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In this dark and gripping sci-fi noir, an exiled police detective arrives at a lunar penal colony just as a psychotic android begins a murderous odyssey across the far side of the moon.Purgatory is the lawless moon colony of eccentric billionaire, Fletcher Brass: a mecca for war criminals, murderers, sex fiends, and adventurous tourists. You can’t find better drugs, cheapeIn this dark and gripping sci-fi noir, an exiled police detective arrives at a lunar penal colony just as a psychotic android begins a murderous odyssey across the far side of the moon.Purgatory is the lawless moon colony of eccentric billionaire, Fletcher Brass: a mecca for war criminals, murderers, sex fiends, and adventurous tourists. You can’t find better drugs, cheaper plastic surgery, or a more ominous travel advisory anywhere in the universe. But trouble is brewing in Brass’s black-market heaven. When an exiled cop arrives in this wild new frontier, he immediately finds himself investigating a string of ruthless assassinations in which Brass himself—and his equally ambitious daughter—are the chief suspects.Meanwhile, two-thousand kilometers away, an amnesiac android, Leonardo Black, rampages across the lunar surface. Programmed with only the notorious “Brass Code”—a compendium of corporate laws that would make Ayn Rand blush—Black has only one goal in mind: to find Purgatory and conquer it.Visual, visceral, and tons of fun, The Dark Side fuses hard science with brutal crime and lunar adventure. It’s an intense, stylish, and action-packed thriller with a body count to match....

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The Dark Side Reviews

  • Kemper
    2018-10-17 01:55

    I received a free copy of this from NetGalley.Only human beings would look at a lifeless hunk of rock in a vacuum and think, “This place is too dull. We should spice it up by making it a haven for the worst of humanity, and then it could also be a cesspool for crime and corruption.”Purgatory is a colony on the far side of the moon founded and controlled by a wealthy tycoon named Fletcher Brass who left Earth because he was about to be prosecuted for various crimes, and that makes it perfect for any anyone else trying to avoid a prison sentence. It’s also a tourist destination where money can buy drugs, surgery, sex, privacy, or pretty much any depraved thing a person might be looking for. What happens in Purgatory stays in Purgatory.Damien Justus was an honest cop on Earth which earned him a face full of acid as a reward as well as a target on his family so he’s come to Purgatory to hopefully avoid further repercussions. The assassination of one of Brass’ top officials is his first case, and he quickly learns that he can’t count on the corrupt police force. He also realizes that he’s probably being used as a pawn in a battle for power between Brass and his upstart daughter.In a parallel story we follow the adventures of an android as he journeys across the moon towards Purgatory. He’s been downloaded with the Brass Code, a set of pithy declarations created by Brass that are essentially boasts about how willing he is to be a selfish asshole to gain and keep power that would make Donald Trump seem low-key and rational by comparison. Unfortunately, the android’s literal interpretations of the code mean that he gruesomely murders almost everyone he meets. This is an interesting hybrid of several genres. There’s obviously the sci-fi elements, and O’Neill delivers there with a great setting and a well thought out society. He does enough world building to make the idea of a seedy crime-ridden moon colony seem real, and the depictions of things happening outside on the moon’s surface are equally compelling. There’s enough hard science here to ground it and make it feel authentic, but it never does info-dumps to the point of boredom.It’s also a noirsh mystery, and the story of one good cop facing a rich bastard who controls everything is a familiar concept that feels fresh in this setting. My favorite parts involve the killer android because once you realize how this thing is going about its business those sections read like a horror movie as it relentlessly pursues its goal, and its twisted personality becomes genuinely creepy so that every interaction he has with anyone will keep you on the edge of your seat as you wait for him to start his usual crazy murder spree.The writing style and pacing keep the whole story cooking along, and even minor supporting characters are fleshed out very well with quick backstories. There’s also an underlying dark humor to the whole thing that I appreciated. Overall, it’s an entertaining and well written story that should appeal to fans of sci-fi, hard boiled mysteries, and killer robots.

