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Blood Orbit

(Gattis File #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  40 reviews
This science fiction police procedural pairs an idealistic rookie with an officer who uses cybernetic implants to process forensics; in solving a mass murder, they will uncover a vast conspiracy.

Eric Matheson, an idealistic rookie cop trying to break from his powerful family, is plunged into the investigation of a brutal crime in his first weeks on the job in Angra Dastrel
Paperback, 496 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Pyr
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May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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K.R. Richardson’s Blood Orbit is an ambitious, cinematic sci-fi police procedural set on a long established human colony planet in the far future. While one usually associates Blade Runner with this kind of genre hybrid, Blood Orbit is a bit more Michael Mann than Ridley Scott, and with its labyrinthine cycles of corruption and injustice permeating every level of the society it depicts, Blood Orbit recalls such classic film noir crime sagas
Stewart Tame
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a lovely cross between hard boiled noir and science fiction. Eric Matheson is a rookie cop trying to put some distance between himself and his powerful, influential family. Pounding the beat in the slums of the capital city of the corporate-owned planet of Gattis, he and his partner stumble upon a mass murder in an after hours club. The investigation results in his being reassigned to assist the controversial Chief Investigating Forensic Officer, J.P. Dillal. Dillal has been cybernetical ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reasons to Grab Blood Orbit

The story takes place in Angra Dastrelas, the capital city of the corporate-owned planet Gattis. Richardson did a splendid job of brings this city to life. Sadly, even off-planet the world is still filled with corruption in the name of profit. Here the corporation influences even the law. Social classes, racial divide, and corruption run amuck on every level of this planet. When a mass-murder takes place in the lower class burbs, it may just give the corporation a
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So Booklikes just stopped working for me and here I am . Sigh.

This science fiction police procedural pairs an idealistic rookie with an officer who uses cybernetic implants to process forensics; in solving a mass murder, they will uncover a vast conspiracy.

Eric Matheson, an idealistic rookie cop trying to break from his powerful family, is plunged into the investigation of a brutal crime in his first weeks on the job in Angra Dastrelas, the corrupt capital city of the corporate-owned planet Gatt
Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved Greywalker but Richardson takes it to a new level here and it is a real page turner with great characters and world building and an exciting, suspenseful mystery filled with twists. Highly recommended.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dnf pretty early. Interest not retained basically wondered off.
Chris Fielding
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very decent beginning to a promising series.

Initially, I found the complexity of the setting to be too much for the mystery Ms. Richardson was telling. The mystery takes place on a world with racial tensions, political tensions, and economic issues that are all part of the backdrop. Corporate greed looms over everything the two protagonists see and do, and it can be difficult to keep the different racial issues in mind, especially since one of the protagonist is a man of mixed race who is disl
Given that I adored the author's (Kat Richardson; as opposed her nom de plume for this series) Greywalker urban fantasy series, I was initially disappointed to struggle getting into Blood Orbit. Mainly, it is the language that I fought against (a broken English style that is frustrating for someone who's rather AR about grammar), but there's also quite a bit of world building. Additionally, I haven't read hard sci-fi in years and didn't have the time that I would normally take to sit down and pu ...more
Rob Wolf
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For Inspector J.P. Dillal, the main protagonist in K. R. Richardson’s Blood Orbit (Pyr, 2018), the expression “I’ve got a lot on my mind” takes on new meaning when he allows his bosses to replace a good chunk of his brain with a mobile crime lab.

What he gets in exchange for submitting to the risky surgery is a promotion that allows him to catapult to the top ranks of the Gattis Corporation’s police force. The life circumstances that lead Dillal to surrender part of his body is as much a part of
Viviane Crystal
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rookie Eric Matheson and his mate discover a gruesome, mind-blowing massacre of sixteen victims. His mate is injured and Matheson is assigned to investigate the murders with the Chief Forensic Officer, Inspector J. P. Dillal. Dillal is the first cybernetic investigator in the corporate-run planet of Gattis. But Dilall has origins from a despised ethnic underclass in a caste system that not only feeds dislike but also guarantees outbreaks of violence. The murders occurred in what is called a jass ...more
Kayla (krakentoagoodbook)

I won this book in a giveaway courtesy of The BiblioSanctum book blog and Pyr Books – thank you! All opinions are my own.

This book had a really intriguing premise, but fell a bit flat on execution for me. I’ve enjoyed one of Richardson’s other series (Greywalker, published as Kat Richardson), so I’m used to her writing being engaging and being able to relate to the characters. Here, however, this was not so much the case. The main characters were ok, but I didn’t absolutely love either of
Clay Kallam
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
"Blood Orbit" is a 300-page book fighting to get out of the 492 pages it's wrapped in, as K. R. Richardson definitely could have used a weedwhacker on this manuscript.

