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Even on well panned riverbeds, one can still find gold. And this is just what I found, via the Goodreads discussion groups, a golden book from the 80s. The Long Run is the 2nd book of the Continuing Time series by Daniel Keys Moran. It's primarily the story of Trent Castanaveras, 2nd generation genetically engineered human, who unlike Carl of the 1st book (Emerald Eyes, an amazing book in its own right) is not a telepath but instead is physically enhanced. Trent is a thief and a (cyber-)Player w...
A friend of mine recommended this book to me and told me there's no need to read #1 or #3 of the trilogy because it stands on its own and it's the best of the trilogy. It does stand on its own. And it's a great book. I love Trent - no, I want to be Trent. Trent the Thief, Trent the Uncatchable. He's funny and sarcastic and brilliant and has morals and this is a great book. It's very sci-fi however, I'm not a huge sci-fi book fan and I really enjoyed this book.
My absolute favorite book ever. I have read this at least a dozen times since I bought it in high school. That reminds me . . . it's been a while.
So, point of honesty: this was my favorite book when I was 14. And it was 1990. And the internet was still shuffling towards "a good idea."It's not the best prose in the world. It's not the tightest story ever written. It's not the best cyber-punk heist novel of all time.But it's damn good, and it tries hard, and it still kicks ass more than twenty years later.I've had three paperback copies. I know Moran had some really high quality hard-back versions printed, but I wasn't in time to pick one o...
Daniel Keys Moran deserves more attention from sci-fi fans. My copies of his books are dog-eared and beat up, and this one is missing the cover, but I treasure them still. Moran has created an interesting sci-fi universe peopled with interesting characters. I encourage readers to check out his A Tale of the Continuing Time novels as well as his standalone work.
Big Peter Abe with a surprising recommendation - forgotten Sci Fi from the late 80s, that reads with a contemporary feel - Brought me back to Red Mars with hints of the Bourne Identity.
6/10I thought this was the same Daniel Keys who did the staggeringly readable Flowers for Algernon (Masterworks series). I wonder if the publisher did a Kate Mosse, to copy the name and get it slipped on bookshelves next to the good stuff, to make you think it was actually somthing or someone else. Either way this was above average fare, coming across as a Neuromancer lite with fun references to Heinlein, Vance and other contemporaries, and I enjoyed yet another trip to the moon. The book fell t...
The second book in the continuing time series is a fast paced, fun read, focusing on the exploits of Trent the Thief - his escape from Earth, and subsequent revenge on the UN peacekeepers, a group that acts more like the SS than police.
Creative, smartI liked this book, it made me smile - but, are all women such a soft touch? Of course, read book 1 in the series first.
Awesome sequel. Loved reading about Trent the Uncatchable, can't wait for the next.
My rating is based upon having read this book for the first time (on or about) the year 1989. I remember eagerly turning pages as Trent escaped one hair-raising action sequence before entering another. This book was for me like crack is to a crack addict. I am tempted, oh so tempted, to read it again.UPDATE:Having just completed a re-read, I find that my previously high regard for this book has diminished over the last 20 odd years. I no longer consider this book to be one of my "all time favori...
I'm pleased to discover Moran however belatedly. I just read Emerald Eyes, The Long Run and the Last Dancer in that order. The Long Run is the tightest and most satisfying of the three. Comments have been made about it as a heist story and and a long chase--yes that's the form of the book but that's not why it's good. There are lots of tightly written genre novels with similar forms and often I don't like them enough to finish or forget them after I do. The Long Run is good because Moran can wri...
Stunning. A virtuoso performance. Mindblowing action. Great characters. If you haven't found a good book to read, pick this one up.A little background first. Trent, the main character, is a webplayer and a thief. He is also a genetic mutant. The United Nations is controlled by the Peacekeepers who are headquartered in France. The Leadership of the Peacekeepers, the Peacekeeper Elite are cyborgs.In a previous novel the Peacekeepers dropped a nuclear bomb on New York City to destroy an enclave of
The 2nd book in Moran's Continuing Times series (of which four have now been written), this one chronicles the adventures of Trent Castanaveras.Genengineered by a geneticist, Trent should have been a telepath like the rest of his extended family. However, lacking the three genes of telepaths, he instead goes on to become one of the planet's best Players (hacker) in the InfoNet (21st century Internet) and premiere thieves years after his telepathic cousins are slaughtered by a world government te...
