The Automatic Detective



[Epub] ➞ The Automatic Detective Author A. Lee Martinez – E17streets4all.co.uk Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it s hard for a robot to make his way It s even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring man Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it s hard for a robot to make his way It s even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring The Automatic MOBI :ò mankind to its knees But Mack s not interested in world domination He s just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn t just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just can t catch a breakWhen Mack s neighbors are kidnapped, Mack sets off on a journey through the dark alleys and gleaming skyscrapers of Empire City Along the way, he runs afoul of a talking gorilla, a brainy dame, a mutant lowlife, a little green mob boss, and the secret conspiracy at the heart of Empire s founders not to mention trouble than he bargained for What started out as one missing family becomes a battle for the future of Empire and every citizen that calls her home.The Automatic Detective

A Lee Martinez was born in El Paso, Texas At the age of eighteen, for no apparent reason, he started writing novels Thirteen short years and a little over a dozen manuscripts later, his first novel, Gil s All Fright The Automatic MOBI :ò Diner, was published His hobbies include juggling, games of all sorts, and astral projecting Also, he likes to sing along with the radio when he s in the car by himself.

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    The Automatic Detective PDF/EPUB í The Automatic Along the way, he runs afoul of a talking gorilla, a brainy dame, a mutant lowlife, a little green mob boss, and the secret conspiracy at the heart of Empire s founders not to mention trouble than he bargained for What started out as one missing family becomes a battle for the future of Empire and every citizen that calls her home."/>
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  • The Automatic Detective
  • A. Lee Martinez
  • English
  • 22 January 2017

10 thoughts on “The Automatic Detective

  1. says:

    Self preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them A bot had to find his own way and I d figured out that functioning for function s sake was pointless The real question was finding a directive worth getting scrapped for Mack Megaton was at the bottom of the sludge heap of Empire City, a city where weird sci Self preservation was a basic directive, but there wasn t a robot functioning that prioritized it at the top of the list Like biologicals all robots were seeking a purpose Autos and drones were lucky enough to have that built into them A bot had to find his own way and I d figured out that functioning for function s sake was pointless The real question was finding a directive worth getting scrapped for Mack Megaton was at the bottom of the sludge heap of Empire City, a city where weird science and toxic chemicals were turning biologicals into all kinds of interesting mutants His best friend is a talking, book reading addicted Gorilla The guy that keeps him out of trouble is a rodent biological by the name of Detective Sanchez Mack is driving a cab and damn lucky to have that job instead of being in pieces at the spare part boneyard You see, he tried to take over the world It wasn t his fault he was programmed for world domination He was supposed to bring biologicals to their knees His creator was obviously brilliant, but something went wrongThat defective electronic brain of yours is too prone to sentimentality, concerned with certain illogical motivations They assumed you were the next step in their evolution, yet they can t reconcile the apparently randomization of your behavior He is still a cold calculating machine, but he is developing really bad habits that are traits only biologicals haveOf course they d known I was lying That was okay It was one of the marks of sentience, the ability to distinguish reality from fantasy and still indulge in fantasy In other words I lied, therefore I thought When in Rome, right He is on his way to full citizenship if he can just stay out of trouble.He can t do it.Mack decides to try and find a missing family of biologicals and soon finds himself up to his neck screws in trouble Sam Spade with a spade for a face Even before he pulls on the pin stripe suit of a private detective, he has Dame with a capital D problems, a four armed mutant trying to Burn him a new exhaust port, and a telekinesic arsehole putting a virus into his software He had him by the directives As if it isn t hard enough just being a bot I absolutely blew through this book I was looking for something breezy with a zing, and this fit the bill perfectly The action is non stop The robot hardboiled dialogue was fresh and at times had me laughing out loud I was hoping that A Lee Martinez had written a follow up book, but as far as I can tell, this is it folks Irresistible, great fun If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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    Adams Chandler Jambalaya aka The Automatic Detective Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci fi universe seasoned with mutant inducing radiation.Remove family, leaving well oiled universe.In the same universe, saut e A seven hundred sixteen pound robot cab driver trying to keep a low profile until he clears probation One genius blonde dame with a thing for robots One overworked mutant detective who resembles a white ratCook until tender, or at least everybody understand Adams Chandler Jambalaya aka The Automatic Detective Gently brown one abducted family in heavy cast iron sci fi universe seasoned with mutant inducing radiation.Remove family, leaving well oiled universe.In the same universe, saut e A seven hundred sixteen pound robot cab driver trying to keep a low profile until he clears probation One genius blonde dame with a thing for robots One overworked mutant detective who resembles a white ratCook until tender, or at least everybody understands they have a case to solve.Stir in liquid from a jazz club, a seedy flophouse and a penthouse suite Season with small time thug, one female cybernetic psychologist and a handful of broken arms all from the same thug Return family to pot, and simmer in secret location while covered for an hour.Bring to boil and add two factions of feuding aliens.Cover and simmer without stirring may use big guns, a bot with a Brooklynese accent and a sentient gorilla The dish is finished when the aliens have cooked.Truly a delightful dish The initial chapters have a great take on the noir detective book, but instead of a jaundiced, rough detective, the lead is an emotion impaired bot who has been subjected to the Freewill Glitch, an unpredictable error imbuing robots with ability to override programming Don t you just love that free will is called a glitch Martinez cleverly hamstrings the virtually indestructible robot by limiting his power through immense electrical costs, demanding careful energy management Action starts off quickly within the first few pages, allowing development of the robot character as he mulls his interpretations and actions in a thoroughly Sam Spade way Like the noir detective, the best intentions soon draw him into a path that shakes up his routine but empty life I worried we were headed into silliness when the gorilla appeared, but truly, Martinez is able to keep the focus on the plot even as his tongue is firmly in cheek He is able to create the feel of the emotionally drained noir detective in a thoroughly delightful way Once the noir atmosphere and character development is fully underway, Martinez begins throwing curveballs and dastardly evil villains at our hero, and then it gets truly odd The bot character ends up being a great anchor through the fantastical, as he negotiates the very real challenges of friendship, ethics and complex decision making A fast read, and one I will plan to re read at some point, as I dream of electric sheep or at least of Martinez writing a sequel

