what I love best about this novel is the creative way this author has developed the societies of the future including the way that robots have impacted it, as well as effect of genetic engineering on the human species. Of course as a woman, I loved the topic of a young female with two children fleeing from a powerful man - one who has a position enabling him to kill her and her children with ease. There is a romance between the main character and another female which is very romantic and a direct result of the changes that society has undergone to that point. I would recommend this novel to lovers of science fiction,suspense, and novels with strong female characters .Pitt
Roxx is a woman who was minding her own business, for the most part. Like all people she has days with ups and downs, lovers come and lovers go (okay, so a few got killed...), raise a few kids. Whoops, the second child is illegal to have. In fact, the women of this dystopian world are supposed to be genetically incapable of having a second child. What's a mother with two children (one a baby) to do, especially now the father of the second child is dead? Well, to quote the hit from the band, America, "I've been through the desert on a horse with no name..." Except Roxx prefers to ride a refurbished Indian motorcycle with sidecar across the African Sahara. With her are her daughters and a robot guardian.
Roxx is one of those people who doesn't really go out looking for trouble, but she attracts it like moths to a flame. She walks into it unexpectedly, it comes after, it giggles madly while stalking her. If you thought Africa was a bleak place after watching Leonardo DiCaprio's "Blood Diamond,", you'll get a major dose of the same and then some with this trek through some of the worst parts of the African Sahara. There are those who stand with Roxx and way too many who stand against her.
A powerful story of what a mother will do to protect her children, and sometimes she is downright scary!
Bill Jones is one of the more creative and unique-thinking novelists I've had the pleasure to read. His book, "Hard As Roxx" is a prime example of his creativity.
The book features four very strong female characters, each highly entertaining in her own way, and each very distinct from one another. Taking place in the near future, the world of protagonist Roxxanne is a hard one. Two pandemics, the second a world-killer, have wrought chaos and disorder world-wide. Roxx lives in "Africasia," a region so-named because millions of Chinese emigrated there to escape the plague while nations broke up. Before Roxx, the plague was stopped, but there was a cost: all women everywhere can only have one child. Having a second means death. As far as most know, no woman is biologically capable of having a second child. Except Roxx did. The father of the second daughter, found out about the child, and as he steals political power, he's hunting for Roxx and her children. He'd better be careful. Roxx is quite deadly, and she has a nasty alter-ego.
The tapestry of Roxx's environment is richly detailed by Jones, yet the story never slows. It's constantly moving on to great action scenes and places like Tripoli, radically changed by a geo-political environment unique in Science Fiction. I guarantee, you will have never heard of a plot background like this one. Jones' world is so different from anything else you've read, you'll be asking questions and wondering at details throughout the book. His silky smooth writing style will never leave you bored and the intricate plot keeps you wanting more. A phrase Roxx says often is, "Get out of me head." At the beginning of the book, you learn an interesting reason why she says this, but later you find an even more fascinating reason why. If you want a literary refreshment from the mundane and predictable, buy this book!
2,0 su 5 stelleMost of the action is between two women!
27 ottobre 2013 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
The setting might have been apocalyptic, but the lesbian action was as current as any you might find. I feel the genre was misrepresented-science fiction was definitely secondary to the lesbian story line. I don't consider myself a prude, but this type of action distracts from parts of the book that would have been interesting. To each his own, but the reader should be forewarned.
The author spins an exciting tale that is set in a post apocalyptic world. If you like strong women, you will love Roxx, a single mother who must protect her family from the ruthless leaders upholding the law. In this futuristic society, the women have been genetically altered to limit pregnancies to just one. However, Roxx' genetic makeup does not carry the enhanced code, and she finds herself pregnant with a second child as a result of a rape. Once the baby is born, Roxx must protect her two daughters not only from a government that would execute both mother and child, but also from the man who had ravished her. As the months pass, it becomes harder for Roxx to remain in the home she had made for her family. She no longer has a choice and must flee with her daughters across the Sahara desert, hoping to reach the European continent, and safety.
This story is action packed with exciting twists when you least expect them. If you enjoyed "Children of Men," you'll love this book. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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