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5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly clever, imaginative, and loads of fun
Forget everything you know about dinosaurs. Not only did they not become extinct 65 million years ago, they currently make up about 5% of the "human" population. Rather than stomp all of us humans out of existence eons ago, they decided just to live in our world secretly, donning complex human guises and protecting their continued existence exceedingly carefully. You'd be...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Crime Noir with Added Bite!
Vincent Rubio is pretty much your average PI. He has a dead partner and an increasingly worse substance abuse problem. One major difference is that he happens to be a dinosaur in disguise.
In a world where the dinosaurs did not die out but decided to hide and integrate themselves into the human world Rubio must uncover a mystery that starts with a fire but ends up...
Published on 30 Jan. 2006 by Sam Tyler


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5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly clever, imaginative, and loads of fun, 5 Aug. 2005
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This review is from: Anonymous Rex (Paperback)
Forget everything you know about dinosaurs. Not only did they not become extinct 65 million years ago, they currently make up about 5% of the "human" population. Rather than stomp all of us humans out of existence eons ago, they decided just to live in our world secretly, donning complex human guises and protecting their continued existence exceedingly carefully. You'd be amazed at just how many celebrities and power brokers are actually dinosaurs in disguise. All they want is to keep their secret, find the time and opportunity to really be themselves every now and again, and maybe get a good buzz on with basil or certain other herbs if and when the urge strikes. They live by two golden rules: never let a human learn their secret (and kill any who do) and never, ever, ever engage in interspecies relations with a human.
With Anonymous Rex, author Eric Garcia first brought this strange new world to life, garnering critical acclaim and a cult following for his efforts. He is a brilliantly wicked author, packing loads of comedy into noir-ish tales of dinosaur private investigator Vincent Rubio. Poor Vince has had a rough nine months. It all started when his partner Ernie was run over by a taxi in New York; Vince went a little nuts after that, broke a lot of rules and at least one nose during his investigation of the accident, and got himself declared dinosaur non grata in both New York and back home in Los Angeles. He is in an emotional and financial tailspin now, nursing a major basil addiction and basically trying to find a reason to keep on keeping on. With little left to his name, he finally gets a case thrown his way, an insurance job investigating a fire at a local dino club. As luck would have it, the club owner had important contacts in New York, and before you can say Velociraptor, Vince is back in the Big Apple conducting interviews for a case that may well have some relation to his old partner's death.
This thing gets pretty involved, as a simple case of possible arson soon leads Vince into a conspiracy of dinosaur-sized proportions involving human-dinosaur genetic experimentation (not to mention human-dinosaur relations of a much more personal nature). That is a serious no-no in the Dinosaur Council's notebooks. Slowly but surely, Vince starts assembling the pieces of the puzzle, but progress doesn't come without setbacks - a couple of attempts on his life, some inconvenient deaths of informants and friends, a serious lack of funds, and even a dangerous relationship with a singularly appealing human female. Danger is Vince's middle name, however, and in time he breaks out of his emotional funk, manages to stay away from basil long enough to clear his head, and relentlessly pursues a solution to a surprisingly complex mystery.
The book is written in first person, in the classic style of ye olde detective mysteries from the golden age of Dashiell Hammett and Sam Spade. And make no mistake - aside from the unique dinosaur angle and the constant showcase of sarcastic wit and genuinely funny writing, Garcia knows how to construct and tell a good mystery. Anonymous Rex is a thoroughly engaging read from start to finish. There's an edge to this story, a fair share of surprises along the way, and all sorts of social commentary you can read into things or simply ignore. If you've been yearning for something different, Vincent Rubio, P.I., is on the case, and the game's afoot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A strange idea beautifully pulled off!, 20 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Anonymous Rex (Paperback)
The concept for this book is far fetched to say the least. Dinosaurs did not become extinct but disguised themselves as humans and now live amongst us. We follow one particular dino-man called Vincent Rubio who is a Private Detective. This book is basically a crime thriller. It is fantastically written, with wit and humour and utterly believable. It is unlike any novel out there and if you have an open mind this will be an incredibly enjoyable read. As well as the outlandish premise for the book, the actual story is excellently plotted out before you with lots of twists and real pace. Buy it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant new twist on the intelligent dinosaur theme, 21 Dec. 2001
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This review is from: Anonymous Rex (Paperback)
Anonymous Rex starts off almost like a typical 'american cop' thriller. However the reader is soon made aware that this is no ordinary cop, but an intelligent dino in disguise! The background theory is that dinos did not completely perish in the meteor strike 65 million years ago. Sixteen species survived, but gradually reduced to human size and evolved intelligence. With the evolution of humankind 3 million years ago, there was a need to diguise themselves if the two species were to live in harmony (a veiled barb at man's xenophobia). Otherwise this tale is fairly conventiontional 'who dunnit' formula with a series of murders, some very clever (and unexpected) twists, and a surprising climax. What makes this different is of course the dinos in disguise and the 'what if' factor. The author has researched well his background Jurassic material and scientific theories which adds to the beleivability of this 'alien among us' theme. To say more would give the plot away - happy reading, I am away to order the sequel 'Casual Rex'
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3.0 out of 5 stars Crime Noir with Added Bite!, 30 Jan. 2006
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This review is from: Anonymous Rex (Mass Market Paperback)
Vincent Rubio is pretty much your average PI. He has a dead partner and an increasingly worse substance abuse problem. One major difference is that he happens to be a dinosaur in disguise.
In a world where the dinosaurs did not die out but decided to hide and integrate themselves into the human world Rubio must uncover a mystery that starts with a fire but ends up with him trying once more to solve the mystery of his partners death.
Garcia has created a great world that is normal enough for crime fans to enjoy but has an added dinosaur element that means the story can go in any direction. This first book in the series is good but suffers from a reliance on the quirky nature of the characters and just plays the crime story too straight to be of great interest.
I am looking forward to the direction this series will take and I encourage people who like crime noir or light science fiction to give this a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb debut...basil-tastic!, 30 May 2000
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This review is from: Anonymous Rex (Paperback)
This book stands out from the crowd as a must-buy read, and trust me, you wont be disappointed!
This tale of dino-human corruption twists and turns, then twists back again leaving you every 5 minutes thinking...'now she did do that, or was it him?'.
It took me a couple of pages to get used to the prsent tense but after that, I went on to thoroughly enjoy this book..can't wait to get 'Casual Rex'
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5.0 out of 5 stars So good I repeatedly missed my train stop, 5 July 2000
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This review is from: Anonymous Rex (Paperback)
When you here someone being referred to as an old dinosaur, it's because they probably are, according to this book at least.
This book is so enthralling, contains so many twists and turns that every time I started reading it on the train, I'd miss my stop.
Oh, and it's drop-dead funny too.
Can't wait for Casual Rex
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