  • Vivian
    2018-11-07 22:33

    <<>> SHOULD have made GR's Best Awards nominees for Science Fiction <<>>Welcome to PurgatoryOn the Dark Side of the Moon, the far side that never sees Earth is a world less inhibited than our own. Less inhibited, less super ego, and less lawful. A bastion for those hunted on Earth, a thriving Mecca of corruption and unbridled excess--unless it interferes with someone important, like Brass.It looks a lot like a Las Vegas version of ancient Mesopotamia. The exposition has a tour guide quality to it, one can almost hear the tinny voice over the speakers as relevant facts are detailed to the reader summarily. It works well at creating that disembodied sense and distrust of the mechanical delivery, which plays brilliantly into the story itself. Fletcher Brass is the iron fist ruling Purgatory. He is a self-made man living by a code, the Brass Code. It is very Hegelian Superman and not Ayn Rand, that blurb comment seemed to be a lure; it's more Milken than Rand.Purgatory is a restless place with the denizens adopting a laissez-faire attitude. The city itself is a mishmash of pre-Christian architecture; Ancient Near East fans will get a kick out of all the references in Sin, the main city. There's a new guy in town: Damien Justus.Damien Justus, great name, the one who tames and is just. Perfect for a cop. The characters names are hysterical: Nat U. Reilly, Dash Chin, Dr. Janus. In context, they are both punny and a critique. Let's just say that it's been awhile since residents have seen a cop like him. Hard science fiction fans: Enough legit science to make people happy. Seriously, I feel much more well versed in lunar procedures. And might I add that it was a delight to not see the same 10,000 words used; in fact, I collected a few of my favorites: sintered, hummocky, internecine, lugubrious, caroms, ablative.So for a book with a body count that exceeded my fingers and toes it was pretty funny. Really. The humor is dry, even campy at times, but psychotic. Probably says all kinds of things about me that I enjoyed this immensely. The violence is rendered with such an amoral compass that it's hard to be upset, rather I just watched as it blithely happened. Needless to say, with all the deaths someone has to be in charge of investigating and that's Justus. There is a good bit of strategizing and gamesmanship employed--Win. And it is a wild ride as we traverse Purgatory dashing from murder to murder. All things must come to an end though, and I took a perverse pleasure at the inevitable. My biggest fear is that the end would be disappointing after all the theatrics--Nope. *Big smile*Overall, a nonstop, murder-filled lunar romp with chess masters.~~ARC provided by Netgalley~~--<>--<>--<>--<>--<>--<>--<>--ARC is all mine, baby. I'm like a rooster that escaped the axe--Excited!Words like psychotic android, lunar penal colony, murderous odyssey, and Ayn Rand are an irresistible trail of crumbs. Sci-fi noir--yum.

  • Bradley
    2018-10-19 05:40

    I've never met a more polite or sex-crazed (at least verbally) android upon the moon, and I've read about a lot of androids on the moon.Seriously, this is kinda the perfect mixture of traditional mystery meeting an SF adventure. We've got all the world building elements of seedy communities accessible only with a great deal of difficulty or by monorail if you're lucky, crime bosses who are literally a world away from the authorities, and of course, since we're dealing with a mystery, that ONE INCORRUPTIBLE COP.Lol. How delightfully traditional. :)So yeah, if you enjoy mob bosses and robots and indiscriminate murder and unimaginable ambition mixed with an investigation and tons of corruption, this book might just be perfect for you. :)Mr. Black is easily one of my favorite robots in literature now. :) He just has that certain something, you know, Sir? lol

  • Raeleen Lemay
    2018-10-25 03:50

    DNF'd on page 127This book isn't bad, I'm just not all that interested in the plot. I was loving the android, but he's not in this enough to keep me interested.

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2018-10-30 05:51

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2016/06/21/...If you enjoy gritty and dark, violent futuristic sci-fi mystery thrillers, then The Dark Side by Anthony O’Neill will be just the book for you. O’Neill works crime, sex, drugs, and a psychotic murdering android into a full-on non-stop plot, and that’s just to name a handful of the topics covered in this book.In The Dark Side, two key narrative threads can be discerned, but even though they are fundamentally related to each other, the connections won’t become clear until later on. In one storyline, Lieutenant Damien Justus has come to Purgatory, a lunar territory founded by megalomaniac billionaire-in-exile Fletcher Brass. Its capital, appropriately called Sin, has been turned into a haven for fugitives and other undesirables from Earth who have come to the moon to escape their old lives. It is the only place where the shadier your record is, the better the chance you’ll be let in. Even the police here have dodgy backgrounds.Justus, however, is the patently incorruptible good cop who has just arrived from Earth, and he’s just the kind of guy Purgatory needs to clean things up. To him, no one is above the law—and no exceptions. He is immediately given the lead role in the investigation of a string of assassinations targeting the movers and shakers of lunar society. Fletcher Brass quickly shoots to the top of the list of prime suspects, naturally. So does his daughter, the manipulative and magnetic woman known as QT Brass. But while PPD is content to just look the other way, Justus most definitely is not.Meanwhile, far from Purgatory in the Seidel Crater, the second storyline has begun. A black-haired, black-eyed, black-tied, black-suited homicidal droid takes his first steps towards self-discovery and a two-thousand kilometer journey of death and destruction, all the while spewing forth such mottos as “It’s good to have a rival. It’s even better to crack his skull”, “Friends help you get there. Everyone else is vermin” or “Smile. Smile. Smile. Kill. Smile.”Those damn creepy androids.All in all I really enjoyed this fresh and addictive mystery, notwithstanding a few stylistic choices that I found peculiar, such as the frequent cutaway shots to a second-person narrative mode—a form used here I believe for the sole purpose of giving the audience a quick-and-dirty overview of the big picture. And you know what? I liked what I saw, in spite of myself. The setting in which all of these characters pound away is an incredibly rich and vivid one, considering this story takes place entirely on the desolate surface of the moon. Reading about Sin in Purgatory made me think of a city a lot like Vegas—that is, if all the hotels and casinos on the Strip were to replace their individual themes with ancient Babylonian motifs and you dialed up the seediness to 11. This is pure noir, set in a world drenched in lawlessness and “wild frontier” vibes.I also found this blend of styles at once interesting and effective at creating a palpable sense of foreboding. The book alternates between very different atmospheres, from the extremely sordid, extremely loud streets of Sin to the deep, dark, chilling emptiness of the lunar wasteland. Justus’s perspective made for some very tense, anticipatory chapters that got the gears in my head grinding, while the android Leonardo Black’s chapters were straight-up gorefests that were so shocking and freaky that they sometimes got too hard to read. O’Neill is really good at writing scenes that capture the sheer intensity of the moment, not to mention the ruthless and demented manner of the rogue android. The book was also well-paced, drawing the reader into the story by degrees. Before I knew it, I was sweeping through the pages. The story was fun to read and it was a joy to watch all its elements fall into place in the end.Dark humor, uncanny science, futuristic tech noir and full-throttle tensions are all deftly married together in this wild and thrilling ride. The Dark Side would be a perfect choice for fans of sci-fi who might also be looking for a hard-boiled detective mystery with an edge sharp enough to cut. O’Neill proves inventive in his prose style, and there is a curious artfulness and elegance to his characters even when they are written to be fodder for a killer robot. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more by this author!

