of 8-track tape theft that went wrong and left one man dead, Brooklyn agrees to join the EOF (Extra-Orbital Forces) for a ten year stint. Little does he know what he's in for. From bootcamp in Texas to special training in the Arctic, to the moon for computer work, to deep space on a ship where the entire crew are gay men, to being a pin-cushion for a mad-scientist doctor experimenting on expendable men, to being shot and presumed and left for dead in space, to being prisoner and sent to work in a camp on Mercury.

It is there, on Mercury, that Brooklyn learns about the aliens who invaded decades earlier and, more importantly, of potential plans for a new invasion. But what can he do, as a prisoner in a place so remote that even fully-loaded weapons are cut into scrap metal because there is no one to use a weapon against.

This was solid, wall-to-wall action, a thrilling space opera - perfect for readers who don't want to spend too much time getting reflective or deeply into relationship building.

We get just enough of Brooklyn's back story to recognize that he's on a down-ward spiral and he's going to be that character who doesn't have much to lose, making his choices for action that much simpler to make. And in this, author R.W.W. Greene doesn't disappoint. Brooklyn 'grows up' through the course of the book and he's kind of fun to follow. And because Greene keeps the action moving so rapidly, we never really get the chance to sit back and reflect, which is probably good because we'd probably realize how thin the plot actually is.

The end comes about leaving waaaaay too many questions unanswered. In fact, the last quarter of the book seems to be building to something and just as we get there, the book comes to end. Meaning this is the first in a series and by itself an incomplete book. I've noticed some people writing that this works as a stand-alone, but I disagree, given how many questions remain unanswered.

Looking for a good book? Mercury Rising by R.W.W. Greene is an exciting space opera but the plot points remain unresolved at the close of the book, which is too bad. The writing itself would have me wanting to read the next volume, I didn't need an incomplete book to try to lure me to the next volume.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  stickerooni | Jun 2, 2023 |
Greene, R. W. W. Mercury Rising. Angry Robot, 2022.
For the first few pages of R. W. W. Greene’s Mercury Rising, you might think you are in a cheap remake of Starship Troopers. But then we find out that the scene is a media-generated fantasy. The story is an alternate history that posits an alien invasion and a much earlier entry into space. Kennedy was not shot and Robert Oppenheimer develops a workable nuclear rocket engine. The plot is more like Haldeman than Heinlein. Brooklyn Lamontagne is a poor boy who signs up for a hitch in the EOF, a space-based defense force. He wants to avoid a jail sentence and raise funds to pay his mother’s rent. And we are off and running to basic training and other adventures—all in 1977. 4 stars. ( )
  Tom-e | Feb 7, 2023 |
I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

This book takes place in an alternate universe version of the 1960's and 1970's, a world where Kennedy wasn't assassinated and where the space program continued to the point where the moon was colonized and first contact was made with extra-terrestrials. When the book starts, the earth is at war with an alien species, and the 'hero' gets out of prison by enlisting to join that fight. It's an interesting book, covering about thirty years in all, and it explores many of the different parts of this new world - training on Earth, missions on the moon, aboard ships, and with a human colony of POW's under the surface of Venus, to name a few. All in all, this is a good book. It's a fast read and the world building is fun. My only complaint would be that in covering so many things in one book, the reader doesn't really have time to explore all of them as thoroughly as might be desired. Still, a fun book, and worth reading. ( )
  Anniik | Nov 26, 2022 |
Real Rating: 4.75* of five (rounded down because the w-bombs! the w-bombs!)

The Publisher Says: Alternative history with aliens, an immortal misanthrope and SF tropes aplenty

Even in a technologically-advanced, Kennedy-Didn’t-Die alternate-history, Brooklyn Lamontagne is going nowhere fast. The year is 1975, thirty years after Robert Oppenheimer invented the Oppenheimer Nuclear Engine, twenty-five years after the first human walked on the moon, and eighteen years after Jet Carson and the Eagle Seven sacrificed their lives to stop the alien invaders.

