2021-09-23 19:24:00 UTC
"Thirteen" by Richard K. Morgan
A standalone science fiction book, no sequel or prequel that I know of.
I read the 544 page well printed and well bound trade paperback
published by Del Rey in 2008. The eight point font was a little small
for me but a larger font would have made the book huge, well over it's
current one pound weight on Earth.
The Solar System of 2195 is a radically different place from today.
There are over a million people living on Mars in several colonies.
There are regular spaceships traveling between Mars and Earth, mostly in
free fall with the humans in cryogenic sleep due to the average seven
month journey each way. The USA has split into three countries: New
England, The Rim States, and Jesusland.
You have to be tough to live on Mars. The surface air is almost
non-existent and poisonous. The people are tough, so the lawmen have to
be tougher. So, one of the governments on Mars created a genetically
enhanced man, the thirteens, to be the lawmen. The Earthers immediately
outlawed the "mutants" from coming back to Earth. So, of course, they
snuck back to Earth.
Carl Marsalis is a thirteen on Earth. He is a bounty hunter for the
COLIN (United Nations COLonial INitiative Authority). He hunts rogue
thirteens. And the UNGLA (United Nations Genetic Legislation Authority)
says that all people have rights to only share their genes when they
want to so there is no testing, officially.
The newest thirteen to sneak to Earth is a doozy. Instead of docking
the spaceship at the space station and coming down the nanostalk, he
crashed the spaceship in an ocean. Plus, there is no food on the
spaceships, only cryogenically sleeping humans. And the newest thirteen
was awake for the entire trip.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Amazon rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (502 reviews)