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4.0 out of 5 stars A Brave Red Frontier, 21 Mar 2001
By (Arlington, VA, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Mars - the Red Planet (Mass Market Paperback)
In the future, man makes it to Mars and the US and Soviet Union decide they need to have a new cold war on a new frontier. The whole thing is complicated by a "myterious find" in the outback of Mars which requires the investigation of a US Marshal, a Soviet cop, and a has-been newsman. Typical of Mick Farren, outlandish and wildly descriptive with a keen eye towards the more base side of human nature, and what encourages it. Like several of his books, it deals with the end of society as we know it, with a few special people fighting against the odds to claim their own humanity despite the general dissolution of the world around them. Also extremely fun to read, a combination spy thriller, murder mystery, western shoot'em up in space populated with a host of fascinating (and hard drinking) characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wild West on Mars is a fascinating concept., 27 May 2006
Alan Burridge (Poole,, Dorset. United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Mars - the Red Planet (Mass Market Paperback)
Contrary to the Product Details, the book has 315 pages, not 10! As ever, Mick Farren's characters are at the end of the line drunks, anti-heroes in fact, and this is the part of his charm I enjoy so much. In the same age group as the author, we had little to do other than play cowboys and indians as kids, and indeed had few other heroes on what little TV had on offer back then: The Lone Ranger, Tom Mix, John Wayne, and Hopalong Cassidy to name but a few, and Farren has taken the wild west to Mars for quite some adventure. One can quite imagine Farren writing this with a map of Mars pinned to the wall of his den, and if you care to check it out, his details are spot-on. But he has been writing these odd and quirky novels for years, and I have to admit I enjoy reading, (and re-reading), those that I have. In the abscence of it here on Amazon, I'll add in the back cover synopsis: When superstar TV journalist Lech Hammond heard rumours that the Martian Soviets had uncovered an alien artifact, he's shipped out to Mars to investigate. But the KGB had the discovery under wraps, and with a serial killer on the loose and wild men rampaging near their secret base, they had closed ranks tighter than ever. Hammond and his news crew were determined to break the story to the people of Earth. They never suspected that death stalked them and madness awaited them-or that, in a horrible way, the story had already been broken...

Mick Farren never fails to fascinate and enthrall!
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Mars - the Red Planet by Mick Farren (Mass Market Paperback - Feb 1990)
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