So Enjoyably Funny
5 out of 5 stars
Moon Cops on the Moon is, I believe, the 42nd review of a Phipps book. That’s… insane to me. Not only to have written that many books (which by itself is amazing), but to have read so many books by the same author. That being said, when I saw this one was coming soon – I got really excited. I always get excited when I see books from him, but this one really caught my attention. It’s one of the rare books that doesn’t seem to be set in the same multiverse as his others. But the world felt just as fleshed out and wonderfully screwed up.
Moon Cops on the Moon was a story about a good cop coming to a place that seems to either eat up cops or reveal how corrupt they are. The story opens with him losing all of his money and being jumped for a bounty he had no idea existed. We quickly meet his partner(s) and have one of the funniest scenes in a Phipps book. When Lucy is reading him the data she has on her tablet and reveals the different colors for different things (how “good” of a cop he is, how many cases he solved, and some other very personal information I won’t spoil) — I was cracking up. Both Neal’s reactions and how flustered he gets were just comedy gold.
Speaking of comedy gold mixed with the best idea in a book ever. One of Neal’s partners is a talking sentient robotic Corgi. Seriously, he’s a bit hidden on the front of the cover but once you see him he steals the entire story. Literally one of the funniest, most ironic (you have to read to understand the irony), and just perfect sidekicks for this style of story. I was thrilled to see both the pop culture references and the comedy in this story. Phipps can pull off stories without them (see my review of the recently released Wraith King for an example of that), but when he can include them AND be snarky like Neal’s character was… it’s perfection.
Overall, Moon Cops on the Moon was one of those stories that as soon as I finished it I was wondering who I should share it with. It just ticked every box I had for the type of story I love. And it felt like he could very easily do more with both the world and the characters. I’m not kidding when I say that I would read an entire story on Barksley. He won my heart and I want to know more about him (even if he’s AI). He was almost pure comic relief and it was perfect.
Also, I rarely highlight passages anymore since I read so much, but I bought the Kindle edition on launch day because I knew I was going to love this story (spoiler, I loved it even more than I thought I would), but I wanted to share one of the moments that made me smile and one that had me dying — I will probably only keep these on the blog since Amazon won’t really like me quoting the book directly).
“The woman’s Amazonian physique wasn’t limited to her muscular frame, though, and I don’t want to be one of those creepy guys who spends paragraphs describing how hot a person they just met was.”
“Please tell me that guy isn’t actually a cop and is just an escaped mental patient we’re waiting on social services to pick up.” “I’m afraid asshole isn’t a recognized mental condition,””
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 Westenra. 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.Moon Cops on the Moon by CT Phipps
Narrator: Alex Freeman
Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
Series: Moon Cops #1
Published by Crossroad Press on December 2nd 2023
Genres: Science Fiction
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Also by this author: Cthulhu Armageddon, Agent G: Infiltrator, The Tower of Zhaal, Lucifer's Star
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