“Welcome to the moon! ”
Neal Gordon screwed up his assignment on Mars and they reassigned him to Antarctica. Now he’s being reassigned some place even worse: Luna City. A crime ridden hellhole with a super-rich ruling class, he almost immediately finds himself targeted by bounty hunters and cyborg terrorists. Thankfully, Neal has an unusual set of partners in robot dog, Barksley, and the snarky but badass Lucy Westernra. Yes, make all the vampire jokes you want. It’s tough being a corporate cop on humanity’s foremost colony and before this adventure is over, he’s going to have to deal with deranged influencers, mysterious female secret agents, and a 1970s themed flying car called the Purple Rain. Can he survive to get reassigned? Who knows.
MOON COPS ON THE MOON is set in the Futurepunk setting of Agent G, the Cyber Dragons Trilogy, and Space Academy novels but functions as a standalone series. It is a humorous action-filled romp that fans of The Expanse, Robocop, Demolition Man, and Blade Runner will enjoy.
As a long time fan of CT Phipps’s writing, I’m always interested to see what he has coming out next. In this case, it turned out to be a fun romp on the moon colony some years after first contact had brought Earth into the galactic community. Colonies now exist on Mars as well as the Moon, with the Moon seen as a ghetto backwater that no one wants to get stuck on. Let’s put it this way, if you owned Hell and the Moon, you’d rent out the Moon and go live in Hell. People from the Moon colony would vacation in Mos Eisley to take a break from the stress. It truly is a hive of scum and villainy, but in the best way possible. The setting is as much a character as any of the various people in the story.
The characters are the usual cast of quirky, interesting but surprisingly deep characters. Leading the way is Neal Gordon, former corporate marine turned corporate police