And speaking of "whacking," there's a lot of it going on, starting with 16 murders in an after-hours bar in a scummy section of a rundown planet that's being exploited by the (very) evil Gattis Corporation. Both our protagonists get slammed around pretty good, and are constantly fighting their way through pain, injuries and fatigue
Henry Lazarus
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
K. R. Richardson introduces us to the corporate owned and very corrupt planet of Gattis. The planet was terraformed by three genetically adapted peoples; red, yellow and blue. The Blue run the world and the Ohba and Drihleen have become second class, denied an education and hope and they are ready for revolt. Eric Matheson is anew cop, an off-worlder with only two weeks on the job. He and his Training Officer discover a gambling den with all sixteen people there murdered. He is assigned to help ...more
Jeremy Brett
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Richardson's novel is a gripping, detailed, and complex mystery/noir/SF/examination of social and ethnic inequalities. So many facets between two covers! "Blood Orbit" chronicles the struggles of two cops - one a relative naif, the other increasingly world-weary - working to solve a gruesome multiple murder on a planet wracked by ethnic strife and corporate greed and exploitation. Richardson brilliantly charts the solving of this mystery and presents the reader with a cast of well-drawn characte ...more
Joseph J
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating blend of science fiction, world-building, and police procedural. It's by Kat Richardson, author of the Greywalker series (one of my favorites). It's book 1 of "the Gattis Files series" according to the cover, and I'll definitely be waiting for the next one.

One of the themes of the story is the clash between two cultures, both of which are under oppression by a planet-wide corporation. To get into the story, you'll have to recognize that both cultures are derived from Portug
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Blood Orbit is a science fiction, crime, mystery, conspiracy exposed novel that has been cleverly written. I wasn't sure that I would be able to get into the characters rookie cop, Eric Matheson and Chief Investigating Forensics Officer, J.P. Dillal but about 1/4 into the novel, I found myself totally intrigued and wanting to find out more to what was going to happen. Truly a great read, I enjoyed it very much.
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Richardson, K. R. Blood Orbit. Gattis File No. 1. Pyr, 2018.
3.5 stars. I am a fan of science fiction police procedurals. This one is not bad, but it suffers in my mind because I had the misfortune of reading it not long after I read John Scalzi’s Locked In and Head On, which are a step above. In this a cybernetically enhanced inspector and his intuitive rookie partner must solve a bloody mass murder.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Combines all my favorite fiction elements into a heck of a great story; mystery, procedural investigation of murder, puzzling clues, human character insights, suspense, thrills & chills, romance, alien planet & alien culture. Completely engaging characters combined with interesting plot twists, resulting in a fast paced and puzzling entertainment. If you like this kind of thing, don't miss this book.
Definitely at the top of my best books in 2018 list. I hope to see it on the goodreads ballo
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars. This book is a great blend of science fiction and police procedural, set on the planet Gattis, a greatly interesting world with racial tensions, politics, corruption, and a nice murder mystery. It was hard to put this one down. If there was a drawback, it did get a bit confusing at times with the dialectic dialog and the very large cast of people of various races and affiliations. But all in all, I enjoyed this great read that transported me to a very different place.
Michael Hobbs
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very dark but frighteningly plausible world - human exploitation of a planet under the auspices of a corporation that seems a blend of the British East India Company and Blackwater. The two main characters are complex - both driven to protect the powerless, for very different reasons.

This is a police procedural on the surface, but solving the murders is only a piece of the picture. Racial strife, corruption, love, greed, populist politics - it's all here.

Hard to put down.
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 1_owned_k
"Blood Orbit" is a complex mystery/thriller set in a science fiction world rich with political and societal issues. Making sure both aspects were well done resulted in a slightly longer book, but once you figure out who's who and how things relate the story moves at a nice clip. I'm looking forward to how this partnership develops in future books.
Jean Bougha Begues
Magnificent writing

Really enjoyed this novel. The plot was mesmerizing, with twists at every turn of the pages; and as for the main two characters — dark and haunted, they nevertheless display that dodged stubbornness in their pursuit of the truth that I found particularly refreshing
Myo Denis
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crime & Sci-fi

I was nearly put off by a couple of the negative comments I read, but I'm glad I wasn't. For me, this novel succeeded in all fronts, being both good science fiction and a good crime yarn, well-written and with characters I came to care about. Creating a believable sci-fi universe isn't easy, but Richardson has bought it off.
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: speculative
Blood Orbit embraces a lot of categories. It is a gritty far-future police procedural with fully realized worldbuilding and well-rounded characters, one of whom is an experimental cyborg. There is even a satisfying romantic subplot. If any of these interest you, it will be worth your time.
Mindi Welton-Mitchell
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every time I thought I'd read one more chapter, I'd read five. Definitely a page-turner, with a lot of twists I didn't expect! A thriller that keeps you on edge. Gritty and gory at parts, but an excellent investigative story in a different world.
Lupine Smile
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Story was ok, but the writing style was what really made the book tough for me to enjoy. Very clipped prose with italicized "thoughts" from the character. Just couldn't get as deep into the story as I normally do, and just forced my way through the book.
Fantastic book. Longer review to come.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

While I enjoyed the characters and the plot I thought that the world building left a little to be desired. I will happily pick up the next book in the series if/when it is published.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked it quite bit. I wish there had been a glossary, and there were a few places it could have moved a little quicker.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good sci fi detective thriller

It was a good book. It reminded me of blade runner, except not as much of a noir style. I enjoyed it.
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K.R. Richardson is the SF pseudonym of Kat Richardson, author of the bestselling Greywalker paranormal detective novels.

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