Review: Patton’s Spaceship by John Barnes

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Publisher: Open Road
Publishing Date: July 2014
ISBN: 9781453262597
Genre: SciFi
Rating: 3.8/5

Publisher Description: Mark Strang became a bodyguard and private investigator when terrorists killed his family; now he spends his days protecting Pittsburgh’s helpless and abused. But while on a mission to save the life of a ten-year-old girl, Strang is inexplicably cast into an alternate reality, transported to a different time on another Earth, where America was defeated in the Second World War and now suffers under the brutal yoke of Nazi oppression.

Review: Really weak cover art.

This was a lot of fun to read. The characters were interesting. Strang is fairly one dimensional, but needs to be in order to purvey a multiple universe jumping bad ass.

There were some fall downs in this novel. So in his new universe where they can replace/regrow eyes and hamburgered limbs with nano-bots, why hasn’t Strang brought that technology to his sister that lost her legs and one arm in a bombing by the “Closers”?. At the beginning it is made evident that Strang is not a shooter and/or is new to it. And I quote “I’d never fired a shot at anything but a paper target…since I was a kid”. Then about a third of the way through he states that he has won “contests” with the 1911 pistol. In one scene at “ten or more deaths” of the bad guys there is no reloading or mention of extra magazines. Since the 1911 pistol holds 7+1 rounds of ammo there is no way, other than having extended magazines, to take out 10 or more bad guys without reloading.

The premise of traveling to multiple parallel universes has a big appeal to readers. The author does a great job of constructing plausible scenarios in other timelines while creating engaging characters to inhabit them. I am looking forward to this series as long as the old love interest shtick doesn’t raise it’s ugly head. The hero and his stolen love never plays well as it relegates the story-line process to a diminutive. This story, if it keeps creatively expanding, could be a very solid series.

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