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    Damn, some days I wished I d been made a toaster.Mack Megaton is a robot He s built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I to find them.The first half of the book moves much like a standard detective novel There s delightfully crackly dialogue, and some great descriptions of a city in decline Crime was a dirty public secret in Empire No one talked about it, and if you listene Damn, some days I wished I d been made a toaster.Mack Megaton is a robot He s built for destruction, but spends his days driving a cab When his neighbor and her family go missing, Mack steps out from behind the wheel, and turns amateur P.I to find them.The first half of the book moves much like a standard detective novel There s delightfully crackly dialogue, and some great descriptions of a city in decline Crime was a dirty public secret in Empire No one talked about it, and if you listened to the Learned Council, you d think Empire was a shining utopia of order and decency True, there were plenty of districts where a citizen could live in complete safety, where police were omnipresent, reliable, and completely effective, where no one ever got mugged or slapped around, or murdered Then there was the rest of the city. In a town where technology was supposed to be the answer to all society s ills, there were plenty of ills to go around.Just like Sam Spade, Mack investigates leads and interrogates suspects, albeit suspects who have tentacles and or extra limbs.Not that I wanted to hurt Ringo His bones snapped too easily to give me much satisfaction Have it your way But I don t have much time, and you ve got a lot of arms The second half of the book is an action lover s wet dream filled with robot smashing exploits and Godzilla like monsters All of a sudden, Mack s search for one family has led to the discovery of a sinister plot that threatens all of mankind.I started the countdown Less than one day before people started dying in the thousands.This fun and unusual read is the September selection for the Pulp Fiction Group There s still plenty of time for you to join us for this read

  4. says:

    This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first For review of The Long Way Down please check hereNoir mystery theme checklist First person POV investigator passed Title had suggested it And the POV s voice sometimes logical when he was talking with organic life forms, but other times rel This novel is blending noir mystery with quasi science fiction theme and a surprisingly rather humorous story Noir and humor in one story, difficult mix As I read this novel alongside The Long Way Down, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first For review of The Long Way Down please check hereNoir mystery theme checklist First person POV investigator passed Title had suggested it And the POV s voice sometimes logical when he was talking with organic life forms, but other times relatively illogical when he was talking with other robot is slowly growing on me Femme fatale not quite passed There is a strong attractive female, but not dangerously seductive for protagonist Smoking drinking Not the main character Robots only need power supply Complex far fetched plots passed It is a must to make noir theme A bit slow at first third Bleak view of humanity passed, plus robot type of life forms gives not so overused view Urban location fictitious city, but pretty much in a heavily populated city Witty dialogues passed Similar with bleak view of humanity.The plot takes time to build The first third was heavy with telling explanations Because telling the background is common in noir, maybe it is a good strategy to make story in noir style.But when the action started kicking, it was a fun adventure The protagonist is one of a kind sophisticated prototype battle bot With that kind of binding contract from the author, it was a promise to deliver some heavy fights I just don t like the lead female character, she is so Mary Sue view spoiler She has a thing for robots and mutants And she is young beautiful rich scientist and will do anything for the main character Too convenience hide spoiler The funny thing is, the climax and epilogue of this novel was also similar with The Long Way Down view spoiler The protagonist and his friends attacked the building where the antagonists were doing their vital project hide spoiler

