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Blue limbo [Hardcover]

Terence M Green
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Dec 11 1996
Armed with hi-tech weapons and equipment, cop Mitch Helwig embarks on a crusade of vengeance and heroism through the dark landscape of the future. By the author of Shadow of Ashland.

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From Publishers Weekly

Although Green's last novel, Shadow of Ashland (Forecasts, Jan. 8), was a poignant parable with a light fantasy gloss, his latest is anything but. Instead, it's a high-tech action cop thriller, albeit one sensitively drawn. In early-21st century Toronto, police officer Mitch Helwig survives?in rapid succession?the murder of his partner, an attempt on his own life, another attempt on the life of his boss, Captain Karoulis, and suspension from the force. To deal with the parties responsible, Helwig turns rogue cop, setting off a sequence of explosively paced confrontations. There's not much that makes this novel SF except for the futuristic hardware and Blue Limbo itself, a technique for partially reviving the dead that is used on Karoulis to provide Helwig with vital evidence. Both Helwig and Karoulis suffer some standard cop problems, but Green handles all his characters with great compassion. Then there is Mitch's octogenarian father, Paul, a man of wit, courage and resources unsuspected by even his son, let alone the villains. Green's newest may be short on originality, but it's definitely long on readability.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In early 21st-century Toronto, ex-policeman Mitch Helwig tracks down his partner's killer. Except for some high-tech weapons and the medical breakthrough of reviving dead people for a maximum of four weeks (known as the "blue limbo"), very little of this book could be considered science fiction. It's more like one step into the future for Joseph Wambaugh. This crime thriller will appeal to fans of Sylvester Stallone's futuristic movies. Recommended for crime fiction and sf collections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Voracious reading, with a heart & soul! June 25 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hard-boiled crime drama in the 21st century. I was pleasantly surprised how well it drew me in, since I generally prefer far future SF. Green starts the action from the get go, and his crisp straight-forward writing made my eyes hungrily consume the pages. He also managed to give the story a strong character focus, instead of relying on non-stop action. While the SF element of the book spotlights the effects on society of the introduction of the first sort-of successful revival of the dead from cryonic suspention, the heart & soul of the drama shows the troubles in life for those that are the "thin blue line", showing that tomorrow's tomorrow may not be so different than today. Technology grows and changes, but people are people.
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1.0 out of 5 stars So the recommendation center isn't perfect... Jan. 3 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Very rarely do I actively dislike a book. This was one of those times when I did. Yes, it's a sci-fi detective story. That's good. Yes, the premise is interesting. That's good. But the characters were *so* one-dimensional, the plot was *so* predictable, and the concepts were *so* glossed-over, that I found myself very pleased to get through it at all. Amazon.com's recommendation center has never steered me so wrong before, but I guess there's always a first time. When I finally slogged my way through it, I donated it to a homeless shelter. And now I feel guilty about it -- homeless people don't deserve dreck like this...
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is the best sci-fi book ive read this year! Feb. 14 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
for a very short book, blue limbo is packed with emotion and adventure. terence green is a writer to watch. the characters are very real, i could feel the pain in mitch helwig when he split up with his ex-wife. i would highly recommend this book to fans of science fiction and people who dont read sci-fi books. i hope the paperback edition does well for mr. green. jim sbicca
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 Jan. 29 2004
By yessca
Format:Hardcover
Well, I would not give it a 4, but hey. I am not much for sci-fi, but I am an opened minded person. The book was not that hard to belive, though I wonder if Green got money for using all those plugs for the products in the book. It was O.k. just dont expect to much from it.It will pa...ss the time
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent May 17 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Terence M. Green's new book, Blue Limbo, is an engaging read. Set in the not too distant future of Toronto, it is an entirely believable story of good guys versus bad guys, and in our day and age, sadly, this is often between good cops and bad cops.
The hero, Mitch, is a tenacious and hard working and loyal policeman in Toronto. He is perplexed by the perversity he encounters in his life, but is not halted or diverted by it. In the end he gives much more than most of us would be willing to give to see justice done, but I never doubted that this character was being truly portrayed.
While the gadgets and technology used in this future were interesting and seemed plausible, I was much more involved in the characters and the city of Toronto. Mitch's relationships with family and co-workers is involving. He is not a one dimensional super cop and his personal griefs and obstacles are sensitively depicted.
I will now be looking for Mr. Green's previously published book,Shadow of Ashland, and any new publications in the future.
4.0 out of 5 stars Voracious reading, with a heart & soul! June 25 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hard-boiled crime drama in the 21st century. I was pleasantly surprised how well it drew me in, since I generally prefer far future SF. Green starts the action from the get go, and his crisp straight-forward writing made my eyes hungrily consume the pages. He also managed to give the story a strong character focus, instead of relying on non-stop action. While the SF element of the book spotlights the effects on society of the introduction of the first sort-of successful revival of the dead from cryonic suspention, the heart & soul of the drama shows the troubles in life for those that are the "thin blue line", showing that tomorrow's tomorrow may not be so different than today. Technology grows and changes, but people are people.
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous June 21 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I stumbled upon Mr. Green's book Blue Limbo in the library, and once I had read several pages I knew I was reading great fiction. Oddly enough the writing reminded me of another author I love--i.e., Paco Ignacio Taibo III. Both writers manage to pack a great deal insight, humor, and immmense sadness into very small packages. Although the science fiction component of the book is small, a cop in the near future, I think it serves as a great context for a character, Mitch Helwig, who is deeply entrenched in the past and struggling to make a present for himself. The humor is dark and very funny, and the characters relationships cut straight to the heart. This is a great novel, now if I can only find Barking dogs..
5.0 out of 5 stars this is the best sci-fi book ive read this year! Feb. 14 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
for a very short book, blue limbo is packed with emotion and adventure. terence green is a writer to watch. the characters are very real, i could feel the pain in mitch helwig when he split up with his ex-wife. i would highly recommend this book to fans of science fiction and people who dont read sci-fi books. i hope the paperback edition does well for mr. green. jim sbicca
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 Jan. 29 2004
By yessca - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Well, I would not give it a 4, but hey. I am not much for sci-fi, but I am an opened minded person. The book was not that hard to belive, though I wonder if Green got money for using all those plugs for the products in the book. It was O.k. just dont expect to much from it.It will pa...ss the time
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