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Night Call

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There once was a retired cop, in 1933 New York, having to solve crimes with his companion. It does sound like a standard police novel, doesn't it? However, this book is different in it's setting, with androids running around. This is not only flavouring, but also gives an angle that shows racism like it would have been in this period (and perhaps even now). 

Although I loved the book, it did feel a little bit like it all was flavouring. Other parts did very much make up for it though. The protagonist had raw edges, and in real life I would have stayed clear of him, but it was exactly the way he should be.
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A futuristic sci-fi murder mystery with a cop for your main character?!? What’s not to love? I was excited going into this novel but for me it fell flat. The story is expansive and hard to follow at times with to much jumping around and lack of connective writing, I love a good sci-fi but this one seemed a bit to far fetched to me and with an unlovable main character it just didn’t hold my interest. I would recommend this to any male sci-fi fan who cares more about the story then character development, it’s not my cup of tea but I know it will have a lot of fans.
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This was more of a 2 and a half stars but it felt like a low 2 and a half rather than a high 2 and a half.  Let me preface the review that this is probably a really good book if you like reading cop books. From the start of the book I was hit with it being a cop book with a bit of sci-fi elements rather than a scifi book with cop elements. That sort of book really just isn't my cup of tea. I couldn't really connect with the characters so my reading of it wasn't super enjoyable even though I wanted it to be.
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This was a decent book.... I had a lot of trouble getting into it at times. I’m a huge fan of sci-fi / fantasy but this book was hard to follow at times. The characters could have been more Developed. I really wanted to love this book. Some parts were not very realistic which was big turn off for me. I know with sci-fi a majority of it is unrealistic but this one was in ways over the top.
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Pretty good overall. The ending was just OK and the main character wasn't very likable. I just didn't stay very engaged with this one. But the author has some talent and hope he continues to write.

Thanks very much for the ARC for review!!
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Imagine it's the year 1933, New York skyline looks a lot different when robots and other vast technological enhancements are seen, even when the Great Depression hits. Rather than racial and sexist issues amongst humans, all those problems seem to be resolved once robots were created. They became the inferior race. Initially created to help fight the Great War. They soon became feared for their strength and intelligence, and most were decommissioned or made into be less inferior robots.
One rogue retired cop, Elias Roche, plays by no rules. He straddles the line between good and evil, right and wrong. He is the middle man between cops and the mafia. Keeping the peace, so to speak, between two natural enemies. He is asked to partner with a robotic police robot, which he names Allen, once he starts to investigate a triple cop murder in the 5th precincts territory. 

A cool steampunk mash up is what I kept envisioning with this dystopian sci-fi. Pretty fascinating perspective of the pros and cons to technological enhancements. The relationship between human and robot kind of reminded me of that old Will Smith movie, iRobot. The plot of this story was a bit better and delved much deeper though. 

An interesting read for sure. I really enjoyed the murder mystery, bad cop good cop, 1930s sci-fi aspect. It looks as if it will be a series and I wouldn’t mind seeing how the next book continues on with Elias and Allen’s story.
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Its 1933 in Jersey during the middle of the great depression. However, this is definitely not historical fiction, this is pure scifi/fantasy in a world with robots that perform labor and even some that take part in crime.
Meet Elias Roche. Please refrain from calling him Roach, he definitely does not appreciate that. Roche is somewhat of a detective, and after a major shootout with police and civilians both dead, he takes the case to try to uncover what is really happening in this city. He is partnered with an Automatic which at first he does not appreciate. However as time goes by he learns that the blue eyed Automatic is actually a pretty helpful resource. 
This book starts out with a thrilling fight scene that somewhat lays the groundwork for how the rest of the story goes. I highly suggest this action-packed debut novel for all fans of scifi and fantasy alike.
Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!!
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I gave up reading this, this book has too much testosterone for me. The protagonist has no feelings beside 'love alcohol, guns r cool, I'm tired n hungry'. I don't think I didn't enjoy it because I'm a girl, I think I didn't enjoy it because I couldn't see him as a real person, just as a 2d character.

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Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for hooking me up with an ARC of this! 

This is an alternate history science fiction story about the 1930s... but with robots and it is functions basically like a police show. So basically Law & Order: Robot Edition. And it does it very well, as the history was set up in such a way that it felt like everything was explained. Not too far from the divergence that there felt like too much, and so there was enough history that it was basically all recapped to us throughout the story. 

That is another thing this book does pretty well, spreading out backstory/world-building throughout the text. It doesn't dump it all on you at once but it is spread out over the course of the story. With certain things being left out so they can be addressed later, which leaves a bit of mystery to certain events until much later. The mechanics behind how/why all this advanced tech works is explained in simple enough terms while still making sense in the grand scheme of things. I never really felt lost which is really impressive for a science fiction novel. 

Our MC of Roche felt a bit stereotypical when it comes to detective-esque novels. As he is gruff and does everything his own way and more than a little rough around the edges. BUT, I felt that we are seeing the beginning of character growth for him towards the end. His internal dialogue also does a  good enough job of showing us what is beyond his gruff exterior.
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Carlson's Night Call is an interesting jaunt into a divergent past in which automation and robotics leaped ahead during World War 1, leading to a world divided between humans and the robots they created.  The story moves along, with the main character Roche moving through different scenes of exposition and action, to finally arrive at a conclusion that seems both satisfying and bland.  I enjoyed the setting of the story, but felt that the conclusion seemed rushed, with at the same time too little and too much exposition.  The universe Carlson has crafted is interesting, but doesn't feel completely fleshed out, nor are the characters grealy differentiated.  I didn't struggle to finish the book, but don't feel compelled to watch for a sequel.
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Night Call by Brenden Carlson, a nice addition to the Robot Noir fantasy genre. Elias is a night caller, not quite on the side of the law but not far off either, when screwy things start to happen with the robots in the city, he and his new partner are on the job.
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It is New York City in 1933 in an alternate universe. There are different levels of robots with differing levels of intelligence.

The main character is a human ex police officer who gets recalled by the police commissioner for special jobs.  He also works jobs for the head of the underworld.  He has a no holds barred attitude and always gets the job done.

He gets called in on a case and partnered with a new type of robot that's capable of independent thought and reasoning.

There is a running theme of the bias humanity has for the artificial beings it has created 

I enjoyed the first half of the book but was disappointed by the conclusion. Also, I am not sure why the author chose 1933 for the time the book takes place.

I was given a free copy of this and I am leaving my honest review.
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