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This satisfying pulp blend of sci-fi and noir finds its hardboiled hero banished from the Earth for publishing some top-secret government files. For his crime Bruce Gordon is given a one-way ticket to Mars - and it's no picnic. Amongst all of Earth's undesirables, junkies, and crooks Gordon’s about to find his ticket back to his home planet might be harder to come by than he thought, even after getting a job with the crooked Martian police force. Peter Ganim performs the - often-deplorable - Martian cast of characters with gusto and keeps the bloody, gritty, outer-space action churning along in this fun tale of corruption on a wild frontier.

Summary

Bruce Gordon was an ex-fighter, ex-gambler, ex-cop, ex-reporter, and now he was an ex-patriot of Earth. Security shipped him to Mars with a knife, 100 credits, and a yellow card that meant no return.

A science-fiction novel that would appeal to Mickey Spillane fans, Police Your Planet features lots of violence, beatings, and blood. But this isn't just a crime novel put into space; this is a hard SF novel, and the terraforming of Mars is central to the story.

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A classically styled sci fi adventure

It is easier to describe what this story does not have, it is not set in a post appocalypse disaster zone, they are not under attack by zombie space aliens, they are not the planet Earth's only chance for survival. It has nothing in common with 99% of the rest of sci fi books currently available.
But what it does have is a seemingly simple story line which draws you in and develops with each plot turn and twist into a classic piece of science fiction audio that keeps you engaged and more engrossed until the very end. This book stands out from the rest of the current sci fi and can be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys good fictional writing. This is a book to be read for enjoyment and to escape into and forget temporarily the stresses and worries of every day life. It is a page turner and thankfully it is of a duration to be comfortably listened to from start to finish in one session and the ending is satisfying and complete with all plot twists and turns resolved.
This is the perfect book to read and unwind with on a cold and wet Sunday afternoon.

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Good !

Surprisingly good ! Had a 1800s New York cop feel to it obviously with mars being the back drop

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"You're staying here, Cuddles."

A good, old fashioned pulp fiction SF story which relies not on characterisation but characters to carry the plot. Two dimensional action filled battles as Bruce Gordon reluctantly joins the gang and police rights of several factions after having been shipped to Mars by Earth Security on a one way 'yellow' ticket for causing trouble at home. Drugs, gambling and plenty of fighting as wejll as betrayal, loyalty and a girl all swirl together with a touch of ironic humour. Narration by Peter Gamin perfectly compliments the text: his deliciously warm, founded, deepish voice is both well paced and modulated, the delivery laconic, and the character voices are distinctly different. A good performance which enhances the story.Audible

Not high literature by any means but for a fun tale of it's time, well worth a read. Police Your Planet comes as a free download with Audible Plus. Thank you

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Without doubt the worst sci fi on audible

I've read about 150 titles on audible and this is the worst !
The story is awful without any real plot and just meanders from one ridiculous scene to the next.
His characters lack any depth or interest and all rotate completely around the central character who has a moral compass that swings back and forth so drastically he could be bipolar .
The book must have been written before emancipation or the author is a hopeless bachelor because his ideas of a women's place is from about 1920.
And to conclude this might as well be a book about the five boroughs in 1880s New York with the storey placed on a fictional Mars that hasn't existed since HG Wells time's.

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  • 22-12-20

A very good story!

I thoroughly enjoyed this story! Please pay no attention to that review talking about how it made them suicidal! I hate it when people give a bad review to a book in order to just be cute and make a joke at the authors expense! Is the story a little dark??? Of course! It’s a noir crime thriller on another planet! It’s supposed to be a little dark! That’s not a reason to give a book a bad review!

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  • Daniel Cascaddan
  • 20-09-20

Moon is a Harsh Mistress

I most dearly love RAH, but I kept thinking as I read this, that it seems Moon is a Harsh Mistress must have been a ripoff of this novel. So I checked and this one published ten years earlier. I didn’t really enjoy the story nearly as much, but if did come first, and did not use any deus ex machina devices. And I could listen to Mr. Charsick read the phone book! What an excellent voice! I should read more Lester Del Rey

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  • 07-11-21

fun story but dated

An interesting mix of hard bitten 20's detective story, political thriller and sf. Worth listening to, but many uncomfortable cultural assumptions show the age of the story.

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  • clifford
  • 23-01-22

Old style hollywood gangsters on Mars

Police Your Planet is fun. Its not really science fiction even though its set on Mars. The entire story is about an entire society being on the take. It heavily reminded me of old hollywood flicks where cities are corrupt and trying to stuff the ballot to elect a corrupt mayor. It also reminded me of Dashiel Hammets old noir novels.

Essentially, this is a story set on Mars, but its mainly just one fish out of water getting into a lot of fights and finding himself up against a political machine. It was fun... if you don't think too much about the outlandish aspects. Aspects such as a goofy plot and the few sci-fi elements involved are incredulous. There is even a romance straight out of the 1920's with women in their right place and thick headed men.

You probably won't be disappointed by this book. Its just not up to the best of Heinlein or many other sci-fi authors.

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  • per erik loeff
  • 27-04-21

Nja

Not the most interesting and groundbreaking scfi novel. Basically isn't really that at all, everything could probably take place in a poor African city (with a dome in not a physical way). Anyway I were kind of entertained most of the book. (If it were longer I probably would not.)

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  • Janelle Gehring
  • 31-03-22

Misogyny wrapped in mediocre science fiction

This novel highlights all that is wrong with 1950's era science fiction. The science in the novel was not accurate (e.g. second-generation Martian settlers breathing the Martian atmosphere). A lack of scientific accuracy is forgivable given the time in which it was written (1950's), but it still detracts from the story. The worst part of the novel is the rampant mysogyny. The only female character of note is referred to as "Cuddles" by the other characters and has a story arc that takes her from a fiesty street thug (interesting!) to a submissive housewife (boring). The story itself is mildly interesting, but doesn't make up for the novel's shortcomings. I would have wanted my money back if the audiobook weren't included for free on Audible. The narrator's performance was fine: appropriately noir. Don't waste your time on this one unless you like the idea of a mysogynistic middle-aged man acting macho in an unconvincing portrayal of a Martian colony with a plot that is almost interesting.

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  • Daniela Koiman
  • 11-08-21

A western on Mars

A new sheriff comes to clean up a corrupt, wild-west type city.
it might as well have been a black and white Movie of the Week.

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  • danny nichols
  • 07-05-21

Alright listen

It was OK not the best book I've ever listened to but still it wasn't horrible

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  • thomas dye
  • 27-04-21

just ok

Little known work from a classic writer. Reasonably entertaining, though dated in style and outlook and science.
it was a freebie, so great!