The Resource The razor, J. Barton Mitchell

The razor, J. Barton Mitchell

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The razor
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The razor
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J. Barton Mitchell
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eng
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"Marcus Flynn has been sentenced to the terrifying prison planet known as 11-H37. There's only one problem. He's innocent. He's barely made it through the first day when everything changes: All the guards and prison personnel suddenly abandon the planet, leaving the inmates there to die. There is more to 11-H37 than meets the eye and Flynn soon finds himself making unlikely allies and the most dangerous of enemies" --
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  • In the far future, 11-H37 is a planet with a unique nonrotational orbit. One side is perpetually scorched, one side is perpetually frozen, and in between is a thin ribbon of habitable space known as the Razor. A penal colony supplies the labor needed in such an inhospitable climate to extract the rare element Xytrilium. Two new inmates, Flynn, a talented engineer of the Maas-Dorian corporation, and Maddox, a disgraced soldier formerly stationed on the Razor, are assigned to the surface-mining vehicle Charon. Both are quickly under threat for what they know and what they did in their previous lives. But as crisis erupts aboard the Charon, they gain unlikely allies as they try to regain their freedom at the longest of odds and discover things that even the monsters they meet should fear. This tense and fast-moving tale of redemption and sacrifice bounces from threat to crisis as Flynn, Maddox, and their allies try to survive—and unravel the mystery of—the Razor. -- Terrence Miltner (Reviewed 10/15/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 4, p32)
  • Mitchell (Midnight City) packs this feisty page-turner with a great cast and plenty of twists. Marcus Flynn, an engineer at tech company Maas-Dorian, is framed for murder and sentenced to life on the Razor, a maximum-security prison planet rich in the powerful fuel source xytrilium. Flynn barely survives his first days of incarceration, and then the Razor becomes catastrophically unstable. Prison personnel abandon the dying planet, leaving all the convicts behind. But Flynn is offered a way out: if he can retrieve highly restricted xytrilium data from a quarantined research lab, he’ll be rescued. As he fights his way to the lab, Flynn accumulates a band of inmate misfits, including Key, a pugnacious prison-smart Latina, and Zane, a hulking bioaugmented killer with unfinished business on the imploding planet. To top it all off, there’s a vicious insectoid alien on the prowl. The further Flynn ventures across the Razor’s inhospitable terrain, the more everything—the impending apocalypse, the creatures, the superpowered prisoners, and even Maas-Dorian—appears to be connected. A few too many characters and subplots make the story feel crowded, but sequels may give them somewhere to go. Fans of space adventure will relish this entertaining escapade. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed 07/09/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 28, p)
  • A mysterious catastrophe threatens a previously impregnable and dangerously corrupt 22nd-century prison planet. A motley group of familiar prison-drama archetypes face life imprisonment on the brutal mining colony known as the Razor, so called because only a sliver of the planet is habitable, balanced on either side by extreme environments. The characters include Marcus Flynn, a brilliant engineer whose employers framed him for murder when he decided to go into business for himself; James Maddox, who was a former elite military officer stationed at the Razor until he killed his commanding officer because of the man's ties to human trafficking; Key, a street-smart failed gang leader who can't help caring; Raelyn, a doctor who lost her license after conducting a dangerous experiment on herself; and Zane, a tough former operative augmented by the government to have control over metal. But most of them have barely arrived on the planet when alarms blare and all the guards evacuate, leaving our heroes to battle their way through violent gangs of inmates and struggle across the hazardous landscape in search of answers, which lead them to an escaped swarm of murderous aliens and an imprisoned psychopathic scientist. As the aliens begin to breed and the livable part of the planet rapidly shrinks, can the group make it to the starport and escape before it's too late? The author leans heavily on both action and prison tropes, with a hefty dose of horror borrowed from the Alien films, but those tropes endure because they're still crowd-pleasing and effective. While there is a certain amount of resolution, there's enough open-endedness to surmise that this is the first of a series, with many more revelations to come. An R-rated popcorn-munching entertainment in the best B-movie tradition. (Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2018)
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10738576
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Mitchell, J. Barton
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813/.6
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  • Judicial error
  • Life on other planets
  • Extraterrestrial bases
  • Prisoners
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  • Extraterrestrial bases
  • Judicial error
  • Life on other planets
  • Prisoners
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The razor, J. Barton Mitchell
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on1050456750
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24 cm
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First edition.
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399 pages
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9780765387929
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2018040366
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(OCoLC)1050456750
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The razor, J. Barton Mitchell
Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1050456750
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
399 pages
Isbn
9780765387929
Lccn
2018040366
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1050456750

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