Brooklyn just wants to keep his mother’s rent paid, earn a little scratch of his own, steer clear of the cops, and maybe get laid sometime in the near future. Simple pleasures, right? But a killer with a baseball bat and a mysterious box of 8-track tapes is about to make his life real complicated…

I PRACTICALLY HAD TO BEG THE AUTHOR FOR A DRC. I *THOUGHT* WE WERE FRIENDS. MY FEELINGS ARE STILL HURT.

My Review
: No, really. Mortally wounded that this wingèd not my way until I groveled. *sniff* (And seriously NO MORE W-BOMBS. Cut that crap out, dirty-old-man-in-training!) I was calmly enjoying the mental soundtrack, the 1970s jukebox that's permanently cued up in my head, when *wham* another revolting w-bomb.

But about that jukebox...would we, in fact, have the precise same pop-cultural artifacts in a world that didn't slow down its climb to the stars? The 1968 Cougar, well, okay, that was already on course from 1958. The planning window of a car in those days was five years...so the 1958s wouldn't've been much altered from our world, as I understand the timeline, which diverges first in the middle 1940s and so those cars can be explained. Pop culture spins on a nailhead. Elvis electrifying the country is one example, the Beatles knocking off his cool-cat cap is another, but both of those came in response to specific cultural stimuli. Wouldn't the world be more law-and-order oriented when the Oppenheimer Nuclear Drives are dangling before the lust-drenched gaze of every young testosterone factory? Can't get in one of those unless your nose is clean.

Which, of course, our PoV character (Brooklyn Lemontagne) flouts. But the reason he's able to flout that social control mechanism is simple: Invaders from Outer Space! The ultimate Golden Age of SF trope. This time they're Mercurians, the patent absurdity of whose existence gives even the Hero of the piece (who apparently dies early on) some pause. Can't argue with the presence of stonking hostile warships and evaporated cities, can you.

This takes place among Americans! Of course you can! The whole planet pulls together to combat the Enemy from Beyond...and there are ignorant goofballs talking conspiracy theories, there are hemi-hippies rebelling against the controlling hand of the grown-ups. This is the world, and honestly I agree with Author Greene's take on it. I quibble with some details, but I believe he's exactly correct that even an existential threat with ample death and destruction to demonstrate its reality won't create more than a façade of unity among the irredeemable mass of humanity. (Look around, tell me, and him, we're wrong.)

So I buy the premise. So I consent to set aside my niggling nuh-uh generator. I'm in for the ride.

There is more, should you wish to visit my blog to read all the progress notes. ( )
  richardderus | May 9, 2022 |
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Fiction. Science Fiction. Historical Fiction. HTML:Alternative history with aliens, an immortal misanthrope and SF tropes aplenty
 The year is 1975 ?? Robert Oppenheimer has invented the Atomic Engine, the first human has walked on the moon, and Jet Carson and the Eagle Seven have sacrificed their lives to stop alien invaders. 
Brooklyn, however, just wants to keep his head down, pay his mother??s rent, earn a little scratch of his own, and maybe get laid sometime. Simple pleasures! But life is about to get real complicated when a killer with a baseball bat and a mysterious box of 8-track tapes sets him up for murder. 
So, his choices are limited ?? rot away in prison or sign up to defend the planet from the assholes who dropped a meteorite on Cleveland. Brooklyn crosses his fingers and picks the Earth Orbital Forces, believing that after a few years in the trenches ?? assuming he survives ?? he can get his life back. Unfortunately, the universe has other plans. 
Brooklyn is launched into a quest to save humanity, find his true family, and grow as a person ?? while simultaneously coping with high-stakes space battles, mystery science experiments and the realisation that the true enemies perhaps aren??t the tentacled monsters on the recruitment poster? Or are they? 
File Under: Science Fiction [ Little Green Men | Injection | Below the Crust | T

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