What would happen if the world’s most important sheep went missing? To find out the answer to this question, you’ll have to delve into the world of The Big Sheep. It’s the recently released sci-fi novel from Robert Kroese, whom you may know as the author of the Mercury series. Mixing sci-fi with noir and humor, Kroese’s novel pays homage to authors like Raymond Chandler and Phillip K. Dick (the title is a cheeky blending of Chandler’s The Big Sleep and Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep) and has been picking up some great reviews.
Fellow author, Vincent Zandri, had this to say about the novel, “Maybe Rob Kroese’s latest sci-fi novel, The Big Sheep, isn’t co-authored by Phillip Dick, but it does the late great author some serious homage. At the same time…and this is remarkable… Kroese has conjured up a thoroughly original, stunningly intelligent plot that both thrilled and delighted me. It also made me laugh. A riveting, hallucinatory joy-ride into a dangerous future by a terrific author writing at the top of his game.”
Synopsis for The Big Sheep
Los Angeles of 2039 is a baffling and bifurcated place. After the Collapse of 2028, a vast section of LA, the Disincorporated Zone, was disowned by the civil authorities and became essentially a third world country within the borders of the city. Navigating the boundaries between DZ and LA proper is a tricky task, and there’s no one better suited than eccentric private investigator Erasmus Keane. When a valuable genetically altered sheep mysteriously goes missing from Esper Corporation’s labs, Keane is the one they call.
But while the erratic Keane and his more grounded partner, Blake Fowler, are on the trail of the lost sheep, they land an even bigger case.
In addition to Chandler and Dick, Terry Pratchett is another author’s name that has been coming up when discussing The Big Sheep. All in all, not a bad group of authors to be associated with.
If this sounds like it’s up your alley, head over to Amazon and grab yourself a copy. And if anyone has a chance to read this sci-fi novel, let us know what you think in the comments.