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Solo Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 1993


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Berkley Pub Group (Mm); Reprint edition (July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425137481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425137482
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 555,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lark TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Jan 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is essentially an action novel, the second in a series but very readable as a stand alone story, which features a self-aware rogue robot who has already survived one attempt by its one time controllers in the US government to destroy it and will risk further attempts.

The book is very well researched and features a lot of infomration technology, particularly communications technology, from before the civilian internet's development but after the stage of technical development featured in Mason's first novel, Weapon. It is all presented in a fashion which is readable and understandable to the general reader and actually is quite compelling.

Mason has a talent for writing a page turner and that is for sure, there are the technical or sci fi elements but also, what I suppose can be described as the humanistic aspects, Solo's affinity for mankind, his considerations that downloading movies from networks will provide him with a crash course in human nature. Solo's super human capacities are on show again, he could easily be the sort of tyrannical force which his controllers fear, this time not simply through his physical capacities as a super soldier but this time as a hacker.

I was a fan of the original, as I stated, and I believe anyone who liked the original would be a fan of this book too. Although I would recommend this book to anyone as a stand alone novel, especially if you like sci fi.
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Weapon & Solo is one of the best 2-book Sci-Fi series ever. 20 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Robert Mason's 2-book series, "Weapon" and "Solo" is one of the best 2-book Sci-Fi series ever written. The author is aware of his technology and human nature. His striking archetypal images strike chords within the masculine heart and he reflects the zietgiest of the eighties, flawlessly. The movie version was an insult to the subtlety of his work. I've looked forward for years for the next Robert-Mason book and would love to contact the author or a fan club.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Even more enjoyable than WEAPON 18 May 2006
By Raegan Butcher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After I read WEAPON (twice) I was sad to put it down because I enjoyed the character of SOLO so much. When I discovered that Robert Mason had written a sequel I was delighted and I quickly snapped it up and devoured it. This is a fantastic continuation of the plotlines and themes of the first novel. It is awesome to see SOLO again! Bravo! And let's have another SOLO adventure, soon!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Hi-tech thriller it won't let you go when you pick it up! 18 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Solo, a robot designed to kill, goes AWOL on his mission in Nicguaga, and finds himself at the bottom of a lake . When Solo reaches the surface and he relizes that he needs to recharge. Solo makes it to New York and makes friends along the way. Laura,a widowed bag lady, quickly becomes his friend using Solo not only as a friend but as protection. Solo is trying to rescue his young "brother" nimrod, a robot like Solo except stonger and newer. People like Admiral Finch and other officers want to have Solo killed or terminated but not if Solo can help it. This book is full of thrills ans spills. I highly recommend this book, i don't read alot, maybe the bible everyonce in a while, and this book caught my eye. I really recommend this book it latches on and does let go.
Excellent ftction in it's genre 19 Nov 2013
By Kenneth E. Parrish - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I've read three Robert Mason books. The 2 fiction books about the robot Solo; both well written,plausible and believeable
Science Fiction.Featuring inventions,situations and govermental impropriorties;some that have since been developed,ocurred, and continually exposed as technolgy makes secrets harder to keep. Both Weapon & Solo are good
escapiest fiction,fascinating, and easy to read. The third book, about the author's autobiographical experiences pre,during and post Vietnam, I personally thought OK but I didn't find as intresting as his fiction.

As far as my order experience, the books came sooner than promised, and both were in excellent shape. Ken P
A worthy sequel, with an ambiguous end 6 Nov 2012
By NewDiane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've loved the two-book series, "Weapon" and "Solo", and have read them many times over the years. Our technology has come a long way since Solo, a robot with highly advanced AI, went AWOL because he refused to kill on command. Readers who are very tech-savvy may find some of the details of these books quaint or retro, but all readers should enjoy the thrills of this chase, the gentle touches of humor, and the deeper questions involved. Solo has a new mission: to rescue his brother robot, who was created and trained under brutal conditions to become a psychotic killer. One of the fascinating questions is what will happen between this Cain-and-Abel pair in the future, and what it will mean for humanity if the evil twin comes out the winner. I heard that the author was working on a third book in the series, but it has been nearly two decades and I don't have high hopes that I'll ever see it. Still, the questions remain. What good can AI do for us, and how can that talent be perverted by short-sighted or self-serving humans? This is a terrific book, but I'm not sure I'd consider it a stand-alone. Try to read "Weapon" first to get the full backstory and appreciate where Solo came from and how he's grown. Then read "Solo" to see where he's going - you'll become a devoted fan of this quirky robot.
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