3.5 stars. I picked this up because of a secondhand recommendation and didn't learn anything about it before starting. Two paragraphs in, I knew it was one of those books from the 80s where the UN invades and nukes the US (it was always the USSR or UN) and some people have psychic powers. The main character is handsome, witty, athletic, total nerd wish-fulfillment. And while he has one true love, he won't hesitate to bang his way out of a situation. I wasn't wrong about any of those, but the boo...
Picked this off the "to be read" pile as it was the highest rated of my unread books on Goodreads (over 4.7 average rating!). I've read both The Last Dancer and Emerald Eyes so had some curiosity about the legendary Trent.On the whole it’s a reasonable action adventure come "heist" tale.The prose style, choice of view point and pseudo-historic epigrams conspire to sap a fair bit of the tension about how the job is going to go that a "heist" yarn could have. (The fact that I’ve read the books out...
Big fan of Daniel Keys Moran. Story goes that he wrote 33 volumes of a sci-if epic when he was in high school. Not sure how true it is but I dig his style - future world (2060's) after a UN war to unify all countries, goes back and forth between "cyber-punk" themes of hackers and AI's running amok, cyborgs built in zero-gravity orbiting space stations, a solar system wide human culture, genetically engineered telepath protagonists (which were spawned by time-travelling humans from the future inv...
6 Stars! 7 even!This book is a cross between The Lies of Lock Lamora, the movie Oceans 11, Neuromancer and the Moon is a Harsh Mistress.The first third is good, the second third is better and the final third of the book is Epic. Trent the Uncatchable is one of the best characters in Science Fiction. If you are a Science Fiction fan and you have not read this book (and the rest of the continuing time series) then there is a hole in your library. Fill that hole today!
"The Crystal Wind is the Storm, and the Storm is Data, and the Data is Life."The whole book is basically one giant chase scene, from downtown New York City to orbit, to the Moon. All the while our hero, Trent The Thief (mind the capitals) is busy running from the Peace Keeping Force, and determined to steal things. Great scenes and quotes abound.
A roller coaster, fun read compared to the first book in this series. Trent is a great character; you almost can't help rooting for him. Keys-Moran took a more straightforward approach with this book as well, which I appreciated. Fewer interludes from future oddities. Anyway, well worth the read, and I'd almost say you could skip the first and still enjoy this one.
One of my favorite books. Underdog style hero mixed with (at the time of writing) plausible future happenings. The author is particularly good at making assumed background knowledge seem real. Still a good read ~20 years later. Of course, some of that may be nostalgia.
If you can find a copy of this book -often in a used bookshop - by all means pick it up and read it right away. I've read it at least four times and it continues to hold my interest if I pick it up again. There's a point to the story, but mostly its narrative, narrative, narrative.
Was reluctant to read this book because I struggled thru Green Eyes, but I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the story, and enjoyed the references back to Green Eyes, refreshing my memory. The writing style is choppy for me, but I had a much easier time following along with this book.
Probably the most fun volume of the continuing time series so far, mainly because it leaves the aliens out of things, mostly, and focuses on Trent the Uncatchable, who's always a lot of fun. Keys Moran is clearly more comfortable with this aspect of his mythos.
The series gets better!The pacing is insistent, the characters becoming more and more real. Definitely worth moving on to the next book. Still a bit too much info-dumping but forgivable. Trent remind me a bit of Ender.
This was such a fun read! A lot different from Emerald Eyes, this story focuses on the adventures of Trent the Uncatchable as he tries to escapes the peaceforcers that still hunt the Castanaveras genies. I cannot express how badly I want these novels to be on audiobook.
I'm halfway through, writing is good and consistent with the first one, but I am not really interested in Trent and the other genies like I was about Carl, I was just attached to him and there is nothing wrong with the book, but I am not finishing it
A Gripping StoryThis is the second in the Continuing Time series and I suggest reading them in sequence. I enjoyed this second novel even more than the first. Good character development and skilled writing. Engaging action.
This is one of my all time favorite sci-fi's, it has a thief, flying cars, and great characters.