Malcolm Graves lives by two rules: finish the job, and get paid. After thirty years as a Collector, chasing bounties and extinguishing rebellions throughout the solar system, Malcolm does what he's told, takes what he's earned, and leaves the questions to someone else--especially when it comes to the affairs of offworlders.
But his latest mission doesn't afford him that luxury. After a high-profile bombing on Earth, the men who sign Malcolm's paychecks are clamoring for answers. Before he can object, the corporation teams him up with a strange new partner who's more interested in statistics than instinct and ships them both off to Titan, the disputed moon where humans have been living for centuries. Their assignment is to hunt down a group of extremists: Titanborn dissidents who will go to any length to free their home from the tyranny of Earth.
Heading into hostile territory, Malcolm will have to use everything he's learned to stay alive. But he soon realizes that the situation on the ground is much more complex than he anticipated . . . and much more personal.
What'd I think? A highly recommended read. Honestly.
Malcolm reminded me of a soured, old-school detective, only he's a bounty hunter. Near the end of his career, he starts to question all he's done and why. His new partner gets in his way. More than ever Malcolm has to prove his worth to his employer.
Although I had a few issues with some of the planetary science on Titan especially, the story is entertaining enough to ignore the flaw. But that's the way I am. As long as the storytelling is fantastic, I can ignore all errors in exchange for great entertainment.
Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. It's edgy yet harkens back to Heinlein and other great classic sci-fi authors. It's space opera. It's mystery. It's part cop story. Part detective.
It's currently on preorder at Amazon.
Story matters a great deal to me too. And character. Good versions of both let me ignore a number of flaws...ReplyDelete
Yes, character is just as important. I just put a book down because I couldn't get with the character at all. Well written, but without a hook into the character, I was bored.Delete
Thanks for the review! That cover is quite eye-catching and intriguing.ReplyDelete
You've made me curious about the science errors!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for the review!ReplyDelete
Part space opera, part whodunnit. What's not to like?!ReplyDelete
Not a scifi fan but your review makes this one sound very intriguing.ReplyDelete