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The Blue-Haired Bombshell, by John Zakour Book Review | SFReader.com
The BlueHaired Bombshell, by John Zakour Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: DAW Published: 2009 Review Posted: 6/19/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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The BlueHaired Bombshell, by John Zakour
Book Review by Joshua Palmatier
Have you read this book?
The Blue-Haired Bombshell is the fifth book in the Zachary Nixon Johnson
series from John Zakour. I really like the main character in this
series, and I like the humorous and over-the-top riff on detective noir
fiction with all of the SF elements mixed in.
In this book, we get to see the relationship between the Earth and the
Moon in this SF future, and it isn't good. Most of the book revolves
around the fact that the Moon would like independence from the Earth,
for various reasons, not the least of which is that the Earth uses the
Moon as a dumping ground for its toxic waste. Zachary Nixon Johnson
gets caught up in the all of the political mess when three of the
members of the World Council are killed days before the vote on
independence is to be made. One of those killed is someone Zach knew
well (even though he despised her). So he's off to find out who killed
her . . . and he isn't getting paid for this one.
In addition to the loveable HARV, the computer implant that's attached
to Zach's brain, we're also introduced to a new intelligent gun called
GUS. HARV and GUS don't quite get along, but I did like the new
character and the conflicts it brings into the story. I also liked the plot line as a whole.
However, this book wasn't as polished writing-wise as the previous one,
and I thought the plot was a little rocky in the first half of the book.
I like the fact that we aren't thrown into the middle of the hiring of
Zach in the first chapter or two, as in the first three novels (that
always seemed a little too abrupt to me), but this one might have taken
too long in the set-up. And I was also disappointed that the author
didn't do more with HARV in this novel. In the previous one, we end
with HARV actually making the decision himself to kill someone.
was a little detail about how this affected him and Zach and their
relationship at the end of the book, but I was hoping that the
ramifications of that would be dealt with in more depth here and they
weren't. There's a fleeting mention that HARV has killed before in this
book, but that's it. In fact, the usual interplay between Zach and
HARV is missing from this novel, probably because of the interaction
they're having with GUS, but one of the reasons I like reading these is
because of the way in which Zach and HARV change during the course of
So not as good as the previous book in this series, but still an
enjoyable, fun read. I'll definitely continue reading the series.
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