Thursday, September 24, 2015

Gestapo Mars - Victor Gischler

Gestapo Mars
Victor Gischler
Titan Books, Sep 22 2015, $14.95
ISBN: 9781783297351

His first action after being awakened from a two and half plus century stasis sleep is to puke on the shoes of the whining cry-lab nerd.  The other geek Glitter Tie begins to explain to Carter Sloan why he was awakened when they have contemporary superior operatives, but they are easily outed by all their implanted gizmos.  An explosion interrupts them; followed by GT committing suicide.  The jackbooted thugs enter the briefing room led by a frustrated captain who shoots three slugs into GT’s corpse before telling Mr. Sloan they came to rescue him from rebels. 

Tricking the rebels on Europa with a false success, Empire Internal Security Agent Armand escorts Sloan to their headquarters on Mars after the revived twentieth century man learns earthlings nuked the home planet into oblivion.  Sloan’s mission is to infiltrate the enemy by pretending to be a rebel asset so that he can assassinate the Brass Dragon’s daughter.

Over the top of Olympus Mons, Gestapo Mars is a gory science fiction that provides a macabrely absorbing satirical future.  While readers follow the bellicose bloody and sensationally sexual exploits of Sloan, his Nazis handlers are extrapolated caricatures of the 1940s variety (kept expecting them to dance to and sing “Springtime for Hitler” from the Producers).  Once again Victor Gischler authors an outrageously entertaining saga with an intriguing final spin.

Harriet Klausner

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