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5.0 out of 5 stars Liquid Cool is totally cool, September 10, 2016
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This review is from: Liquid Cool: The Cyberpunk Detective Series (Liquid Cool Book 1) (Paperback)
Liquid Cool is totally cool. In a bleak, futuristic world where humanity is split between the good and the bad, the haves and have-nots, Cruz is trying to carve out a place for himself as a private detective. In typical anti-hero style, he is living on the fringe, waiting to get his license to prove to his future in-laws he's a worthy son in law for their daughter Dot. Big business and big crime rule this place leaving the population wrapped in an insular world where they isolate themselves with headphones and other devices. Dragon's world building is stylistic, he captures the rhythm of the people and the streets, the book is fill with wit and humor. His descriptions reminded me of Total Recall, with a dash of Minority Report and a sprinkling of film noir as well as seventies television detectives thrown in for good measure. Was it cliched? Yep and that was part of the fun. Filled with humor and testosterone driven excitement, Liquid Cool was pure fun and a great way to spend the... Read more

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty amazing in its way, May 27, 2017
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This is the most bizarre book I ever read--and I've read a million. I kept trying to figure out if it was tongue-in-cheek, written by an aging spinster who watches too much TV, or a group effort at a mental institution. The world-building (closest term I can think of) is ridiculous. It's apparently a New York of the future and it constantly rains. No explanation for why it constantly rains and adds absolutely zero to the plot--such as it is. It's a mish-mash of current slang and feeble attempts to sound futuristic. "Portable computers" for the love of God. And rolodex references. The dialog is so imbecilic and simplistic it defies--pretty much anything. And everybody wears sun glasses (not unlike Seattle). All that aside, it's one of those train wrecks you keep on reading just to assure yourself that you're not hallucinating. And it goes on and on and on with one absurd situation after another. But, and it's a big one, the writing is really quite good, grammar-wise... Read more

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Stew That Is Part SciFi, Part Detective, and Part Humor, April 30, 2017
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It is hard to combine two genres into one novel. It is even harder to combine three. Part of the trick, in my view, is to know when to back off on each single genre so that the combination, while less than full in any one genre, is a good combination. Austin Dragon uses that trick. His science fiction is good, but incomplete, the amount of detection by his detective is less than in a full-blown detective novel, and his humor comes and goes more frequently than in a full-blown humor novel. So this novel would get about three stars in each genre alone, but the combination well deserves five -- if those reading it are willing to let go of the parts he leaves out. I actually remained skeptical through the first chapter or so, precisely because the novel was skipping elements required to make it complete in any one of its three genres. But after a few chapters, I got into the spirit of what the author was doing and enjoyed a delicious stew of the parts of each genre he chose to include. I... Read more

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