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Slanted Jack (Jon & Lobo) (edició 2008)

de Mark L. Van Name (Autor)

Sèrie: Jon and Lobo (2)

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Mark L. Van Name's first book in the Jon and Lobo series demolished all the already high marketing projections. In Slanted Jack he's vaulting that stunning success with a novel that bobs and weaves, takes you on a headlong race through a strange but believable future, and never slows down. The job looks simple enough: Jon Moore, the nanotech-enhanced, world-weary, soldier of fortune, agrees to help a con man, a friend from a part of his past he'd rather forget, protect a very special young boy. The deal doesn't stay simple, as each move Jon and Lobo make results in more danger and more enemies. The situation grows even more complicated when a beautiful woman with an unclear agenda joins them in their quest. The best con man Jon's ever known, a ruthless gang boss, a heavily armed group of religious fanatics, and an interstellar government out to clean up a dangerous frontier world rush together toward an explosive climax -- and Jon and Lobo are caught in the middle. They're willing to do anything to save the life of the boy -- But there may not be anything even they can do! Slanted Jack: the second novel in the Jon & Lobo series.… (més)
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Títol:Slanted Jack (Jon & Lobo)
Autors:Mark L. Van Name (Autor)
Informació:Baen (2008), Edition: First Edition, 400 pages
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I must say that I felt a bit let down by this book. I found the first one much better in that Jon appeared much more professional and so did the people he associated with. This book revolves around a con-artist and Jon is just either conned or simply walks into one mess after another.

In the previous book the ex-colleague girl is cool. In this book the girl is just dumb and cannot be trusted even though some surprise revelations do come at the end. I also miss that neither Jon’s nano implants nor Lobo’s combat capabilities are really used to any greater degree. Both these elements where much more present in the previous book.

The book is not really bad but it simply didn’t give me as much enjoyment as the previous one.
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  perjonsson | Jun 10, 2019 |
My tablet decided to crash on me so I couldn't add stars, shelves or a review of this until I got to my desktop.
Technology.

And that is what this series seems to be about, and yet still be stultifying. I love the whole premise of Jon and Lobo. Meta-human and super warmachine team up to take on the universe.

Only, they don't. They hide, they skulk, they pout, they whine.

I enjoyed the read, but it was like going 55mph, while I was in a ferrari. It could have been so much more.

I think I am done with Mr. Van Name... ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I give this story high marks. I think I mentally rate it a tiny bit lower than the first one. The pacing might have been a little slower and the violence may be a little less. It is so rewarding to read a "action story" with very few deaths. I would consider this military fiction, but Jon tries extremely hard to keep deaths to a minimum. I appreciate the sentiment, and I think it is hard to accomplish in fiction and real life. But, as Jon says, "Just because you are able to do something, does not mean you should do it."

There are a raft of new characters in this story to interact with Jon and Lobo. Slanted Jack, Manu, Maggie, the group leader, black marketeer, EC bureaucrat and bodyguards. None of the characters visit from the first book except in mentions or by proxy. Again a child is at risk and needs to be rescued. In fact I am looking for a word for the plot device, because Manu is the fulcrum on which all the action of the book is moved, but he is not present in the flesh in most scenes of the book.

I enjoyed the ride of the action with minimal killing, can you say luge, A luge is a racing sled with the rider lying on their back. I admire the writing of Jon's experience with the device. As in the first book, machines can talk to jon and he can talk to them. Lobo is just as obnoxious as in the first book. His dialog bugged me at first, but then I realized I have real live friends who talk like that. Lobo is proud of his weapons and military hardware and wants to use it constantly. It is a constant theme that Jon has to continually reign in the violent tendencies of Lobo, I guess it is understandable, because Lobo is an inanimate flying combat carrier machine.

The book almost had romance in it. I would say it came as close to having romance, without having romance as you could in a story. There are cons going on, twists, deceptions on just about every page. I guess the theme of this book is that you can't trust anyone, not even the people who tell you they are using you in a con.

This leads to a discussion of plot predictability in genre fiction. This story followed the conventions of optimistic science fiction action stories. So many of the action resolutions and plot twists were predicable. I enjoyed how some of the storylines followed directions I expected. Some people who criticize predicable genre plot formulas forget there is a reason genre plot formulas are used. It is a delicate balance to give genre fans enough of predicable stories without going overboard with formula. I even think fans of a genre are willing to put up with more use of formula than non-fans. In this case the author used just enough genre formula for me.

This book is great for fans of military science fiction who can handle low levels of violence. ( )
  superant | Aug 23, 2013 |
Jon gets deeper and deeper into a situation with a con artist ex-friend.

A fun light read. ( )
  gregandlarry | Aug 15, 2009 |
From the cover art and the first-page excerpt I thought this would be a light action novel with a wry or tongue-in-cheek umm... slant. It turned out to be a standard (if well thought out) caper story with little humor and a lot of weapons/militaristic fetishism. Cardboard characters for the most part and some repetitive parts stating their motivations (instead of SHOWING them) detracted a little bit. The set-pieces were OK and the background interstellar travel infrastructure and society worked, but this isn't really much of a sci-fi novel - that's just the backdrop. ( )
  klh | Jun 3, 2009 |
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Mark L. Van Name's first book in the Jon and Lobo series demolished all the already high marketing projections. In Slanted Jack he's vaulting that stunning success with a novel that bobs and weaves, takes you on a headlong race through a strange but believable future, and never slows down. The job looks simple enough: Jon Moore, the nanotech-enhanced, world-weary, soldier of fortune, agrees to help a con man, a friend from a part of his past he'd rather forget, protect a very special young boy. The deal doesn't stay simple, as each move Jon and Lobo make results in more danger and more enemies. The situation grows even more complicated when a beautiful woman with an unclear agenda joins them in their quest. The best con man Jon's ever known, a ruthless gang boss, a heavily armed group of religious fanatics, and an interstellar government out to clean up a dangerous frontier world rush together toward an explosive climax -- and Jon and Lobo are caught in the middle. They're willing to do anything to save the life of the boy -- But there may not be anything even they can do! Slanted Jack: the second novel in the Jon & Lobo series.

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