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The DNA Cowboys Trilogy: "The Quest of the DNA Cowboys", "Synaptic Manhunt", "The Neutral Atrocity" Paperback – Aug 2002

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  • Paperback: 567 pages
  • Publisher: The Do-Not Press; New edition edition (Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899344934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899344932
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 12.6 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,262,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Roy Matthews on 14 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
Mick Farren writes books that are dark, absorbing, a little crazy and always fresh.
I read a lot of fiction and often find that stories, characters and events have a 'been here before' feel. As an exaggerated example, imagine reading all of the Alistair Maclain or Douglas Reeman books back to back. They are always entertaining but seem to follow the same rules with predictable characters and endings.
Not so Mick Farren. Mick Farren's books don't follow any conventions at all. They are dark stories. The characters are generally selfish, have few morals and go places most of us couldn't imagine. The DNA Cowboys Trilogy is a perfect example.
The stories focus on three drifters moving from one warped and damaged community of the future to another. Nowhere is safe or friendly for very long. They escape from one twisted community to another living off their wits and curiosity with the goal of surviving and living life to the full.
Add to this a sadistic aristocratic villain and a Jedi like assassin following their own agenda and
you have one heck of an experience. The tales are violent, sexy, a little perverse and incredible. A bit like a modern Sinbad on acid meets Sam Pekinpah's Wild Bunch. Most important of all, the stories feel fresh. You never know what is going to happen next. This is total immersion alternative reality stuff that I think will appeal to adult readers who like original science fiction and fantasy or who are just looking for a new reading experience.
Mick Farren has been labelled the 'Dark Prince Of Science Fiction'. His books are unique and I think under appreciated. He navigates us through the origins of CyberPunk long before anybody else. Books like the DNA Cowboys Trilogy, The Last Stand Of The DNA Cowboys ( not included in this trilogy ), Exit Funtopia, Necrom, The Song Of Phaid The Gambler and Vickers are all highly recommended!
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By Alex De Large on 20 Sept. 2011
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A first class romp, three stories in one volume and Mick Farren's best (for me) writing. It's a case of spot the references and there are a few of them.

I recognised various old TV shows, characters from Rock bands and lots of exotic substances.

I sped through this and was disapointed when I came to the end, I rate Mick Farren highly this led me to track down his other books.

Written apparently on a diet of high quality hash this is highly recommended if you like books about SCI FI, Westerns, Sex and Psychedelic drugs. I can't think of anything quite like it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Black VINE VOICE on 9 April 2010
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I first read the DNA Cowboy books years ago and had never forgotten them.

Now I find them in print again and living in a world so like the virtual reality game 'Second Life' that it's scary.

Buy it, read it, enjoy it.
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A delicious, delirious psychadelic Sci-Fi 25 Sept. 2003
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This is the original trilogy by Mick published in the fabulous 70's of which "The Last Stand of the DNA Cowboys" is the fourth and most modern addition (pub. 1989), This trilogy has been heralded as the 'lost' classic of adventure/pulp sci-fi novels. A long, rambling entertaining tale of the picaresque misadventures of the 'DNA cowboys' (is the Minstrel not Mick's semi-biographical persona?), this is a literary LSD head-trip thru Mick's unique, hallucinatory fantasy-scape of kung-fu movies, sphaghetti westerns, high-tech magnificence and dazed drugged decadence. In short, a deliciously addictive mixture of 70's Americana pop culture. The original trilogy in paperback is now very very rare and fanatically sought after by Farren fans as a collectible. A rewarding and highly amusing read, and for those Farren fans who never saw the original paperbacks, a must-BUY! Mick's the King, man, and you better BELIEVE IT!! Or find out for yourself and buy this book. MICK!! MICK!! MICK!! You der man, maaaan!! B-) Visit his webpage
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