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Posted August 28, 2006
After being blown away by Russo's last book (Ship of Fools), I was expecting quite a lot from this one. Although not bad, it failed to deliver in a lot of ways. I'll elucidate: The plot has a faint shadow of Jack Vance's 'Planet of Adventure', in that the main character arrives on a strange planet and wanders its surface discovering its denizens and their idiosyncrasies. Now Vance has the unique ability to conjure up an entire planet by the use of three apposite adjectives - however, Russo falls somewhat short. Vancian touches are apparent (for example animals and plants are named, but only vaguely-described), but this effort falls a little flat. By using the 'happy wanderer' theme, the book also fails to play to Russo's literary strength - namely his remarkable and rare ability to write credible sci-fi characters. The book also lags at the end (as do many of Vance's books), with a rather humdrum Deus ex Machina ending, more reminiscent of The Day the Earth Stood Still than contemporary sci-fi. All in all: not bad, but I'd like to see more character development and motive from this remarkable author's future work.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
The Exile Prince heads to Conrad¿s World with a filled hold and special passengers. A few hours before landing, three combat fighters attack the vessel. His father sends five year old Cale Alexandros accompanied by his nanny Sidonie in the Kestrel to the nearby planet with instructions to get to the only civilized spot Morningstar. However, the duo crash on Conrad¿s World. Nomads find them and rape Sidonie and leave her to die. They turn Cale into a slave. --- A decade passes when Blackburn the trader enables Cale to escape with him to Morningstar where he meets Sidonie, who survived her desert ordeal. She takes him home to his wealthy family. However, Cale believes that Morningstar is built on top of an alien culture and has found an ancient tome with weird metallic pages containing strange writings that he found in the desert. His family and Sidonie want him to stay home and cannot understand why Cale is obsessed with locating and entering the alien gate that his reference mentions unaware that friends are enemies planning to use him. --- THE ROSETTA CODEX is a very complex science fiction thriller from start to finish. Readers will enjoy journeying with Cale whose captivity along with the book he found shape his existence though that upsets his family. The story line is action-packed and the support cast is established to enhance the plot. However, this fine alien planet thriller belongs to Cale, whose enslavement has made him so different from his family that they cannot comprehend his need to return to the place of horrors and believe he is a fool to want to ship out again. Richard Paul Russo provides a strong character-driven outer space adventure. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 29, 2009
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