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The Scavenger Door by Suzanne Palmer
Series: Finder Chronicles #3
Published by DAW Books on August 17, 2021
Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera
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Fergus is back on Earth at last, trying to figure out how to live a normal life. However, it seems the universe has other plans for him. When his cousin sends him off to help out a friend, Fergus accidently stumbles across a piece of an ancient alien artifact that some very powerful people seem to think means the entire solar system is in danger. And since he found it, they're certain it's also his problem to deal with.
With the help of his newfound sister, friends both old and new, and some enemies, too, Fergus needs to find the rest of the artifact and destroy the pieces before anyone can reassemble the original and open a multi-dimensional door between Earth and a vast, implacable, alien swarm of devourers. Problem is, the pieces could be anywhere on Earth, and he's not the only one out searching.
I thought Finder was a standalone but lucky for everyone, it was just the first book in the Finder Chronicles series. I love this science fiction, space opera with the main character, Fergus is sort of a detective / Equalizer / McGyver kind of guy. In Finder, Fergus “retrieves” a lost space ship and returns it to the rightful owner in the middle of a civil war. In Driving the Deep, he has to locate his scientist friends who have been abducted and he deals with some family issues. In The Scavenger Door, Fergus gets a chance to spend some time with his family and save the world.
Fergus is just trying to be a normal guy. He’s spending time with his cousin and the sister he didn’t know he had. His cousin sent him to help a guy who lost some sheep and he finds a piece of metal. It turns out to be an alien “door key” which will let bad guys come to Earth. Fergus ends up hunting for all the pieces.
We learn more about his history because of his family and also the contacts on Mars who help him with the task. Zacker helps with some of the competition, along with a troupe of theater friends from the moon. The Shipyard AI help with locating where the pieces might be. So it is great to see he has friends from a variety of places.
Fergus has a lot of guilt about his younger sister and the danger everyone is in if he can’t accomplish his tasks. There is plenty of action and excitement and decent strategy. It does seem just a bit easy for him to accomplish some of it though. I wonder, and so does Fergus, what he will do with his life after this is over.
I really liked this but just a bit less than the other two books. It seemed a little too out there and while people get hurt and it isn’t easy, it seems too easy. There isn’t quite as much humor as the previous books but there are still some good laughs.
“Spotting him, Zacker gestured toward the taxi stand. “So, you came up with a plan?” he asked.
“Yep,” Fergus answered.
“I’m not going to like it, am I?” Zacker said. “In fact, it’s incredibly dumb and dangerous and desperate, right? And absolutely dependent on total stupid luck?”
“Exactly,” Fergus said, as cheerfully as he could. “It’s so nice to be with someone who gets my work methodology so precisely.”
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