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Unexpected Rain

(Dome Trilogy #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  100 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
In a domed city on a planet orbiting Barnard's Star, a recently hired maintenance man has just committed murder.

Minutes later, the airlocks on the neighbourhood block are opened and the murderer is asphyxiated along with thirty-one innocent residents.

Jax, the lowly dome operator on duty at the time, is accused of mass homicide and faced with a mound of impossible evidence
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published May 7th 2015 by HarperVoyager (first published December 1st 2010)
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May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books, 2016-reads
I wanted to read something what I define as space murder mystery.
I flipped through the content of my e-reader and found a copy of
Unexpected Rain.
I read it in two days and have not been disappointed. I liked the
two main characters who are far from being perfect fighting against
bureaucracy, space pirates and other obstacles. Sometimes it seemed
there are more pawns than in a chess game.
Humanity conquered space but still suffers from problems we know from
today. Skin colour ist still important.

Beth Cato
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, mystery, science
Unexpected Rain blends the science fiction and mystery genres for a unique twist. LaPier's two detectives--one police officer gone rogue, one framed mass murder suspect--make for a good team as they romp through deep space in search of answers. I did think the plot made some logical leaps at a few points, and some space pirates make an all-too-brief appearance that threatens to steal the show. The resolution is satisfactory, with plentiful who-dunnit twists.
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent world building

A few slow moments at times, but great plot and world building. Great characters too :-) I think the trilogy has quite some potential between the cop, and the Space Waste gang.
Ingrid Seymour
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazingly entertaining. There’s a bit of everything for everyone, especially for those who are technically minded and enjoy a bit of geeky programming. In UNEXPECTED RAIN you will follow Runstom and Jax in a quest in which they will decipher clues using their technical expertise. The characters are a bit clueless in the beginning, just regular folks, but they make the best to detangle the mystery. Runstom and Jax develop an unlikely friendship that makes me wonder what book 2 will ...more
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scify, murder-mystery
Creatively innovative Jason W. LaPier in “Unexpected Rain’ combines science fiction and a murder mystery that opens with a killing by a maintenance man and the failure of the life support in the sub-dome that wipes out an entire block. All too quickly block operator Jack J. Jackson (Jax) is charged with the mass homicide and awaiting transport to a ModPol outpost for trial when he finds an ally in Officer Stanford Runstom who suspects there is more to the case than Detectives Brutus and Porter s ...more
P. Kirby
Nov 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF at %55.

A mystery. In the future. In space. How cool is that?

Not very, unfortunately.

Sometime in the future, humankind has done what humans do and pissed all over planet Earth, then left without cleaning up the mess. Folks now live in far-flung colonies throughout the galaxy (universe?) in cozy, climate controlled domes. One evening, an assassin saunters through the dark streets of one of these habitats, having just successfully killed his target. Unfortunately for him and everyone else in th
Graeme Talboys
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
It's been a while since I read any science fiction, so it was a great relief to come back to it via such an accomplished and confident piece of writing. I was drawn to this because it not only seemed to be good writing, but it promised the addition of a crime novel in a future setting. That could have been a train wreck. As it turned out it was a smooth and satisfying ride, the only bumps being those experienced by the characters. And, boy, do they go through it. A man with little ambition in a ...more
Nathan Garrison
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thrilling blend of sci-fi and murder mystery, this story sends its protagonists across solar systems as they attempt to solve a horrific crime in a future filled with docile dome dwellers, ruthless space gangs, and corruption at every level of humanity. With an interesting but not heavy-handed emphasis on the language of programming, this is a tale not to be missed for fans of exciting, fast-paced science fiction.
Clifton Hill
Jan 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book grabbed my attention with a fascinating assassin character from page 1, but sadly fell from there. I stopped reading at 47% after the book slogged through drawn out conversations, bland characters, unrealistic situations, and a character death that had no impact.

I finally had to drop my suspenders of disbelief as the inconsistencies and plot holes mounted.
Brian Enigma
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Unexpected Rain is an enjoyable sci-fi detective murder mystery, reminiscent of the golden-age Asimov stories. It gets a little techy without going too far into hard-sci-fi. I highly recommend it.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won-other
Science fiction is a genre that I only rarely pick up, and I certainly can't claim to be any kind of expert. However, like art, I know what I like, and this futuristic adventure has a lot of what I like.

1. A gripping start. A lot of sci-fi seems to spend ages describing the planet, the environment, the space age clothes of the second alien from the left etc. Unexpected Rain just launches in with a brutal killing, a mass homicide and a police investigation. We quickly get to know the key charact
Samuel Winter
May 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
A lacklustre and very obvious plot full of cliched tropes bouncing from one improbable scenario to the next. The main flaw however is the amateurish level of writing. As a spoiler free example, every other chapter has one of the main characters explaining for long passages how something works. Putting aside the internal inconsistency that said main character somehow has a wealth of knowledge despite being cast as a down and out. Large amounts of explanation are pretty much in the 101 of what not ...more
Rick Rivera
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Decent read

The story and the details were a bit simplistic. The ending was rushed and anticlimactic. Overall a quick read, a few sections were slow and unnecessary, for example the explanation of program coding. Hard to believe in such a incompetent police force since then criminal element was so organized. Wasn't logical, the police force would have evolved to match the criminal element. Any way, if you have no other books to read, you can pass some time with this one. I won't be buying the res
Louise Armstrong
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was OK, but not really SF - it was a policeman decides to solve crime because he is being unfairly passed over for promotion and he's determined .... well, you know the plot. And it happens in space. There was no development of ideas. It opens in a dome, where people are soft because life is easy, and I thought it might be interesting to delve into that world, but some chap is unfairly arrested and next thing you know he's battling space pirates. Not that soft then. Not that it's discussed. ...more
Jan 29, 2017 added it
Shelves: incomplete
Not terrible, but the storytelling was weak and the story not really engaging. Incomplete.
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40k Book Club: Unexpected Rain - Science Fiction 3 21 Oct 06, 2011 09:16AM  
Jason W. LaPier is a multi-genre writer, delving into science fiction, speculative fiction, horror, slipstream, literary fiction, and surrealism. Originally from Upstate NY, Jason now lives in Portland, OR with his wife and their dachshund. By day, he is a software engineer at Elemental Technologies, where he creates the kinds of virtual worlds that actually do something. He is always in search of ...more

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