  • Nino
    2018-11-11 06:54

    Kad sam bio majeni i gledao Blade Runnera, doživio sam ga iznimno dosadnim iskustvom i zadrijemao gledajući ga. Prije nekoliko godina, kad je izašla nekakva ultimativna verzija filma s fantastičnim slikom i zvukom, mislio sam si hajde sad ću više ocijeniti ovaj kultni spektakl, a kad ono - opet mi je uspjelo zadrijemati, jer film ima jednostavno dosadan ton. Boring!No kakve to veze ima s ovom knjigom... Pa, kao i u slučaju Blade Runnera, i ovdje je policajac i android i oni se pred kraj filma love, ali to je samo jedna nit priče, i sve zajedno svakako nije dosadno kao Blade Runner. Ne sjećam se kada sam bio bolje uvučen u neku priču...Pošteni new-guy policajac imenom Justus (get it? ;) dolazi na Mjesečev teritorij zvan Purgatory u glavni grad Sin sa zadatkom rješavanja ubojstva poznatog znanstvenika. Odmah dolazi na čelo tima istražitelja, i to takvog tima kojem je od svakog posla najteže raditi (hah!) pa Justus mora sve sam. Purgatory, koji se nalazi na tamnoj strani Mjeseca, utočište je za odbjegle prijestupnike i slično ljudsko smeće sa Zemlje koji ovdje svakako prosperiraju u raznom shady biznisu - kockanju, krijumčarenju, kurveraju, operacijama promjene identiteta i slično. Ukratko - sve ono što vole mladi!Na čelu Purgatoryja, nešto poput 'čovjeka u visokom dvorcu', je Fletcher Brass, megalomanski milijarder, križanac, recimo, Elona Muska (radi tehničke potkovanosti) i Donalda Trumpa (koji je asshole). Brass planira let na Mars gdje namjerava i ostati i sumnja da se ostali moćnici žele domoći njegove pozicije u Purgatoryju i upropastiti to mjesto kad njega ne bude. Justusu je Fletcher glavni osumnjičeni misleći da ih želi sve eliminirati, no tu su još i razne terorističke skupine kao i ambiciozna Fletcherova kćer QT.Meanwhile, negdje dalje, pomahnitali android imenom Leonardo Black, koji je u nekom istraživačkom centru skrenuo sa svojih električnih krugova i doživio amneziju, odlazi u ubilački pohod vodeći se tzv. Brass codeom, skupinom pravila i filozofija pisanih od samog Fletchera Brassa, poput "Smile. Smile. Smile. Kill. Smile" ili "Don't Break the Law. Break the Law." Black sebe naziva Čarobnjakom i misli da mu je zadatak domoći se Oz-a i ubiti kralja i sebe postaviti na tron. Scene s Blackom su zaista smiješne, poput one kad se vozi mjesečevim autobusom sa skupinom rockera koji ga zadirkivanju radi identiteta i nude mu travu, ili kad ga ispituje religijska sekta da li je on sam Sotona. Hah!Pisanje Anthony O'Neilla je jednostavno fantastično. Kad opisuje likove, imam dojam kao da čitam nečiju stvarnu biografiju, a kad priča o negostoljubivim Mjesečevim mjestima, imam osjećaj kao da se i sam nalazim na hladnom i klaustrofobičnom mjestu tamne strane. Napetost kada jednom liku pušta svemirsko odijelo ili neposredan trenutak kada Black počinje sa svojim ubojstvima zbilja se mogu nožem rezati. Ovdje ima vožnja po mjesečevim kraterima i cestama, čak i vožnje Mustangom iz '67 po slaboj gravitaciji, natjeravanja po gradskim uličicama kojima padaju doslovno balončići kapljica kiše - jer što je noir atmosfera bez 'teške' kiše?Hajde sad netko ekraniziraj ovo!

  • Paul
    2018-11-15 23:45

    this book had suspense and action up the wahoo. that wasnt completely surprising. the humour was more surprising. there were serious paasages i laughed out loud, usually to do with Leonardo black. the overall tone was a fine mix of noir and sci-fi. this book wont be for everyone, there us some graphic violence and language but there is also a balance of brilliant writing.

