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The Return of Santiago

(Santiago #2)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  405 ratings  ·  18 reviews
When Danny Briggs, a young thief, stumbles upon the long-lost poems of Black Orpheus, a poet who had immortalized the exploits of mythic bandit, assassin, and hero Santiago, he embarks on an interstellar odyssey to unravel the truth behind Santiago's legend. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 438 pages
Published April 19th 2004 by Tor Books (first published February 2003)
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Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Santiágo je srdcovka a aj keď sa druhá časť nedá kvalitatívne zrovnávať s prvou, aj tak som si to dobrodružstvo užil. Strieľa sa tam, takže to pre mňa nebolo také ťažké.

Santiágo je mŕtvy, nech žije Santiágo! ... aj keď tu je tých mŕtvych Santiágov nejako veľa. Možno sú ale jak Nutella a nikdy ich nie je dosť :-o

Jednotka určite stojí za to ... dvojka je skôr pre fanúšikov.

Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Today's post is 'The Return of Santiago' by Mike Resnick. It is 464 pages long and published by TOR. This is a sequel to Santiago also by Mike Resnick. If you have not read either Mike Resnick before or Santiago stop reading this right now and get to your library. Go get some of his stuff, read it and thank me later. I am going to be putting in some changes to my reviewing because I got a professional to read one of my reviews and give me some help. A very big thanks to Angela Leonard from http: ...more
Jun 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: adults
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
This is a space western. Each chapter introduced a different bounty hunter/gunfighter/lawman, another strange alien, a different saloon, a different planet. It was the Star Wars cantina scene again and again and again. Creative and entertaining but ultimately predictable -- you see the end coming from 200 pages away.
Oct 16, 2008 rated it did not like it


Resnick is usually my go-to guy for escapist space-cowboy fantasy, but this book, sequel to the serviceable Santiago, is crap. I spent at least 200 pages thinking, "Because YOU ARE SANTIAGO!!!" How much farther in advance could Resnick have tipped his hand?

Not good. Pick a different Resnick book.
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Santiago, the sequel. Sometimes people just need a hero, and if one doesn't appear then you have to create him. ...more
Becky Beaman
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: easton-books
I felt like I was reading Paul Bunyan and Babe the Big Blue Ox. Tall tales of gunslingers in the old, lawless west, a hostile wilderness that our Hero had to overcome... Entertaining and enjoyable reading. Nice plot twists, too!

May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Fun read, with some humor. You kinda know where it is going to go from the start, but it is still a pleasure getting there. The first Santiago was better, but this is a decent sequel. 3.5 stars.
David H.
Sep 08, 2019 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Why I didn't finish this: I loved Santiago, but this sequel takes a different tact that just didn't interest me enough to keep going past 50-75 pages. ...more
Al Brown
This book was ok, I don't think it was as good as the first one. ...more
D.L. Morrese
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book is full of bigger than life egocentric antiheroes but none who are admirable. The main character, Danny Briggs, is a thief who concludes that the government is too oppressive and needs to be thwarted. To do so he decides to revitalize a legendary terrorist organization and he goes in search of a leader. He finds one but when they actually begin committing acts of terrorism, he feels they have gone too far. He recruits another. By the end of the book, Danny is indirectly responsible for ...more
Mar 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Now Resnick is my favorite escapist sci fi author, and I just adore his space age, bounty hunter, cowboy universe. It was Cowboy Bebop before there was a Cowboy Bebop. This book was as vivid and campy and real as I'd wanted it to be, but I was left feeling a bit less than satisfied. It's the story of the return of one of the greatest outlaws/revolutionaries on the Inner Frontier. The problem was that I started anticipating the ending a few chapters before it actually happened, and then there ...more
Sep 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of Firefly
This wasn't a bad book. There was a lot of space cowboy action, hilarious and sometimes gratuitous deaths, and lots of fun dialogue. What it lacked, however, was all of the interesting political undercurrent of Santiago. The plot was completely silly, and the ending was, well, terrible. I'd recommend this if you liked Santiago, but this could have been much stronger. ...more
Brian Allen
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I love this book, its basically Firefly meets Robinhood. Santiago was a revolutionary, an idea that was used by five different individuals of various professions. And Dante the poet wants to bring Santiago back to put pressure on the Democracy, the book does have a couple of f bombs and very graphic and sometimes shocking violence, but it is worth reading.
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good novel with larger-than-life mythic characters, settings, and events, that was a bit of a let-down simply because the first Santiago novel was so very, very good and there just wasn't much left to add to it. ...more
Ian Thomas
May 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
A disappointing sequel that was predictable from a plot standpoint. The characterization makes up for a lot, but there wasn't the element of mystery that was present in the first Santiago book. ...more
Dec 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first Santiago book but still a good read for fans of Mike Resnick.
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
Great fun. Resnick! storey is no great surprise, but soberly entertaining.
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Michael "Mike" Diamond Resnick, better known by his published name Mike Resnick, was 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 was 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-liste ...more

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