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Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War by Brian Clevinger
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Jun 23, 2011

really liked it

It feels a little more like Robo is a hero that can't lose (though he sure gets into a pickle) - but I don't entirely care. The storytelling is well-executed - Clevinger actually believes his audience has a brain to fill in some details, and is interested in following a mystery.

That Clevinger can construct suspense and mystery here is a continued pleasure - but the personality of Robo is the true gem.

However, I must return to the "never loses" aspect here. In volume 1 Robo was vexed by his own Moriarty, and actually faced difficulty completing all his missions. Here it seems like even in the face of imminent defeat he pulls some miracle of brute force and wins. That works nice in a while in a Bond flick but it sure grows tiresome when it happens every single time. -1 star for implausible, unlikely infallibility.

I do love me some Scottish commando tho.

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