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Simon Says

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Master Detective John Simon is a tough, streetwise seventeen year veteran of the Kansas City Police Department with a healthy disdain for the encroachment of modern technology into his workplace. When his partner is kidnapped after a routine stakeout by thugs with seeming ties to connected, wealthy art dealer Benjamin Ashman, he's determined to find the truth, but the only ...more
Hardcover, First, 470 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Boralis Books
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Wendy S. Delmater
This is a police procedural/scifi hybrid with a cop who ends up getting sort of an android partner, almost by accident. Certainly, John Simon was not looking for a witness to a crime to tag along and try and help. He did not know, at first, that the man was not human, and when he tries to get rid of the helpful android it makes itself indispensible. Still, Simon is not comfortable with his “sidekick.” And then the boss assigns them together.

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Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mix of nostalgia and futurism, with a gritty edge. Simon Says takes a modern police procedural approach to a classic buddy cop film — only one of the buddies is an android. Lucas, the android, isn’t content to be just evidence in the case. He insists on helping detective John Simon, and the result is a deadly mix of humor, intrigue, and action. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
Guy Marco
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Near-future science fiction mixed with a police procedural noir thriller. Plenty of action and suspense as John Simon deals with a custom-made android that has a thing for quoting famous movies. Enjoyed this and will be looking for more books in the series.
Simon Says is a fast-paced crime thriller with a great sense of humor woven throughout. Bryan Thomas Schmidt knows Kansas City inside and out, and it shows in the city descriptions, character backgrounds and especially in the high-speed carchase scenes.

But what really makes the book work is the character interactions, primarily between luddite lead cop John Simon and the android security guard, Lucas George, who may be the key to solving several crimes. Experience versus innocence, grumpy versus
Lelia Rose
I hated giving three stars to a book that most odd-couple, cop-buddy-story lovers will love. I had enjoyed some of the author’s previous books and the anthologies he had edited, so I was eager to read the ARC and write a review. It turns out I was not the intended audience, which is on me rather than the author.
I had three problems with the book. First, I’m a prude, okay? I flinched my way through the book. Since most people talk that way, I suspect the majority of readers will have no idea what
Caprice Hokstad
Note: I read an e-ARC version without any compensation or expectations attached. My opinions are my own.

Any story that I can read to distract me from the self-torture known as “working out at the gym” is a good story, in my estimation. This one did the trick several times on the stationary bike. It's gritty. It's engaging. Knowledge of vintage cop movies is helpful but not required. Scene I would most want to see on video: advanced AI android posing as human, distracting Japanese businessmen by
Benjamin Liska
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast-paced blend of near future sci-fi and police procedural thriller filled with memorable characters, intrigue and heart-pounding action. In amongst the intrigue and action (including a masterfully written car chase) there was plenty of humor (including a ton of pop culture references to movie franchises like The Terminator and Robocop) and heart. I loved the interplay and growing camaraderie between Detective John Simon and the android Lucas George as they try to untangle a web of ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pack full of action with enough human to keep you interested from start to finish. In the vein of BOSCH with a heathy dose of science fiction. SIMON SAY is a non-stop page turner. I was not sure what to expect at first, but loved every minute and highly recommended this book.
Brett Thomasson
There's something fun about reading stories set in places that you know and have seen, so Bryan Thomas Schmidt's first "John Simon thriller," Simon Says, has some neat features for folks who know Kansas City and the surrounding area. Schmidt references known streets, locales and landmarks in his story of a police detective operating in KC as the 21st century's third decade bleeds into its fourth. Electric cars, some autonomously driven, and other day-after-tomorrow tech clues the reader that we ...more
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Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent sci fi action thriller that was entertaining. You can tell that the author paid close attention to try and get the feel for law enforcement. While he does a decent job at this, better than most, there are definitely some things that seem off, but none of this takes away from the story. Overall a good intro book to this series and I hope the next book can be even better.
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Bryan Thomas Schmidt is a national bestselling author and Hugo nominated editor of adult and children’s speculative fiction. His fourth novel, Simon Says is a page-turning near future thriller. His debut novel, The Worker Prince received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Releases for 2011. His children’s books, 102 More Hilarious Dinosaur Books For ...more