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  1. Koban Universe 2: Have Genes, Will Travel
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  2. Koban Universe 2: Have Genes, Will Travel

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This book can be read as a standalone novel because how the Kobani human variant came to exist is explained on one page. A prologue then propels you into this action filled, often funny Sci-Fi Cowboy in Space story.

For over a hundred years Chisholm, a Rim World colony, has produced beef for most of Human Space, raising vast herds of a breed of giant longhorns. Things are changing, as land reform is demanded by small ranchers and farmers, placing restrictions on the existing open range policy. The wealthy large ranchers will stop this by any means, to preserve their profits. Passions are high and the opposing sides have turned violent and deadly.

Ethan, a gene-modified Kobani, travels to Chisholm with his sassy sister, Kit, seeking a high-risk employment opportunity in the growing Range War, where raids and murders have wiped out entire families. Gunmen and killers are in demand by both sides, with premiums paid for greater lethality. Using their direct contact telepathic ability, Ethan and his unusual sister Kit, chose a side. They’ll face a hundred hired guns, the outcome deciding who will control the future of Chisholm. Powerful men are determined to block reforms by driving off or killing those opposed to the status quo, and adamant reformers will meet violence with violence.

Hired by one side in the conflict, an unexpected betrayal strikes down Ethan, and he vanishes. Kit goes on a rampage, terrorizing anyone with knowledge, to discover what happened to him, and mangled bodies accumulate as she searches for her brother. Knowing telepathically exactly what evil an individual has committed isn’t admissible in courts there, or heeded by corrupt sheriffs. However, possessing the truth is ample motivation for ignoring the law to Kit, and she summons help. In a final bloody confrontation, with deaths on both sides, a solution that only those from Koban could produce is achieved.

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This spin-off story in the Koban Universe involves Ethan and his adopted (ripper) sister Kit as they visit a Wild West planet named Chisholm to drum up business for their new trouble-shooting firm, Have Genes, Will Travel. They and their young friends on Koban see the potential in using their Kobani skills as a way to finance sightseeing and adventures in a post-Krall galaxy. However things don't go quite as planned in the local range war and they end up needing to be rescued on their first mission. Every new business plan needs a little fine tuning in the beginning.

I really enjoy this series and can't wait for the next book by Bennett, either in the main series or this spin-off story from Koban: A Federation Forged in Fire. As usual, the blurb gives too much of the story away.
Came across the Koban books last February and Stephen W Bennett quickly became one of my favorite authors. I have since purchased every book released and have yet to be disappointed.

While KU:1 was a collection of four short stories KU:2 is all one story.

I enjoyed this book (though slightly less than I expected).

Pros: Good story. At one point a 'norm' gets the best of a Kobani proving they are not infallible super-beings. The rippers get more page time as the dominant point of view further cementing their full sentience in the readers mind. Plenty of action. Though little of it is in evidence local fauna is introduced (I like to see local plant and wildlife it make the planets less generic feeling). The younger generation gets to encounter more of the galaxy out of their own space and grow as people due to it.

Cons: The main norm antagonists seem a little one dimensional while the secondaries get more page time and have much more depth... Read more
Chisholm is a Rim planet where filthy rich cattle barons and poor struggling sheep herds are having a range war. It's a familiar western movie trope: The cattle barons have large herds and don't want to share the grazing land. They've employed some pretty vicious gunmen to take out the competition, and since they control the sheriff and the judges, they are able to get away with murder.

The smaller cattle outfits and the sheep farmers have had enough when they start shooting people in the back and burning down their homes, and decided to hire some help. They get together and answer an ad for a Kobani business called Have Genes, Will Travel.

Nathan and Kit decide to answer the call for help, and head for Chisholm, where they are met at the landing pad by a group of killers. Of course, they manage to impress the killers with their unusual skills. The wealthy cattle barons then attempt to hire Nathan and Kit for their side, but when they fail, decide to have them... Read more
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