Captain Isidore Wyatt, new transfer to the Alliance Fleet from the Terran Space Navy, is still getting used to having engineered aliens for officers when he's called to investigate a possible pirate vessel. Except not everything is what it seems, and these pirates have ambitions above and beyond the norm....
Originally published in PseudoSF magazine.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My only complaint about this book is that it too short. I really want to know more about the characters and what happens to them!
Despite me giving only 3 stars for this one, this is actually a *good* introduction to the universe -- the viewpoint character is a human, and seeing his Pelted crewmembers through his eyes provides some of the context that the others may lack.
There's a bit of space battle. There's an exciting twist. There's some universe introduction and building. It's told smoothly, without huge infodumps. I'm curling up and anticipating something nice and juicy with the buildup... And it stops, and I fall splat on my face and wail, "But... Where's the REST of it?!?!"
If there is later a sequel, this would probably pull up to four stars, easy, and likely even a full five. On its own, it rings a little hollow as a story.
But it's a bargain at the price, a good introduction to the universe if you haven't read the others, and it fills out some universe-building and technology if you *have* read the others, so it's perfectly worthwhile to pick up.
A bite-sized chunk of M.C.A. Hogarth's universe of the Pelted, maybe a little *too* bite-sized. In spite of this, I found it a great read: suspenseful space battles, engaging characters... I want more!
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