Redshift Rendezvous Mass Market Paperback – May 1990
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From Library Journal
A suspicious death aboard the starship Redshift involves first officer Jason Kraft in a manhunt that uncovers an insidious plot to reroute the ship to an unknown destination. Sf action/adventure tempered by the "laws" of hyperspace travel produce a unique, fascinating hard sf novel. Stith wrote Deep Quarry. Recommended.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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REDSHIFT RENSEZVOUS is an intense story with wondrous technology and it's implications. I've read another review here saying that this book is similar to Alistair MacLeans "Golden Rendezvous." This is like saying that because two works share genre conventions, that it is the same. All fiction uses elements from other works, it is the execution of those conventions and devices that make the work new.
Final word: IF YOU LIKE GOOD'OL SCIENCE FICTION, TIGHT PLOTS, INTERESTING PREMISES, BUY JOHN STITH. Another of his books MANHATTAN TRANSFER is soon to be made into a blockbuster movie.
Reading this book left me wondering, is John E. Stith still with us? After this novel, Stith penned a few others, including the wonderful Manhattan Transfer. Then, he seemed to just stop. I did a little digging, and it seems like he's still with us. So, either he's stopped writing, or his publishers have dropped him. Either way, it's our loss.
The thing that did not pull me into this story is perhaps it's close similarity of the plot to Alistair MacLeans "Golden Rendezvous". There's even a similarity in the title. Maybe it was Alistair who copied the plot, maybe it was just a major coincidence. The storys are set in different locations - Both on ships, one at sea the other in space.
But the story-line was so similar that after reading Alistair's novel and then going on to Redshift, it didn't seem all that original. (The plot, not the ideas)
Even the charactars had similar personalities. Though Alistair's was more developed and believable, the same hardworking, independent loner and reliable hero who keeps his distance from everyone, and the somehow slightly irritating rich woman who manages to slip through his barriers were in both books.
Other than that, the story was okay, the concept brilliant and inspiring enough to twist your mind trying to imagine it.
Can First Officer Jason Kraft navigate through this and juggle his duties of taking care of the ship and a mix of mysterious passengers? In a parody of a classic cop movie hero, the answer quoting Kraft, "I know what you're asking yourself: did he shoot ninety–five times or did he shoot ninety–six times?"
An explanation of the physics used in Redshift Rendezvous is found in the extensive appendix. This is helpful for those interested in understanding the science and assumptions made in the story.