  • Carly
    2018-10-27 01:26

    "Only a lunatic would live on the Moon.The Moon is a dead rock--eighty-one quintillion tons of dead rock. It's been dead for nearly four billion years. And--inasmuch as a dead rock wants anything--it wants you dead too." So opens The Dark Side, a bold, brash, larger-than-life adventure with the aforementioned lunatics on the dark side of the moon. Exploding goats, discussions of democratic murder, bouncing chases across rooftops--bouncing because of the lower gravity, of course--, men with bowie knives popping up to interrupt informants as they open their mouths to tattle on the villain, rough terrain vehicle chases across moon craters… this book's got it all. In some ways, The Dark Side reminded me of Douglas Adams, if Douglas Adams decided to borrow plot points from Guillermo de Toro and James M. Cain. Like Hitchhiker's Guide, the tone of the book is conversational, repeatedly breaking the fourth wall with explanatory asides to the reader, apparently with the assumption that the reader is a prospective tourist to the moon. The whimsical and punny character names-- Q.T. Brass, Johnny D-Tox, Dash Chin, Prince Oda Universe, etc-- reminded me of Adams as well. However, there is one sharp difference: the level of gore. Since Purgatory started life as a penal colony, the number of immoral characters isn't much of a surprise, but the details of some of their atrocities are still horrifying. Don't get attached to the characters of The Dark Side because in almost every case, here's what's going to happen: the character will be introduced, be humanized (or possibly dehumanized) through a backstory, and then suffer a grisly fate. All within a few pages. Rinse and repeat. Sure, Adams has a pretty high death toll in Dirk Gently and Hitchhiker's Guide, but Adams' deaths are comparatively gentle and mostly happen offscreen, with a whale and a pot of petunias suffering some of the most graphic on-page deaths. (I still feel badly for the whale.) Like Adams or early Pratchett, I think O'Neill is using death as comic relief, but it's something I have difficulty appreciating, particularly since the deaths are often wincingly, breath-catchingly graphic. Unfortunately for me, I don't find death--even the death of sperm whales falling towards a planet--all that funny.At the same time, O'Neill really, really gets the hardboiled/noir vibe. He's got the cheerfully immoral city, the almost admirably egotistical gangster kingpins, the enigmatic femme fatales, the sly wit, and the jaded but earnest detective. Example quintessential hardboiled quote: "He's come to trust the droids implicitly. It's an illusion, of course, because he knows very well that robots can be programmed to betray, but in his experience humans are always programmed to betray."Our protagonist, Damien Justus--pronounced like "Eustace," although no one on the moon seems to believe him-- has just been transferred to the city of Sin, part of Purgatory, on the dark side of the moon. (They tell it like it is in Purgatory. Motto of the city: "There's nothing better than living in Sin.") On his first day of work, he gets a bombing, and while no one on his team seems all that bothered, Justus quickly realizes that the murder may be tangled up in something much, much larger: a conspiracy that will put him in the middle of a power struggle between mob boss Fletcher Brass and his daughter, QT Brass. All too soon, Justus is fencing with the Brass family and their shared "art of preemptive candor" while dodging bullets, escaping hits, and investigating an ever-increasing pile of bodies. Even as Justus remains mired in Sin, a psychotic android is on its way to the city, swiftly internalizing Fletcher' Brass's "Brass Code" into its new moral system: "Never bang your head against a wall. Bang someone else's."If you're in the mood for a crazy, colorful, flamboyant noir space adventure, The Dark Side may be for you.~~I received an advanced reader copy of this ebook from the publisher, Simon & Schuster, in exchange for my honest review. Quotes were taken from an advanced reader copy and while they may not reflect the final phrasing, I believe they speak to the spirit of the novel as a whole.~~Cross-posted on BookLikes.

  • Allison
    2018-10-17 01:39

    This was a WIIIIIIIIIIILD book. Chapters alternate between a lunar-noir-esque investigation into a series of assassinations, the adventures of a murderous and smiley android, and a sort-of travelogue.The Dark Side is like reading Philip K. Dick and Cassandra Rose Clarke, slapped together with a Quentin Tarantino film. It's bloody. It's strangely comical. It's fun. It's a little terrifying. I'm really obsessed with any media concerning androids, so I'm not sure I'm 100% the most reliable reader, BUT THIS IS SUCH A GREAT, ENTERTAINING READ.This was also shockingly hard sci-fi, which I wasn't really expecting, but still accessible enough for me to not feel dumb (NOT a hard sci-fi person- I'm all about that soft sci-fi) and I think thriller fans should enjoy this one too!Thanks to Simon & Schuster for the review copy!

  • Robert
    2018-10-29 05:45

    A psychotic Tin Man android on a murderous romp across the moon, on a quest to find Oz and become The Wizard. A lone cop trying to do an honest job while pitted in the middle of a blood feud. Sinners looking for redemption in a lunar Gomorrah. A potentate seeking immortality who rules with a brass fist.This book really grew on me as I read it. At first, I was a little put off by the fact that it is written in the Present Tenserather than the more usual Past Tense, but I quickly adjusted to it and enjoyed the ride. While the author does show a lot of cleverness, there are spots where he fumbles the ball a bit. For example:Chapter 24, page 177 The author describes a cavernous construction chamber as "... like something out of a James Bond movie." Come on man, that's just being lazy!Chapter 12, page 79 Two characters are introduced, but it is not immediately clear that they are both females. This makes the ensuing conversation with the android a bit confusing at first and takes away from the impact of the scene. It could have been better clarified.But, that is just nit picking on my part, because really, this is a great blending of classic Noir and Sci-Fi and it is a LOT of FUN!It's Mickey Spillane kicking Ben Bova in the balls while getting punched in the nose by Philip K. Dick with Elmore Leonard sitting in the corner laughing!*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review, which I have given freely.

