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Stars Beyond by S.K. Dunstall
Published by Ace on August 21, 2020
Genres: Space Opera
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An engineer with a fondness for weapons. A captain with no memory. An obsessive genemodder who loves to tinker. Meet the crew of Another Road.
Josune, Roystan, and Nika have escaped the company thugs trying to kill them. They've gotten a new spaceship to replace The Road (after it was blown up underneath them). And their new ship is armed to the teeth with dangerous weapons, courtesy of Josune. All that's left to do before they head out to find the legendary lode of transurides is to restore Roystan's memory. To do that, they need to collect the genemod machine Nika has ordered.
But first, they have to shake off the Justice Department agent and the Companies tracking them.
It should be easy. They've done it before. What could possibly go wrong?
This Stars Uncharted series should be read in order. I really enjoy this author and the first book in the series, also Stars Uncharted was excellent and harrowing. I have been reading several different science fiction / space opera type series where there are corporate groups running things and they are greedy and corrupt. That is certainly a theme here.
In Stars Uncharted, the point of view was primarily that of Nika and Josune. They are strong, intelligent, talented women. Nika is a body modder and Josune is a ship engineer. Nika is a genius and really, so is Josune. They both are so skilled others want them to use them.
They ended up both on the run and have become fast and loyal friends. There are two other points of view added in Stars Beyond. Leonard Wickmore, corrupt executive, is after them. Alistair Laughton is looking for Nika. He took leave from the Justice Department 2 years ago and worked on a remote planet. There were some serious issues on the planet and he needs Nika to resolve some of them.
Wickmore is evil and I hate him. It’s just that simple. Alistair is not stupid exactly but he is horribly naive / idealistic. He is skilled with investigating and surviving, but his knowledge of companies and political aspects is dismal.
I loved this action-packed tale with battles, escapes and heists. There’s also inventive discoveries and ingenuity to solve problems (yes, the women, Nika and Josune). I can’t wait for more in this series. I want to see how they handle the companies in the next go round.
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