Better than his earlier works, but still horribly overwritten and affected. There is a story there if you can hold on. One of those books that should...moreBetter than his earlier works, but still horribly overwritten and affected. There is a story there if you can hold on. One of those books that should have been sold with a machete. (less)
**spoiler alert** This is the 7th book in the Retrieval Artist series.
In this book the fall-out of the the murder of Paloma (book 5 Paloma ) the mento...more**spoiler alert** This is the 7th book in the Retrieval Artist series.
In this book the fall-out of the the murder of Paloma (book 5 Paloma ) the mentor of the POV Miles Flint, continues. Miles was a police officer but could no longer turn basically innocent people over the the aliens for vengeance. He left to become a Retrieval Artist, those who find the Disappeared (those who go into hiding to escape the aliens) who are no longer in danger. Paloma, a close friend set him up in business and trained him.
Treaties with the aliens made by the human power structure to facilitate trade ($) mandate that if an alien law is broken, alien law applies. So people who walk in the wrong place and damage flowers or grass, in all innocence, may be given the death penalty, or have to turn over their children to the aliens. Rather than do so, they Disappear.
The series is about the human alien interactions that go wrong and involve the law. The stories are about crime, mystery, CSI like information from crime scenes, and the political machinations of those in power.
In this book one of the items that fell out of the murder was the fact that Miles' ex-wife had cloned their daughter Emmaline, before she died as a toddler. Miles' ex-wife was killed in the last book and Miles ended up with the cloned teenager. Talia. He of course doesn't care that she is a clone, though their society does. He made her his real daughter and took her back to the Moon to live with him.
A dependent is a dangerous thing for a Retrieval Artist to have. They are hunted by the police (to catch them breaking the law), trackers who are looking for the Disappeared for the aliens, and the aliens themselves who may send assassins to find the Disappeared. Talia is way to hurt and control Miles.
Before he knew about Talia, Miles set in motion a plan to bring the person he considered responsible for Paloma's murder to justice. He was giving information from secret files Paloma willed him, to a reporter who was doing an expose on the law firm owned by the man who killed Paloma, her own son. The book opens with the reporter's murder and Miles has to move fast to see if he or Talia is next on the list.
The book/series has great settings, interesting characters (aliens in the early books were a bit weak), and page-turning stories. The writing is smooth and flowing. It is one of the books I read as soon as I buy it. Now I can't wait for the next one.(less)
**spoiler alert** This is the sequel to Grimspace and takes up where the first book left off.
Many worlds banded together and the Farwan corporation r...more**spoiler alert** This is the sequel to Grimspace and takes up where the first book left off.
Many worlds banded together and the Farwan corporation ruled them through economic control, a space jump monopoly, and their security apparatus. Jax and her crew were able to bring the corporation's manipulation and crimes to light, resulting in the collapse of the corporation, and with it their governmental functions. The confusing aftermath creates a power vacuum. The social power structure comes apart, and there is economic and social chaos. In space, pirates, the mafia, and aliens, the Morgut, who hunt and eat humans are trying to build their own empires and harvest snacks.
Jax and her crew are sent to an insectoid planet, to try to get them to join the other worlds, and hopefully deal with the Morgut (the are poisonous to them). Jax has befriended a bug and he has agreed to teach her the finer rules of their society. They depart New Terra for Ithiss-Tor.
The book is the story of their journey, and does not actually cover the diplomatic mission. It ends as they arrive at Ithiss-Tor. I actually hate books that do this, set up a goal and then end as it appears. However, I did enjoy the book in spite of the bait and switch of the blurb.
The same characters from the first book are included and there are 2 new ones added to the crew. All are good and fit well together. One of the old characters, March the hero and love interest goes off to do his own thing for the middle part of the book. It saves us from continuous goopy romance and allows Jax to become the leader. But the whole split and his return and condition seem contrived and annoying.
Again it is an adventure book and a quick light read. The way the book ends, it could be the finish of the series, though there is room left to continue. It appears her next book in April 2009 is with a different publisher and about a different character.(less)