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Quick wits and loyalty confront high-tech crime in space

Welcome to the Scilly Isles, a handful of asteroids bunched together in space, well beyond the orbit of Mars. This remote and isolated habitat is home to a diverse group of human settlers, and a whole flock of parakeets. But earth-based financial regulator ECRB suspects that it’s also home to serious large scale frau
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Paperback, 248 pages
Published November 23rd 2015 by Matteh Publications
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Ian
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rec-from-here
Far from the Spaceports by Richard Abbott is the first in what promises to be a series of science fiction novels following Mitnash Thakur, a financial fraud investigator, and his artificially intelligent companion Slate.

Mitnash works for the ECRB (Economic Crime Review Board), an organisation that investigates financial irregularities throughout the solar system.

The ECRB has noticed a large financial irregularity, and its origins are thought to be in the Scilly Isles, a collection of asteroids s
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Richard Abbott
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I am the author so am providing the synopsis rather than a review
Lisl
Jan 07, 2016 added it
I’ll be honest up front: I don’t normally read science fiction, and in fact am not really a huge fan. Nevertheless, when a read of Far from the Spaceports was presented for possible review, I was open to it because I’d seen reviews for other novels by Richard Abbott, which … means nothing really, I know, given they aren’t sci-fi. But he’d piqued my curiosity in the past and a preview at the blurb gave me a sneaking suspicion this wasn’t “typical” sci-fi.

How glad I was I didn’t dismiss it out of
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Robert Bayliss
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly Believable


In Far From the Space Ports we follow Fraud investigator Mitnash Thakur and his female AI persona Slate on a mission to a remote collection of asteroids known as the Scilly Isles, predominantly populated by people from the British Isles. Once mined for resources these islands in space seem to be past their economic heyday yet the interest of the Economic Crime Review Board is piqued.
Richard Abbott sets this tale in a near future, the technology is believable and once you be
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Mike Koeniger
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the reviews before I started and was aware that it took a few chapters for the story to develop. Glad I pressed on. While the events of the story are interesting and the music references were fun for fans of my favorite genre, it was the character development between Slate and Mit that intrigued me. As others have said, invest some time in this novel, the payoff is pretty darn good.

I just started the second book in the series.
Richard Abbott
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: science-fiction
I am the author and am supplying synopsis rather than a review
David
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
While the story got off to a slow start, it certainly wasn't dull. Abbott introduces us to Mitnash and does just enough world-building to hook the reader with an intriguing future. Humanity has colonized a good chunk of the solar system, and artificial intelligence (AI) has come to fruition. It's something that the technorati would approve of. And while space travel has improved, it still takes weeks to travel from Earth to the asteroid belt. This remoteness allows for a bit of self-governance t ...more
Robert Southworth
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sci fi excellence

Im not by any means a sci fi guru, in fact I have just starting reading the genre again after many years with my nose firmly planted in historical fiction. The novel is set in the future but not too far, think blade runner rather than Star Trek as a guide. The characters are well developed and help develop the storyline. Worth mentioning is the relationship between Mit and his artificial intelligent companion , it really does help drive the book forward. A tale of intrigue, the
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Diana Ridout
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a totally amazing book. I was fortunate enough to win it in a 'giveaway' last year and only now have had time to read it, but I wish I had read it before. It is not too *sci-fi* to frighten away people like myself who are not very used to the genre and technical jargon is not so 'techy' to put tech eejits like myself off. The characters are brilliantly clear and well drawn and the reader gets a genuine sense of empathy with them. The story is unusual, but very engrossing and it is well writ ...more
R.M. Gilmour
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Far from the Spaceports by Richard Abbott is an intriguing SciFi-Mystery which takes us on a vivid adventure across the solar system to outlying settlements near Jupiter, where our hero Mitnash Thakur and his AI Slate, must unravel high-tech financial fraud.

The story is very well written and kept me engaged throughout. I really enjoyed the simplicity of the story, Mitnash being a coding hero instead of an action hero. It was refreshing to read a story that was low level action, and more about an
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Daleine
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Far from The Spaceports was an unusual book. I do not know that it would be fair to review this book because I had a hard time keeping up with the book. I was lost much of the time. When the mystery was solved, I was still lost. I feel this book might be much better for those people who are into technology and computers.
Billy Buttons
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

Title: Far From the Spaceports
Author: Richard Abbott

Star Rating: 4 Stars

Number of Readers: 17

Stats
Editing: 8/10
Style: 8/10
Content: 9/10
Covers: 3/10

Of the 17 readers:
14 would read another book by this author.
1 thought the cover was good or excellent.
13 thought the exciting plot was the best part
16 thought the ending was exciting.
16 felt the writing style was excellent for this genre.

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Richard Abbott writes fiction written in several different genres. Originally writing historical fiction set in the Middle East at the end of the Bronze Age, around 1200BC, he branched out into speculative fiction, set either in a historical fantasy world, or else in a near-future solar system exploring issues of high-tech crime and human-machine relationships.

His first excursion into historical
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