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Crash Deluxe: Parrish Plessis Book Three: A Parrish Plessis Novel Paperback – 2 Jun 2005

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (2 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841492582
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841492582
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,411,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marianne de Pierres is the author of the award-winning Sentients of Orion science fiction series. Her Parrish Plessis series has been translated into nine languages and adapted into a Role Playing Game. She is also the author of the award-winning humorous Tara Sharp crime series, written under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt. Her teen series, Night Creatures, has been met with rave reviews. Visit her websites at and

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A kick-ass girl surviving in an ultra-violent world run by the media... This is a character driven series that should gather a strong following in much the same way as Anita Blake (THE BOOKSELLER)

A compelling mix of MAD MAX and James Cameron's DARK ANGEL (THE AGE)

A fevered romp full of colourful characters (BSFA VECTOR)

Excellent crime noir (THE GUARDIAN)

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The third adrenaline-rush Parrish Plessis adventure set in an ultra-violent future world controlled by the media.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
This, though wrapping up some of the loose ends from the previous two books, does leave you feeling like not as much effort went into this third installment. The plot was confusing, and I found myself wondering on more than one occasion just what was going on. The ending was less than satisfactory, compared to the previous two books, and according to the notes at the end, this series is now 'complete'. By the end I found myself hardly caring what happened to the characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Murphy on 25 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
I consider myself really lucky to be one of the first people in Australia to read Crash Deluxe. An avid fan of the first two books, I was really looking forward to this book and I wasn't disappointed. Parrish continues to wrestle the flow to suit her rather than go with it, and is faced with more challenges and decisions than anyone should have to deal with.
This story flowed faster than the previous two, went more heavily into typically science fiction areas and yet continued to show up the frailty of the human condition. In this case, we finally get a good glimpse at the civilisation of Vivacity and find that while it might be the more preferred way of living, the people of the Tert are the ones I'd prefer to live with, being more human and honest. My only quibble was the end: I like really clean cut endings, so found the ambiguity of this ending a little difficult to take, although knowing it was done on purpose makes it easier to swallow.
De Pierres has a great writing style: a fantastic mix of action, dialogue and description. She also creates great characters, people that are real, flawed, interesting, Parrish being the best of the bunch. Even characters that only appear for a few paragraphs or a chapter or two come across as being real, something that a lot of authors fail to do. Even though some quite heavy science comes into this book, De Pierres has a knack of explaining it without stopping the flow of the action.
So all in all, I have to say that if you've read the first two books, you won't be at all disappointed in this and you'll see Parrish as you've never seen her before. If you haven't read the first two books, then what are you waiting for? Get out there!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Edwards on 1 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
I agree with the other reviewer, this is a very confusing book. In contrast with the earlier volumes it is quite poorly written. The main character - Parrish Plessis - started the series with a good, strongly written, definite character with a defined set of her own 'ethical' values, strange though they may have been. The whole persona was refreshingly different from the majority of the 'lead' female characters in many SF books.

By this volume all of that was gone. The story was confusing and woolly, with no real characterisation. All of Plessis' drive and ethics had gone out of the window leaving just a shallow insipid mish-mash with an ending that was non existent. There was no conclusion, not even an intriguing question to give you the impression that there might be some sort of future for the characters. It ended instead like a damp squib. I was left with the feeling that the author had got fed up, got it to the publishers at the earliest possible point, and moved on to something more interesting (such as watching paint dry).

My only thought at the last page was "So?". This was quickly followed by "What a waste of time and money". This was a pity because if the standard had been maintained, or even developed, from the first volume this could have been a classic series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Parrish goes undercover, literally,.... 30 Sept. 2005
By Ironwolfe - Published on
Format: Paperback
Parrish Plessis a self-styled warlord over Torley's, a section of the worst ghetto imaginable called the Tert, set in a dark, near-future Australia that is completely controlled by the Media Elite. When a media reporter kidnaps a feral child under Plessis' protection and leaves a trail of clues that set her on a trip to the sprawling upper-class metropolis of nearby Vivacity, Parrish decides to get the child back even if she has to take down the entire media structure to do it.

If that doesn't sound daunting enough, Parrish must do so while in disguise as a Amorato, a high-tech call girl solicited by the Media royalty for their pleasurable abilities.

Shw also has to contend with an Eskaalim parasite that is trying to take over her mind, body, and soul as it feeds off her adrenaline. An internal war which Parrish is losing as she maintains her cover as an Amorato, causes public mayhem and firefights, and still tries to worm her way into the Media upper crust to save the feral child and maybe all of Vivacity and the Tert as well.

When the Media dominate everything that the public sees and hears and the truth only matters if it's good for ratings, not even her allies believe Parrish can succeed. But when Parrish Plessis is involved the only thing you can count in is that anyone and everyone in her way is going to be sorry.

Crash Deluxe is the third in what will hopefully be a long series of Parrish Plessis adventures. While not essential and not for children, readers will get a lot more out the story if you pick up Nylon Angel and Code Noir first. If you haven't read any of the Parrish Plessis books, you're missing out on some of the best new cyberpunk available. Marianne De Pierres has a real talent for taking a dark gritty vision of the future and making it seem all too real. This series is a tightly written page-turner to lose sleep over. I did.
Parrish Plessis Book Three - Crash Deluxe 30 Oct. 2014
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A Great Read and a Really Good Series...
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Australian SF Reader 22 Sept. 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on
Format: Paperback
Violent escort media revolution attempt.

The final book of this Parrish Pleish series is just as good as the other, and very fast paced.

Parrish, in control of the local situation mostly, decides something has to be done about Viva City. Unfortunately for her, this involves going undercover as a high class call girl, something for which she is somewhat unsuited, you could say.

She has to get technological help, work out what to do about the parasite alien species, and try to bring down what may or may not be an AI that helps the three powerful media barons that run the place control information.

Not an easy task, and some of the usual suspects are to again be found.

Frenetic punctuated by occasional lust is how you could describe the tone.
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