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Preview — One Jump Ahead by Mark L. Van Name
One Jump Ahead (Jon & Lobo #1)
As far as Science Fiction adventures are concerned, One Jump Ahead has one or two tricks up its sleev ...more
It's classic sci-fi adventure with a "lone wolf" protagonist successfully bucking the system using his wits and technological tricks. One of the great problems with these kinds of stories is explaining why the methods of the hero haven't been dealt with.
For example, (possible spoiler here, but it occurs in the f ...more
This was an accidental re-read. I originally read this before I discovered Goodreads and planned to read the sequels, but never remembered to look for them. Knowing when the next book in a series I ...more
The story basically introduces two partners. One is Jon Moore, former soldier--enhanced with non technology which gives him special abilities. The other "partner" is Lobo--a sentient AI (artificial intelligence)who is installed in the controls of a Predator-Class Assault vehicle.
Basically, it is a military SF tale with Jon and Lobo Vs. the villains.
Yes, there have been similar tales but this i ...more
He's got a tragic past. He's an action hero. He saves the girl right off. He makes a new best friend. And I have no idea ...more
'One Jump Ahead’ is the where not only where we meet Jon Moore and Lobo, but they meet each other. Jon Moore has a colourful and distinctive past as a mercenary soldier and private courier. But before that time he was a test subject in a secret nano-techn ...more
However, I enjoyed it just fine. Fast-paced, SF action adventure that for the most part was a fun read. I loved Lobo. And the talkin ...more
During the ongoing adventure he meets an old friend from his mercenary days, has to work with SAW - the organization he worked for before Aggro - and botches a kidnapping ...more
I liked that Moore keeps thinking he wants to avoid killing ...more
For year now, I have lamented about the lack of SPACE OPERA.. i.e. real Science Fiction stuff... Once in awhile I discover someone like Timothy Zahn or Elizabeth Moon is still writing old fashioned Science Fiction with new fangled ideas...
One Jump Ahead is aptly named, because it appears to be one jump ahead from most of the Science Fiction out there. We are introduced to Jon and his attack vehicle (Lobo)-- but there appears to be a lot of backstory for Jon that we simply see hinted at...
Jon i ...more
That far in the future almost any electronics device would have an AI, including washing machines, beverage dispenser etc, that I could perhaps live with. That a human, in this case Jon, who was nano-machine enhanced could communicate with them, well okay…maybe. That these machines all had a perso ...more
Take one jaded, burn-out mercenary. Jon Moore. Give him an AI-enhanced Predator-Class Assault Vehicle. Lobo. One desparate to live a quiet life, in an out of the way spot. The other itching to leave the quiet, out of the way spot and get back into action. Mix in some corporations eager to gain an edge and some corporate officials willing to lie and cheat to gain an edge. The end result is an angry mercenary with a lot of weaponry and a burning desire to both gain revenge and set things right.
I never really clicked with ...more
That was a mistake. Van Name puts together a pretty good tale of a hero who is by choice and circumstances, forced to be a loner. He comes into the posession of a powerful piece of self-aware military equipment. There's enough action to go ...more
If you feel the need to classify things I would call this space opera. I'm ok with that. I don't need to grasp nanotechnology at a textbook level to enjoy and finish the story, but all the technological wonders serve to move the story along.
The most important things I can say for this book ...more
While One Jump Ahead wasn't the worst book I've ever picked up, it certainly finishes in the top 10 most boring. It's not bad, just bland.
I think Van Name was trying to create a troubled hero, a dark-but-still-noble hero in Moore. Van Name failed. Moore isn't dark and brooding, he's just boring.
The pacing was slow, mostly because Van Name kept digressing into backstory (not wo ...more