  5. says:

    One of the first books I ve discovered through Goodreads I don t normally ask for recommendations my TBR pile will last me a couple of years , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here Lucky me R Daneel Oliwav is one of my all time favorite characters in SF, and I read each Robot books by Asimov 3 or 4 times already Mack Megaton is not that kind of robot though He s the ultimate killing machine, designed by a mad s One of the first books I ve discovered through Goodreads I don t normally ask for recommendations my TBR pile will last me a couple of years , but I was in the mood for something fun, and I picked A Lee Martinez from the comedy shelf of one of my friends here Lucky me R Daneel Oliwav is one of my all time favorite characters in SF, and I read each Robot books by Asimov 3 or 4 times already Mack Megaton is not that kind of robot though He s the ultimate killing machine, designed by a mad supervillain to be unstoppable and to enjoy smashing things up and squeezing throats until the eyes pop out and the tongues turn purple That is, until he developed the Freewill Glitch and refused to follow orders to kill Now he is applying for citizenship of the most progressive metropolis on Earth Empire city and makes a poor living as a taxi driver.The plot and the dialogue are vintage Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, transplanted to a futuristic setting of chemical and radioactive waste, mutant humans, miniature gadgets, powerful and mysterious ganglords, cynical policemen and blonde bombshells For all his artificial intelligence detachment and cold analytical power, Mack has really mastered the staccatto delivery of short sentences and the wisecracks of a classic gumshoe detective, so his soon acquired wardrobe of pinstripe suit, fedora and mackintosh is entirely appropriate His style of solving problems may haveto do with bulldozing through every obstacle than clever deductions, but it proves nevertheless effective The metal man even gets a romantic interest in a socialite beauty that hides genius level technological talents and a passion for nuts and bolts The finale was spectacular in an explosive, over the top way think Godzilla and Mission Impossible directed by Kevin Smith.The novel was a fun ride from start to finish, but it also shows surprising and pleasant depth in the characters and in the debate of artificial intelligence and morality The writing isthan adequate in the mixing of classic noir with science fiction A Lee Martinez is now added to my list of serious humorists like Christopher Moore, Terry Pratchett, Spider Robinson, Jim C Hines, Douglas Adams etc

  6. says:

    This book makes my brain hurt It s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s If that doesn t make your head spin, you re not a biological as they say in this world.Our hero is Mack Megaton, a 716 lb robot, built by an evil criminal mastermind to be an enforcer but now working as a cabbie in Empire, aka Mutantburg Robotville The Big Gray Haze, or The City That Never Functions When one of his human friends This book makes my brain hurt It s a story published in 2008, set in the future but written in a 1940s noir style from the point of view of someone in the 1970s If that doesn t make your head spin, you re not a biological as they say in this world.Our hero is Mack Megaton, a 716 lb robot, built by an evil criminal mastermind to be an enforcer but now working as a cabbie in Empire, aka Mutantburg Robotville The Big Gray Haze, or The City That Never Functions When one of his human friends and her children get kidnapped by a four armed mutant, Mack sets out to track them down and rescue them What really makes this story is the author s keen ear for dry noir humor and his tongue in cheek style ability to create a world where a beautiful dame like Lucia Napier, could fall for a big, and I mean big, bot like Mack I also loved how Martinez slipped in the cynical philosophizing that is a quintessential part of all noir fiction After all,A bot had to find his own way, and I d figured out that functioning for function s sake was pointless The real question was finding a directive worth getting scrapped for 4 stars FYI On a 5 point scale I assign stars based on my assessment of what the book needs in the way of improvements 5 Stars Nothing at all If it ain t broke, don t fix it 4 Stars It could stand for a few tweaks here and there but it s pretty good as it is 3 Stars A solid C grade Some serious rewriting would be needed in order for this book to be considered great or memorable 2 Stars This book needs a lot of work A good start would be to change the plot, the character development, the writing style and the ending 1 Star The only thing that would improve this book is a good bonfire

  7. says:

    Look, I wrote a detective novel No one reads those any People likemodern things nowadays Robots and suchlike Robots, eh With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame wastrouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I had ever seen, right up to here. Just need to edit this a bit and With just one scan, I knew in a microsecond that this biological wastrouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs in my memory banks, Look, I wrote a detective novel No one reads those any People likemodern things nowadays Robots and suchlike Robots, eh With just glance at her, I knew in a second that this dame wastrouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs I had ever seen, right up to here. Just need to edit this a bit and With just one scan, I knew in a microsecond that this biological wastrouble than she was worth, even if she did have the longest legs in my memory banks, right up to here. there Um, why is your robot detective still talking about her legs BECAUSE HE WAS PROGRAMMED THAT WAY OK Ok, whatever Calm down