  • Liz Barnsley
    2018-11-09 03:26

    Loved this one – it was dark and violent yet humerous and often human nature insightful – a pretty banging story that fairly rocks along.First of all in the severely creepy stakes comes Leonardo Black, a murderous android. He is CHILLING for sure, as he rampages across the moon, very politely and with due consideration, yet you cross his path at your peril. This layer of the novel appealed very much to MY dark side. I kind of loved Mr Black.The other side of the story is one man on a mission to bring justice to the moon. A job with rather a lot of issues seeing as how the moon happens to harbour the worst of the worst – the author does some intriguing and clever character building alongside some gorgeous and hip descriptive prose to create a beautifully vivid backdrop peppered with fascinating people (and androids) – The Dark Side is a totally immersive novel, one of those you live in the moment.The narrative is intelligently complex , Anthony O’Neill paints pictures with words and there is really addictive quality to this one. The two sides of the story come together explosively for the conclusion and overall it was an entirely enjoyable and fun read. With murderous androids. And explosions and chases and criminally good characters. Spot on. More please.

  • Jane Stewart
    2018-10-31 00:39

    Didn’t work for me.I lost interest. I read 20% and skipped to the end. I’ve loved some sci fi and crime noir stories. But this one just didn’t work for me.Endings are important to me. And I bought this because one reviewer said "There's a good ending, too. I for one did not see it coming, but it was clean, complete, satisfying on every level."Well, for me, the ending was not satisfying.

  • Faith
    2018-11-03 06:42

    Purgatory is a lunar territory founded, and dominated, by Fletcher Brass. The capital of Purgatory is the domed city called Sin. Most of the citizens of Purgatory are fugitives from Earth. QT Brass is Fletcher's 31 year old daughter. Fletcher and QT are constantly outdoing each other in being dishonest, deceitful and completely repellent. This book has very imaginative descriptions of Sin, like the raindrops that "splat like slow-motion water balloons". Parts of Sin feel like they came out of a 1950s cop drama, parts feel like Babylon. Brass has developed a series of rules of business conduct and philosophies called the Brass Code, including: "Never let the fly know when you're going to swat"; "Find Oz. And be the Wizard"; and "If you can't cover your tracks, cover those who see them".Lieutenant Damien Justus is the lone honest cop who has recently come to Sin. He is immediately plunged into investigating a series of murders, including that of an important scientist. Justus joins a strangely disinterested police department headed by an obese buffoon with questionable motives.While the police procedural part of the book is going on, there is a parallel story taking place on the dark side of the moon. A penal colony was established there to both isolate the most horrific criminals on Earth and as an experiment about the physical and psychological effects of long term exposure to the lunar environment on the human body. This part of the plot involves a rogue android named Leonardo Black. Black takes the Brass Code very literally. For a while he is pursued by a suspicious civilian named Plaisance. Some of the Plaisance story reminded me of "The Martian", but I won't tell in what way, because that would be a spoiler. If an android can legitimately be described as delusional, then the word certainly fits Black. After the first few times he encounters humans as he tries to make his way to Sin, we pretty much know what to expect from him. For that reason, I don't think that part of the book worked as well as the police procedural part. The Leonardo Black/ human encounters seemed redundant and pointless until the end of the book. I thought the book was entertaining. I have no idea whether the author is planning on other books set in this world, but I liked Justus and would read another book featuring him.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

  • Xavi
    2018-10-29 04:52

    3'5/5An entertaining novel, often surprising and funny, which uses the moon as a very original setting, and treats the details carefully. Review in english: http://dreamsofelvex.blogspot.com/201...Reseña en castellano: http://dreamsofelvex.blogspot.com/201...

  • Crini
    2018-11-06 05:29

    TBH, I didn't care that much about the general story (which could have done with less info dumping at times) and would have loved to read only from the murdering android's POV because he is hilarious, but it was nice seeing it all merge in the end. Definitely a unique thriller.

  • Caitlen
    2018-11-16 03:38

    DNF at 5%. Maybe I didn't give this one a fair chance, but honestly this felt like I was reading a textbook. Writing style is not for me. At least not when I'm reading for fun. I read enough textbooks for class lol

  • Noah Goats
    2018-11-11 01:27

    The Dark Side is a highly entertaining moon-based science fiction novel. The Lunar world created by Anthony O’Neill is fresh, vivid and a great setting for a novel about a serial killing robot (who apparently represents corporate capitalism run amok) and political intrigue. Darkly funny and built around a good mystery, this novel isn’t dull for a moment.

