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Finder by Suzanne Palmer
Series: Finder Chronicles #1
Published by DAW Books on April 2, 2019
Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera
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Fergus Ferguson has been called a lot of names: thief, con artist, repo man. He prefers the term finder.
His latest job should be simple. Find the spacecraft Venetia's Sword and steal it back from Arum Gilger, ex-nobleman turned power-hungry trade boss. He'll slip in, decode the ship's compromised AI security, and get out of town, Sword in hand.
Fergus locates both Gilger and the ship in the farthest corner of human-inhabited space, a gas-giant-harvesting colony called Cernee. But Fergus' arrival at the colony is anything but simple. A cable car explosion launches Cernee into civil war, and Fergus must ally with Gilger's enemies to navigate a field of space mines and a small army of hostile mercenaries. What was supposed to be a routine job evolves into negotiating a power struggle between factions. Even worse, Fergus has become increasingly--and inconveniently--invested in the lives of the locals.
It doesn't help that a dangerous alien species thought mythical prove unsettlingly real, and their ominous triangle ships keep following Fergus around.
Foolhardy. Eccentric. Reckless. Whatever he's called, Fergus will need all the help he can get to take back the Sword and maybe save Cernee from destruction in the process.
Finder may not be the first book in a series but I had sort of first book syndrome. The first half had me struggling to put it all together and then it was off like a bullet to the end! I did really enjoy it then.
There are many things to like. The world is science fiction, space opera with some different species even. I like the technology and gadgets which come with this type of story. The people aren’t all good guys or bad guys; there are definitely a range of badness. As is typical to the genre, there are those who want the power, control and money.
Our main guy, Fergus Ferguson, is a finder. He goes to locate and hopefully retrieve the missing. His current job is to find and get back a ship to the rightful owners. Space is a bit like the wild West so he will have to steal it back. This area, Cernee, is in the midst of a civil war of sorts between its major players. There is plenty of strategy, action and thrills!
I really appreciate the humor infused into the otherwise grim situations. The reflection on humanity and purpose also shine through as some events spin out of control. I hope we will see more of Fergus and his friends.
“Not too many people Mari trusts,” Harcourt said, “much less likes.”
“I don’t think she trusts me,” Fergus answered, “and I’m entirely certain she doesn’t like me.”
As Mari and Bale walked in, Fergus cleared his throat. “All of you know that my plans tend to be ridiculous and go wildly wrong and weird in unanticipated ways, right?”
“Mari was kind enough to entertain us with the story of your sex toy tennis balls, so I think we have the gist,” Ili said. “Do you have a plan or not?”
“I do,” Fergus said. “No one is going to like it.”
“I never expected we would. Tell us what you got.”
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