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The Widowmaker (The Widowmaker #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  463 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
The most celebrated bounty hunter in the galaxy is frozen in DeepSleep awaiting the medical breakthrough that will cure him of a fatal disease. When the cost of cryogenic stasis threatens to exceed his account balance, a clone of the infamous assassin is sent on a job that will deliver the cash required to keep the original alive. This is the first adventure of Jefferson N ...more
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published (first published August 1996)
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Dan Schwent
Feb 07, 2008 Dan Schwent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, resnick
I read this while waiting for the last three Dark Tower books to come out. Jefferson Nighthawk proved to be a good Gunslinger surrogate.

Jefferson Nighthawk is arguably the deadliest gunfighter in the galaxy. One day, he finds out he has an incurable disease and has himself cryogenically frozen until a cure is found, paying for it with all the money he earned bounty hunting. Unfortunately, inflation hits and Nighthawk's money starts running low. The facility he's housed in makes him a deal and cr
Apr 23, 2009 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After all the good reviews, I was disappointed. It was candy, but not particularly good candy. The writing wasn't all that good & the story line was full of holes. The hero was too good - almost magical. The suspension of belief asked from me was too great. The universe revolved around our hero. The ending, was the best part, but not enough to make up for the rest. I doubt I'll bother reading another by this author, certainly not in this trilogy.
Jun 11, 2014 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was the shit. Anyway.... The dialogue was fantastic! I liked it how I read pretty much every word, actually paying attention to pretty much everything in the conversations, the fight scenes, and the characters. Usually at certain parts of a book you kinda lose interest in certain parts, but I was pretty happy with everything. The ending was unexpected, the storytelling smooth and the story, wow the story! The Story was amazing how it went and was different from some other types of scie ...more
Comme d’habitude, on se balade ici sur les mondes de la frontière, une espèce de far-west de pacotille aux franges de l’expansion humaine dans la galaxie, où on envoie le clone du plus grand tueur à gages abattre une espèce de patron mafieux. Il y a de l’action, des meurtres, de la passion et pas mal de carnage. En bref, on est en terrain connu, puisque presque tous les romans de Resnick se situent sur cette frontière qui, comme je l’ai dit, n’est rien d’autre qu’un far-west transposé. On a donc ...more
Aug 31, 2015 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
at first I was surprised because of the writing style. It was very very dialog heavy, and that was different for me. however, the style kept the story extremely fast paced and quickly I found myself hooked and unable to put it down. Where this book shines is in its creative story setting, and its blending of the sci-fi and western genres. A legendary bounty hunter is frozen until his deadly disease can be cured, but his life savings begins to run out as a cure is neared. So the obviously solutio ...more
Ty Myrick
This book is a fantastic old-fashioned space adventure. For days afterwards, I kept remembering the tone and style of the book and how it harkened back to the golden age of science fiction. It is exactly the type of book I normally enjoy. But I just could not like this book because the protagonist is such an annoying character. I do want to read more books in this series, because the protagonist will not return in later books. It is sad that such an unlikable character can ruin the experience of ...more
Jeff Yoak
My first reaction reading The Widowmaker was that it felt like an Orson Scott Card novel from the Enderverse. Even upon realizing that it was the narrator, Stefan Rudnicki, that was making me feel that way, I still couldn't shake the feeling. It is amazing how much a good narrator can impact a story.

Much like my memory of the Wilson Cole novels, the characters are compelling, the pace is good and in general it is a decent sci-fi read.
Apr 30, 2015 Dantegideon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This reads like a moody, not particularly bright, teenage boy's idea of space opera. Hero who's the wickedest in the whole universe with guns! But he never asked to be born! God! No one understands him! He shoots stuff a lot! And there's a nudey alien bird... With blue tits! And he gets to see her tits! Then he shoots some more people! People who don't understand him! He never asked to be born!

Seriously, this is shit.
Jul 29, 2016 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Resnick's four volumes that feature Jefferson Nighthawk, the Widowmaker, are entertaining books set in his excellent future history series. They don't have quite the exciting quality of the first Santiago novel, but are fun page-turners. His ability to tell stories of larger-than-life future myth is unparalleled, and the way the plots progress and the characters develop is fascinating. They're very enjoyable science fiction.
Melissa Hollingsworth
The first Widowmaker book is not the best, IMO. But the Widowmaker books are best viewed as an ongoing saga, again IMO, so enjoy this one for what it is--which is plenty; Resnick always delivers a good story--and wait for the considerable payoff as the series develops.
Sep 24, 2014 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A fun romp, but alarmingly, distractingly misogynist. There is a single woman in the book, and she's the trope of the Double-Crossing Minx - beautiful and deadly, no interests of her own. Wonder why the author has so little faith in women. Pretty bad book, all told.
Brian Allen
Feb 20, 2016 Brian Allen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not like the ending. That said, I am still planning on reading the sequel and the third The Widowmaker Unleashed. Mike Resnick is a great science fiction author, this book just fizzled out in the end.
Jun 19, 2009 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A notorious bounty hunter, long stored in cryo-sleep awaiting a cure for his rare disease is called out of sleep to accept one more assignment - all to pay for his increasingly expensive maintenance. Mike Resnick once again spins a gritty, gripping tale of life on the frontier - S.F. style.
Jan 31, 2011 Marc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A speghetti western in space. A good one but a western nonetheless. Not for those looking for depth but definitely fun. Action packed snd entertaining.
Mar 26, 2007 Em rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
it's like a "western" set in space. entertaining and action-packed but not much substance. a light read.
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Michael "Mike" Diamond Resnick, better known by his published name Mike Resnick, is a popular and prolific American science fiction author. He is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He is the winner of five Hugos, a Nebula, and other major awards in the United States, France, Spain, Japan, Croatia and Poland. and has been short-listed ...more
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