  • Bryan
    2018-11-02 23:49

    I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. It is the first (and only, thus far) one that I won, and I'm hoping that there isn't some algorithm in place that will preclude me from winning again by giving this book a somewhat negative review!I probably wouldn't have ever come across this book if I hadn't seen it listed as a giveaway. That being said, the plot seemed interesting and I was excited to read it. It was a very quick and easy read. I wouldn't say that I was ever bored with it, by any means, but at the end of the day I just felt that it tried too hard to be too many different things and ultimately failed on multiple levels.You can look at all of the genre tags on this book, but it's basically a combination of sci-fi, crime noir, horror, thriller, and I guess even humor, to an extent? It was never laugh-out-loud funny, but some of the story lines were so ridiculous that they had to be intentionally so.There are really two main, alternating plots in this book that ultimately converge together at the end. In one plot line, Damien Justus (which is absolutely NOT pronounced "justice", which I guess is supposed to be ironic? Other characters in the book have intentionally quirky sounding names, so it wouldn't be unreasonable if Justus were supposed to be pronounced as "justice") is a police detective who recently transferred to Purgatory, a colony on the moon comprised mostly of former criminals and deviants from Earth. Although the story is set in the future, the police infrastructure is very much set in the past. The uniforms and police station sound like they are out of some early 20th-century detective show (you know the one where the detective is wearing a suit and fedora, typing on a typewriter at his wooden desk. A pretty lady in a big hat and overcoat walks into the office and presents a case that she needs to be solved...). Justus takes his job as a cop very seriously, but it is clear from the start that the other officers and the police chief are incredibly corrupt and lazy. They give him a large amount of fake respect and deference, but are basically laughing behind his back because he takes the job so seriously. There is a series of murders/terrorist acts that Justus must try to solve, and he ends up getting in the middle of a power struggle between Purgatory's founder/leader, Fletcher Brass, and his daughter QT Brass (pronounced Cutie). Mr. Brass is a power-hungry megalomaniac who is about to embark upon a mission to Mars, where he intends to live for a while. There will be a power vacuum when he leaves Purgatory, but he doesn't want QT to fill it.In the other plot line, a deranged android is on the loose on the dark side of the moon, and is on a mission to make his way to Purgatory and conquer it. He is programmed with "the Brass Code", which is a series of tenets that Fletcher Brass lives by, most of which are all about gaining power and stomping on anyone that steps in your path. The robot, Leonardo Black, kills virtually everyone who stands in his path to get to Purgatory. Once the 2 plot lines converge, it turns out that Leonardo Black was Mr. Brass' bodyguard, and he was sent away secretly to be programmed to stand in for Brass while he was away. Unfortunately the "evil" parts of the Brass Code were programmed into him before any inhibitors were put into place, which is why Black killed the robotics engineers and escaped for Purgatory.I am probably forgetting a number of crucial things, but that's what happens when I take a few days after finishing a book to write a review. All in all I think my biggest issue with the book is that it doesn't spend much time really developing the characters. Justus, the protagonist, is pretty flat. You get a little insight into his background and personality, but it doesn't run too deep. The book isn't particularly long, but the author bounces around too much to really gain any traction on developing anything very deeply. There are chapters where he starts to develop random people, but then they are killed by the robot by the end of the chapter.Overall I think it was an interesting premise, but it just wasn't all that satisfying in the end.

  • Michael
    2018-11-02 01:41

    Anthony O'Neill's "The Dark Side" is a dark and frequently unpleasant satire about greed, power, corruption, murder, and the meaning of justice in a deeply unjust world. It features a hard-nosed cop named Justus who's been exiled from his homeland for being a little too good at his job. He's been hired by the lawless town of Purgatory -- a sort of Las Vegas/Wild West hybrid -- to bring some professionalism to its police force. Or so he is led to believe. His first big challenge is to figure out who was behind a bombing that leaves several people dead, including one of the key aides of local strongman Fletcher Brass. Unfortunately, Justus has too many suspects, including Brass, his estranged daughter QT, and the mysterious band of terrorists who claim credit for the attack. Meanwhile, somewhere far away, a well-dressed psycho is quietly invading the homes of criminals, engaging them in conversation, and then brutally offing them. Justus, the Brass family, and the serial killer are clearly destined to meet, but not before the stakes for each of them are at their most desperate.If you've seen the cover of "The Dark Side" or read any editorial reviews, you know that Purgatory is on the moon and that the sadistic killer is a malfunctioning android. These facts are relevant, and O'Neill takes pains to convince us that he's done his homework (there are non-fiction references in the Acknowledgements), yet it's the human drama (or tragicomedy) that interests O'Neill; the rest, while not pro forma, is not much more than stage dressing.O'Neill writes well, with both humor and blunt bloody-mindedness. Fletcher Black, the flamboyant and single-minded sociopath who has shaped Purgatory since the beginning is a memorable character, as is the Russian policeman Grigory Kalganov whose grave criminal history doesn't stop him from helping Justus. Even if you don't enjoy the story he tells -- and I mostly didn't -- you can still respect the O'Neill's skills. Bottom line: True to the noir references of some early editorial reviews (e.g., comparisons to Raymond Chandler), this book examines the dark underbelly of society and finds that the rich and powerful are much bigger criminals than the petty thugs, thieves, and murderers they scorn and lock away. Still, "The Dark Side" is not a pleasant read, it's only intermittently engaging, and a lot doesn't add up in the end. I don't recommend it, but I don't dislike it enough to recommend against it.

  • Sana
    2018-10-25 01:27

    This was a lot of fun! Especially because of the android all too happy to wreak havoc on criminals, colonists and researchers on the moon alike. Meanwhile, a law-abiding, seemingly incorruptible lieutenant is caught between a dodgy battle of power he knows nothing about in a city known for its utter lawlessness. That made for quite an interesting read. Even still, some parts of it are predictable which fortunately, the non-stop plot makes up for well enough. The intense violence, absolutely free of any kind of inhibitions, really blows the mind at times (even in a place where it's expected since it's made for shady people by even shadier people). Moreover, the setting keeps changing in terms of atmospheres and imagery so there's always something new to look forward to. It's all clearly well-executed since all of it is happening on a largely desolate surface of the moon. In all, 'lunar gothic' mystery is really the best way to categorize this book.

