"After cowriting Dead Six and Swords of Exodus with Larry -Correia, Kupari makes his solo debut with this space opera that is bound to attract fans of Mike -Shepherd's Kris Longknife series or Elizabeth Moon's Vatta's War books. An excellent choice for both teen and adult sf readers."--Library Journal " P]age-turning action . . . may be Kuperi's best book yet."--Galveston County Daily News "A big, sweeping space adventure, with heroic characters you care about. Mike Kupari is an awesome storyteller."--Larry Correia
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-12-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Kupari (Dead Six, with Larry Correia) makes his solo debut in this unsatisfying galaxy-spanning space adventure set in our far future. Catherine Blackwood's estranged aristocratic family intrudes on her successful privateering business, sending word that her brother Cecil is being held for ransom on the distant, barren planet Zanzibar. Catherine takes her crew and a plucky band of "Texan" mercenariesalong with a young girl who dreams of going to spaceto rescue Cecil. But while her ship rockets toward Zanzibar, Cecil discovers the planet's secret history, thought to be lost forever. The rescue attempt doesn't begin to unfold until the novel's last 100 pages; most of Kupari's narrative is devoted to establishing the cast of characters, but few are given any intriguing or original motivation. After the characters have been named (confusinglythere's an Anna and an Annie), the crew spends a lengthy, too-realistic time traveling to their destination while engaging in pointless subplots. Catherine is ostensibly the protagonist, being the ship's captain and subject of the title, but the focus rapidly shifts to grizzled space cop Marcus. It doesn't really matter, though, since nobody experiences any significant character development. There's also a strange mix of sexual mores. Though Kupari pulls out the stops for some high-energy action scenes, the book's plodding pace and uninspired characters muddy any entertainment that might be found. (Nov.)