Genre Science Fiction Publisher Phoenix Pixk Year Published 2009 Review Posted on 6/11/2013 Reviewer Rating
Blue Limbo A Mitch Helwig Book, by Terence M. Green
Reviewed by Paul Weiss
If you've read this book, why not
Blue Limbo is an exciting, blazing fast, high-tech noir-thriller
set in a near future Toronto. Mitch Helwig, a heroic cop with a poorly
established sense of his own mortality has just raided and destroyed a
criminal gang's warehouse dealing them a crippling financial blow. Not
content to deal solely with the police and Helwig, the gang is out for
revenge. They've kidnapped his aging father and they're attempting to
murder his best friend and his young daughter.
Helwig is portrayed as a vengeance-minded rogue cop armed with
futuristic weaponry like laser guns that can cut through flesh like a
hot wire through soft butter, water guns capable of delivering lethal
electrical shocks and infallible portable lie-detectors called "barking
dogs". But despite Helwig's brutal arsenal and his willingness to get
things done outside of any legal boundaries, BLUE LIMBO is not the
simplistic, derivative BLADE RUNNER or MAD MAX type of novel one might
be forgiven for expecting.
In fact, BLUE LIMBO is a compelling, character driven essay that
explores the meaning of friendship, love, family and parenting. The
dialog that Green puts into the mouths of Helwig, his aging father and
his beautiful but wise-beyond-her-years nine year old daughter is
positively beautiful, humorous, exquisitely heartwarming and quite
capable of moving a reader to tears.
Like his better known Canadian writing contemporary, Robert J Sawyer,
Terence M Green is also a writer who isn't afraid to use his novels to
explore deeper philosophical questions that are a natural outcome of the
world's scientific advancements. In this case, the title BLUE LIMBO
refers to a state of quasi-existence after death that the medical world
has found a way to tap into and communicate with a deceased person's
brain for a short period of time after what we have traditionally
labelled as death. BLUE LIMBO positions itself deeply in the soft side
of the sci-fi spectrum by leaving the technology unexplained, by simply
asserting its existence and choosing instead to explore the issues that
would arise were such technology available.
Blue Limbo is an exhilarating combination of physics, metaphysics
and the realities of life and love. My hope would be that this positive
review would help to deliver a few more readers. Goodness knows, BLUE
LIMBO deserves it. Highly recommended.