  • Sara
    2018-10-24 03:44

    If you were to make the DarkNet a real Place, mix it with some Vegas Glam and a narcissistic, all powerful magnat, you get Purgatory - or as his chess-opponent and daughter would call it: Redemption. The Dark Side is an entertaining and realistic* Sci-Fi "crime story", brought to life through the eyes of the police lieutnant Justs and the optic sensors of a highly "evolved" android, both finding their own paths. I thoroughly enjoyed the mood the author builds up by his introductions of each chapter. Things are not easy or convenient as in many space sci-fi, but the phsyics of the moon have an impact in the story. The cast of people is diverse and seems facetted, if you only meet them for a short time or see the world through their eyes. For gamers I'd recommend thinking about the moon in Destiny, to have a great imagination of what the world O'Neill created might look like.*realistic as in is thinkable with the physical laws of our universe, the human condition and is well researched. Of course it is still a story."Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.""Only a lunatic would live on the moon.""All they see is a standard that needs to be emulated. So clearly satire doesn't work."I thank NetGalley for the opportunity to be able to read this book in change for a review.

  • Olga
    2018-10-31 22:42

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.В наличии имеются: принципиально честный детектив, андроид с маниакально-капиталистическими наклонностями ('The love of the money is the root of all progress'), колония преступников на Луне и погоня на луноходах. Для развлечения вполне достойное чтиво.The Dark Side is a decent entertaining Sci fi read, though I felt a bit sad with each chapter, as so many characters were getting killed. Also, I am a bit lost at understanding the big idea behind the book. It easily captures the attention, the author writes fine Sci fi, but I can't say he used this genre possibilities fully.

  • Nima
    2018-11-14 23:40

    4,5*nem tudom, hogy mennyi létjogosultsága van, de akárhányszor megjelent brass, én trumpot láttam magam előtt, pedig messzire kerülöm a politikát. vicces és elgondolkodtató. mmint nem a holdbéli trump, hanem az események meg a személyek. a jellemek és jellemtelenségek.

  • Glen
    2018-10-17 03:54

    The author earned a star for doing such a great job of researching what it would be like to live on the moon. I was completely captivated by all the ways to die listed in the opening. "Regolith" felt like a household word by the end.The far side of the moon is conceivably the worst place to live near earth. A barren rock, permanently cut off from radio contact with the earth, unprotected from solar radiation during the day, cold as the vacuum of space at night, with enough gravity to stand, but not enough to avoid most of the long-term health risks of weightlessness. To live for decades, we probably need more gravity. If we do take to space, we'd do better in a rotating wheel space station if we could build one big enough. We would take short trips to the barren rocks in our solar system to mine/harvest raw materials, but live most of our lives in artificial 1G. Mars might have enough gravity and water to be worth living underground on, but the moon is just another bare rock of misery. If we colonize the moon anyway and the far side would be the ultimate low-rent district, attracting the uncomfortable mix of high-security prison inmates, outlaws, scientists, idealists, rugged opportunists, and tourists that it does in this book.This book is well written. The plot was intriguing and kept me guessing until the end. But character development is very limited. Most characters are introduced and murdered in the same chapter. Thankfully the grisliest details of each murder are left to the reader's imagination. There's no relationship building, no personal growth, and very limited introspection. Even the characters that survive feel more like archetypes than individuals. The cover says this is funny, but I didn't chuckle or laugh out loud. It's more ironic, zany, and bizarre than funny.

  • Batya7
    2018-10-26 23:35

    simply excellent

  • Nathalia
    2018-10-30 22:50

    This is one of the first sci-fi book I actually enjoyed. I like the idea of mixing the genre with some elements from thrillers.

  • Beatrix
    2018-11-05 02:32

    Sokkal többet is ki lehetett volna hozni a történetből az új seriff van a városban klisé helyett. Érdekesen volt megírva, de nem rágtam le közben a körmeimet.