  8. says:

    4.5 Name s Mack Megaton I m a bot Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it This is a ridiculously entertaining story You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose He is one of a kind bot, though Built as an almost invincible war machine, he is on probation for a full citizenship in Empire Cityif your ideal tomorrow was a sprawling, impersonal city with rampant pollution, unchecked mutation, and dangerous and unreliable weird science 4.5 Name s Mack Megaton I m a bot Or automated citizen, as the Learned Council liked to phrase it This is a ridiculously entertaining story You follow a huge bot Mack Megaton on his journey to find his purpose He is one of a kind bot, though Built as an almost invincible war machine, he is on probation for a full citizenship in Empire Cityif your ideal tomorrow was a sprawling, impersonal city with rampant pollution, unchecked mutation, and dangerous and unreliable weird science, then I guess you would be right at homeFouryears to go He even visits a therapist Mack goes from working as a cab driverthe biggest ethical dilemma I d suffered was whether to take a few extra turns to jack up a fareto something wayserious He even finds true friends and maybe even a girlfriend He also learns to trust This story is funny as hell Mack and his thoughts or comments on various topics are hilarious.Just a couple of thoseIf I d been paranoid, I might ve assumed the dispatcher didn t like me Especially since every shirt he owned had a patch for the Biological Rights League stitched on the pocket Messy business, biological existence All fluids and tissues and passing DNA around in some vain hope that it d produce something useful There were odd paintings on the wall, full of shapes and colors but all abstract and unrecognisable Somewhere a six year old finger painter was making a fortune In the messy business of biological evolution, defective designs were inevitable It wasn t much different than robots, except we got to learn our lesson after one or two unsatisfactory prototypes But biologicals, they just kept churning out the useless onesMack and complimentsI look exquisite, Mack I nodded Like you re going to church Or maybe a very casual funeralMack and romanceShe stepped beside me, and we silently admired the view for seventy seconds One sixth of a second from confused to idiot I stood beside her We enjoyed the view for twenty five secondsIf it weren t for a therapist s unfortunate and distracting name one mention was too many , this would be perfect

  9. says:

    Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci fi and cynical humour.Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with the Freewill Glitch who s in the process of applying for citizenship Empire City is home to all kinds of mutations, in addition to Mack the former killing machine gone straight his cab driving buddy Jung is a monkey and his friend Sanchez Being the first adventure of Mack Megaton, Private Eye The Automatic Detective is a combination of The Maltese Falcon and Iron Man, a wicked blend of hardboiled noir, fantastic sci fi and cynical humour.Set in the fictional Empire City, Mack is a robot with the Freewill Glitch who s in the process of applying for citizenship Empire City is home to all kinds of mutations, in addition to Mack the former killing machine gone straight his cab driving buddy Jung is a monkey and his friend Sanchez the chief of police is furry with a tail There are still normal biological entities, norms , kicking about, Mack s neighbour Julie is one of them but her daughter is psychic and now they ve been abducted and Mack is ready to destroy even himself to guarantee their safe return.It s a really interesting world that A Lee Martinez has built for his novel and a neat concept with plenty of room for development if he chooses to take the popular route to unit shifting and creates an ongoing franchise Mack is a fun character, his internal conflict between logic and freewill is one ripe with humour and observations of the fallible nature of man, the very nature of his construction leads to some great action sequences of vivid description too Although there s some obvious and lazy plot developments, a beautiful woman science genius just happens to take an interest in Mack, giving him free upgrades etc but that s minor quibbling in what was otherwise a thoroughly entertaining read

  10. says:

    This is a classic detective novel think Chandler Hammet told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city think Stan Lee on a bender After that things get even stranger, but that s OK It made me laugh think in equal proportions the action never stopped Mack s comments on biologicals, their propensity for bulk fueling, disposal of the used product, inefficient mating drives were great Electricity cold logic work for him, except when This is a classic detective novel think Chandler Hammet told from the point of view of Mack Megaton, a sentient robot in a futuristic cesspool of a city think Stan Lee on a bender After that things get even stranger, but that s OK It made me laugh think in equal proportions the action never stopped Mack s comments on biologicals, their propensity for bulk fueling, disposal of the used product, inefficient mating drives were great Electricity cold logic work for him, except when the Glitch consciousness gets in the way There s even a femme fatale of sorts.If it sounds like a train wreck, it kind of was, but a really fascinating one This won t work for everyone, but it somehow hit all the right buttons for me I was tempted to give it 5 stars The dialog, characters, all were just fantastic I can t recommend it highly enough.I saw this as the group read in the Pulp Fiction grouphttps www.goodreads.com topic show

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