Mike Resnick's Oracle trilogy is about Penelope Bailey, a girl who can predict the future, and an assassin called the Iceman who is assigned to kill hMike Resnick's Oracle trilogy is about Penelope Bailey, a girl who can predict the future, and an assassin called the Iceman who is assigned to kill her. Mendoza, the Iceman, wrestles with ethical dilemmas associated with killing someone who could change the universe for the better or destroy it.
The Oracle trilogy isn't as good as the Widowmaker Trilogy or the two Santiago books but it's pretty good. Iceman's struggle is believeable and well written, as it is in the subsequent two books dealing with Penelope.
One thing I have to mention is that the other killers Mendoza mentions are all featured in other Resnick books. That's the thing that drew me into Resnick's universe in the first place. Every bit of history or figure mentioned is featured in another of his books. The killing of Conrad Bland, for instance, is the basis of an entire novel, as are all the revolutions mentioned. Resnick's universe is tightly bound together but you won't be lost if you don't know all the details of the events....more
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 NighI 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 creates a young Jefferson Nighthawk clone to earn money to keep him frozen. Unfortunately, the clone isn't exactly the most stable person, mostly due to the fact that while he retain's Nighthawk's skills, mentally, he's very immature.
This was the first of the original Widowmaker trilogy and pretty good, although the next two are better. Even though the clone is a jerk, you feel for him. The action is really good and by the end, you're hoping there's another jolt of inflation so they'll clone Nighthawk again, which they do...
Resnick's writing is never anything to shout about but is like a good bass player. He don't exactly notice he's there but the end result is enjoyable....more
This one picks up years after The Widowmaker left off. Once again, inflation makes it necessary to clone The Widowmaker. This time, the cloned JeffersThis one picks up years after The Widowmaker left off. Once again, inflation makes it necessary to clone The Widowmaker. This time, the cloned Jefferson Nighthawk has all of the Widowmaker's memories, making him quite a formidable bounty hunter. He gets involved in a revolution and the killing commences.
Like the first Widowmaker book, this one raises questions about identity. This iteration of Jefferson Nighthawk wonders about souls and things of that nature while he goes about his bloody business. The ending is much more open than the ending of the previous one, setting up Gathering of Widowmakers down the road....more
After a century in deep freeze, the original Jefferson Nighthawk is unthawed and cured of his disease. Unforunately, he's 60 years old and slowing dowAfter a century in deep freeze, the original Jefferson Nighthawk is unthawed and cured of his disease. Unforunately, he's 60 years old and slowing down and has lots of old enemies on his trail, along with up and comers wanting to make a name at his expense. Eventually, he concocts a plan to get them off his trail for good...
Widowmaker Unleashed is both the story of a man out of time and about an aging gunfighter wanting to escape his old life. It reminds me of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven with elements of Gran Turino. Old Man Nighthawk, despite being older and slower, seems like the deadliest of the three so far. The ending both makes the universe think he's dead and ensures the Nighthawk name and reputation will live on. It dovetails nicely into Gathering of Widowmakers....more
Jefferson Nighthaw, now cured of his disease, teams up with one of his surviving clones from the Widowmaker Trilogy to mentor Jeff Nighthawk, the younJefferson Nighthaw, now cured of his disease, teams up with one of his surviving clones from the Widowmaker Trilogy to mentor Jeff Nighthawk, the young Widowmaker clone created at the end of Widowmaker Unleashed.
This was a Resnick fan's dream and fortunately for Mike, it turned out pretty damn good. Even though it was about the Widowmaker and his clones, it was really a story about generations and learning from your elders. But with rayguns and a decent body count. ...more
Did you know Jesus only met one of the four conditions prophecied by Isaiah? Resnick takes that idea and runs with in.
In 2047, another descendent of tDid you know Jesus only met one of the four conditions prophecied by Isaiah? Resnick takes that idea and runs with in.
In 2047, another descendent of the house of David is born, this one meeting all four conditions. He's Jeremiah and he's a two-bit con man. What will happen when the word gets behind him?
I read this on the tail end of a sacrilegous kick a few years ago, right after Christopher Moore's Lamb and the whole of Garth Ennis's Preacher saga. It's an entertaining read. Resnick's writing is really breezy and the plot is well researched. It's easy to see why it was controversial when it was written....more