  • Carol Kean
    2018-11-07 05:27

    Normally, I avoid novels full of blood and casualties, but this one is too compelling to ignore. Optioned for a movie, compared to Quentin Tarantino (whose movies I tend to avoid, due to the violence), Anthony O'Neill's "The Dark Side" got me with the amnesiac android traversing the moon, on a mission to "Find Oz. and be the Wizard." Who could resist?The droid has other missions: "See El Dorado. Take El Dorado. Find another El Dorado," and "Smile. Smile. Smile. Kill. Smile." He looks human, but he's one of the most terrifying killers in literary history. Well dressed in a black suit, he knocks on door after door, so polite, until he strikes a chilling note in conversation after conversation. The dialogue is brilliant. The moonscape is breath taking. Check out the list of non-fiction books O'Neill consulted to create this lunar world of the future -- such attention to detail and plausibility is what distinguishes the best science fiction.from speculative fiction that belongs on the fantasy shelf.My full review of this novel will go live 12-April-2016 at Perihelion Science Fiction ezine. For now, here's a hasty summary: An exiled police detective arrives at a lunar penal colony. Lieutenant Justus (I love Lieutenant Damien Justus!) has barely set foot in the lunar dust of this wild new frontier when a string of high-profile murders has him asking a lot of questions. The locals seem to love the newcomer’s innocence and integrity, but the newbie cop can’t trust the answers of anyone he meets, including his own fellow police officers. Meanwhile, a psychotic android begins a murderous odyssey across the far side of the moon. The body count rises behind the scenes while scar-faced Lieutenant Justus interrogates the city’s cult-like founder, Fletcher Brass, and his ambitious daughter, QT (for “Cutie”), but cute, she is not. For that matter, Brass is not the real Brass, but that’s another sub-plot.Brass is eccentric billionaire who builds a city called Sin and a lawless colony called Purgatory on the dark side of the moon. War criminals, murderers, and curious tourists make it a surprisingly "hopping" e.g. "happening" place (and ya gotta love the way newcomers to the moon's low gravity accidentally hop). The murderous droid does something in Chapter 32 that will be hilarious on the Big Screen, even though it must makes me wince and cringe. No blood is shed, but oh, it's excruciating - comical, too, and simply amazing in its believability.In chapter after alternating chapter, a memory-wiped android rampages across the lunar surface. Programmed with only the “Brass Code”--a compendium of corporate laws and clichés spouted by Fletcher Brass—the handsome, well-dressed droid travels 2,000 kilometers to the dark side of the moon with only one goal in mind: find Purgatory and conquer it.

  • Andrew
    2018-10-23 05:36

    The Dark Side, by Anthony O'Neil is a wonderful science fiction novel set on the moon. The locale is called Sin, the main city in a territory known as Purgatory, the exclusive domain of one Fletcher Brass, megalomaniac CEO, spacefarer, and inventor of the Brass Code, a set of ideals that would make Ayn Rand shudder. Ideals such as "Don't Break the Law. Break the Law". "Never walk a mile in another man's shoes, unless his shoes are better than yours." "If you fall in a hole, use it as a strategy." "Lie. Lie. Lie." etc. What happens when you program an android with this code, but fail to upload any safeties? Well Sin is about to find out. The story follows Damien Justus (pronounced Eustace, but you get the idea) who is a new detective in Sin, as he follows a spate of murders within the city itself. All the while, the android, Leonardo Black, is carving a murderous path toward Sin, following every command in his programming, with the eventual goal of "beheading the King" (Fletcher Brass).This was a fun science fiction/hard bitten detective mash-up. On the one hand, Justus struggles with corruption, political pressure, and a rising body count as a power struggle ensues in Sin. On the other, Leonardo Black carves his way through the Lunar frontier, in his relentless quest to fulfill the code of Fletcher Brass. The world-building is interesting, with the Moon's various colonies and Sin itself being interesting locales. The characters are fleshed out, with even minor characters receiving excellent and interesting backstory. The science fiction is very interesting as well, with modern and gleaming sci-fi mixed with gritty and dystopic locales. Any complaints? Well, I do have a minor nitpick with the world-building itself. Even though O'Neil did a great job with it, sometimes he uses descriptors over substance. He intricately describes settings and architectural style in Sin, for example, but the city still often feels lifeless. He just doesn't nail down the feeling of the world, so to speak, and this does detract from the overall experience. The world building is at its best, however, on the Lunar landscape. The highways, supply caches, dig sites, exile habitats and so on are all interesting and fun. The bleakness is mixed with dazzling wonder at times.All in all, a solid Science Fiction/detective story mash up with interesting characters, interesting settings and a gritty/fun story. This was a delight to read, and I can easily recommend it to those looking for a good science fiction read. It has killer androids, detectives, political intrigue and it takes place on the moon. What else do you need?

  • Bandit
    2018-11-03 01:45

    I'm not a sci fi fan. I might occasionally watch a sci fi movie, but seldom a tv show and never read a book in the genre, it just isn't the sort of thing that I can enjoy enough to commit that much time to. All of which only serves to highlight just how much I liked this book. Originally I was taken in by the description, that happens when cults and killer robots are mentioned, but it was so much more than that. It actually made me see the appeal of the genre itself. The author got to created an entire world, his moon, particularly, of course, the dark side, has so much texture and color to it. And not just imagination either, according to an extensive reading list, there was a lot of research involved to create the most believably unreal place, then to colonize it with lunatics, which is a terrifically clever colloquialism for the locals. There on the dark side of the moon is Purgatory, created and ruled by a megalomaniacal truculent sociopath, a place populated by fellow sociopaths, criminals and various social rejects, a place where vice comes to play and conscience comes to sleep. And then there is, of course, the android on a mission, so awesomely atypically homicidal, so invariably polite, so hilariously mentally warped by a list of personal credos, he comes across as a demented love child of Donald Trump and Ayn Rand. And a fresh from Earth to Purgatory detective who's trying to figure out strange new world he's thrown into and solve a series of crimes that seem to only escalate. The proverbial straight man, the moral man in the immoral world, navigating the infinitely self serving, self righteous, venal schemes and schemers. This book was just so much fun to read, sheer unadulterated fun, superlatively entertaining armchair visit somewhere you probably wouldn't ever want to go in real life. It read like a movie in the best possible way, in fact it is meant to become a movie at some point, the rights have been sold, and one can only hope adaptation will do it justice. After all, justice (pun on detective Justus) is such a scarce commodity on the Dark Side. Very enjoyable reading experience. This one gets a most enthusiastic recommendation. Thanks Netgalley.