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“Kop was an impulse buy for me. A book, and moreover an author, which I'd never heard of, but a nicely done cover and a back cover that called out to my interests in sci-fi and noir. I'm not a fan of David Drake, but his blurb commenting that Hammond is the best since Hammett caught my eye. This...”see full review » see other reviews »
Decent sci-fi/crime novel. The ending really makes you wanna pick up the 2nd book right away to see what happens next.”
“Dark Side of Lagarto -
Kop reads like a modern-day chronicle of Earth—gritty realism, cynical truth—only set on the ghetto planet of Lagarto. A captivating crime noir driven by a derelict Kop vacillating between blind brutality and a deep desire to make a difference.
Kop is a refreshingly honest approach to Sci-Fi. I highly recommend it!
“Surprisingly good futuristic mystery.”Chad R wrote this review Tuesday, May 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Kop was an impulse buy for me. A book, and moreover an author, which I'd never heard of, but a nicely done cover and a back cover that called out to my interests in sci-fi and noir. I'm not a fan of David Drake, but his blurb commenting that Hammond is the best since Hammett caught my eye. This was perhaps the most damning strike against the book. Despite my lack of knowledge of Mr. Hammond's writing, I went in expecting something of roughly the same calibre as Dashiel Hammett, and found myself sorely disappointed. The writing is uneven at best. Hammond really seems to catch stride in the second half of the book, promising for a more compelling read once you've drudged through the first hundred pages of pretty awful prose. More than that though, the most troubling aspect about the book for me was the fact that the setting was an afterthought to the story, a story which could have a few elements swapped out for present day analogues and you'd have a (still) mediocre, non-sci-fi novel. The characters are wooden and formulaic, especially upon first presentation, but they do take on more charm and a little more depth in the latter parts of the novel.
I found, especially given the change in quality during the course of the book, no surprise in the fact that this was Hammond's first novel. That's a negative comment and a positive one, for if he can manage to continue to progress, he could turn out to be a suitably entertaining and readable author. ”
“I picked this up from a very sparsley populated bookstore in San Antonio airport on the way home from a business trip - it looked the best of a bad bunch.
Amazingly, I got hooked, and raced through the book on the flight home and a couple of nights after that.
No spoilers from me - but the book kept bringing Blade Runner to mind for me - very gritty, very "real". More of a detective / cop novel than a sci-fi novel, but it definitely satisfied my sci-fi urge at the time.”