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From Hugo Award-winning debut author Suzanne Palmer comes an action-packed sci-fi caper starring Fergus Ferguson, interstellar repo man and professional finder.

Fergus Ferguson has been called a lot of names: thief, con artist, repo man. He prefers the term finder.

His latest job should be simple. Find the spacecraft Venetia's Sword and steal it back from Arum Gilger, ex-nob
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Published April 2nd 2019 by DAW
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Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
Fergus Ferguson is a repo man, IN SPACE.

In this incredibly action-packed tale, we follow Ferguson on a mission to recover the stolen spacecraft, Venetia's Sword.

Ultimately, he is able to track it down in the farthest reaches of human-inhabited space, but due to complications, is unable to commandeer it as quickly as he had hoped.

Arum Gilger, the bad guy who stole the ship, transported it to a harvesting colony called Cernee.

There he functions as a sort of criminal overlord and the locals a
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Leviathan Wakes
A bit of a slow start that required a reboot, then once I reached chapter seven or so, became very hard to put down.

It didn’t occur to me while reading, but when I set out to review, well, there’s this Scottish Earther-turned-Martian-rebel repo man, Fergus Feguson, far out in the farthest reaches of the human-occupied galaxy on a run to reclaim a stolen starship for some Shipmaker friends:


He meets up with a friendly, feisty, elderly lichen farmer who turns out to be a good person to know in a p
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Adventures of a space-age repo man! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Fergus Ferguson, a large, redheaded man from Scotland by way of Mars, has made a “career out of chasing things and running away.” He’s running away from his past, for reasons that gradually become clear. But right now he’s focused on chasing something: an expensive, sentient spaceship, Venetia’s Sword, that was stolen from its makers by Arum Gilger, a criminal mob boss. This repo mission has led Fergus to Cerneken or
Manuel Antão
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Lacking in SFional Meat: "Finder" by Suzanne Palmer

One of the biggest problems with SF is that from the 30s to the 70s the ideas are almost always better than the writing. The drive to fill the pulp magazines meant that an awful lot got accepted into print that would have not have been allowed in any other genre, except maybe cowboy stories. Even Detective fiction managed to keep respectability despite the crime pulp boom. Couple this
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at the BiblioSanctum

If you’re ever in need of something to brighten your day or give you a nice shot of energy after you find that a string of heavier, ponderous books has sapped your all your motivation, Finder by Suzanne Palmer is exactly the kind of pick-me-up the situation calls for. It’s nothing too deep or fancy, but it sure as hell gets the job done.

This is a tale set in the far-flung future, following the escapades of our protagonist
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
One advantage of being an accomplished short story writer is knowing how to get the ball rolling. It doesn’t take Suzanne Palmer long to ingratiate readers to Fergus Ferguson, the hero of her debut novel Finder: he has an appreciation for ironic self-deprecation and for little old ladies who can survive out in “The Gap”, a sparsely populated region of space near the outskirts of the galaxy. Being nice to old ladies may be a cheap ploy for sympathy by the author, but it works, and it’s undeniably ...more
Sherwood Smith
If you've ever been to Disneyland and ridden the original Star Wars ride (the one that seats you in a kind of cable car, and you begin floating along, then suddenly it jerks and takes a wild turn, begins to fall . . .) well, you'd have my visual image of this book.

It starts out so pleasantly, as Fergus Ferguson, a big red-head, rides a cable car with an elderly woman who is carrying a bunch of crates of lichen to sell.

A jerk, and things rapidly begin going wrong, setting off a wild adventure tha
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Fergus Ferguson is a swashbuckler: born in Scotland, running away to Mars where he starts an uprising against the fascist colonial authority, then running away again his problems/guilt to become a repo man. He is supposed to steal back a spaceship that was stolen by a gang leader, Arum Gilger, living in a backwater planet called Cernee. As he arrives, his cable car is attacked and he is saved by a grandmother. Fergus then finds himself in the middle of a civil war among gangsters and the governm ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story was fun. I thoroughly enjoyed main character and repo man Fergus Ferguson (who likes alliteration). He's in a region of space to repossess a spaceship, and becomes embroiled in a civil war, tangling with the local government and a local baddie, an arms dealer, clones, and a bizarre and mysterious alien race. Who are fascinated by him.
I've only read one short story by Suzanne Palmer ("Secret Life of Bots") before this, and am glad to say that moving to a long form doesn't diminish her
Peter Tillman
Finder is a solid debut novel by Suzanne Palmer. It’s a classic life-in-space adventure story, with enough novelty to keep it interesting. You’ve read the publisher’s blurb, right? The primary setting is Cernee, a distant solar system with no inhabitable planet. Instead, people have built a strange jerry-rigged series of habitats, some of reused spaceship hulks, some of mined-out asteroids. And linked by cableways! — a future revival of the old aerial tramways that were once common in 19th centu ...more
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars: If you're looking for a novel that will remind you of what you felt when watching Firefly, this is it. It was much better than I was expecting, and I loved all the quirky characters and humor.

What it's all about: our Scottish protagonist, Fergus Ferguson, wants to save/repossess an intelligent ship from its current unlawful owner, who's one of the big powers in a small colony which is a collection of habitats surrounding a gas giant in a far-off system. This is the kind of grimy, make
Looking for a swashbuckling hero who is part daredevil and part rogue with his own brand of charm? Meet Fergus Ferguson, now on a mission to recover (read that steal back) a certain spacecraft on a remote space settlement. Hang on tight as Suzanne Palmer blasts us of into a space opera adventure that plays out at the speed of light!

FINDER is fast, fun and furious as Fergus attempts to con the conman and retrieve the ship while escaping with his life. All in a day’s work for Fergus, but can he ou
Finder was not my typical read but I found myself captivated by this imaginative space adventure.

Fergus Ferguson is tasked with retrieving a sentient space craft that was stolen from its creators and he finds himself thrust into a space war that only a mastermind could possibly survive.

Lets just say nothing goes as planned by Fergus finds some amazingly loyal companions and some major life lessons along the way.

Like I said earlier, the plot was nothing like I expected but I really enjoyed Palmer
3.5 stars. It's a quick, fun read. Maybe I did not give it a higher rating because while I don't have specific critics or nitpick, I also did not find many things that made me think ''Oh wow this is fantastic!". What I can say is that it's so fast-paced I somehow auto-skimmed some of the action-y parts just to see where the plot would take me. I really think it works better in visual format so as to see all the mechanics.

Overall, it reminded me of Dark Matter, Killjoy, Firefly, eh you get the g
The Captain
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys! I didn’t know that this was the first book in a series but y’all I be so glad cause dang this was fun. The book follows Fergus Ferguson who is sent to repossess a sentient AI ship from Arum Gilger the man who stole it. Gilger lives in a backwaters colony called Cernee. It is supposed to be a slightly tricky but doable job for Fergus. It so isn’t. It’s a mess.

This is one of those stories where Fergus should die multiple times and doesn’t because of zany things that are impro
This was great. Often funny. Very twisty. I loved so many of the characters, Ferguson, Mari, Bale and Harcourt in particular. The aliens were very interesting as well and so was the Martian politics. I loved the map at the beginning of the book (I adore books with maps) and the place names were awesome: Bugrot, Humbug, Rattletrap to name only a few. Just a really enjoyable book.
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, reviewed
10/10/2020 Notes:

Rating Raised from 3.5 Stars for Characters to 4 Stars

I decided to use my Amazon credit to buy Driving the Deep ebook & audio bundle. Following my current trend, I re-read #1 before diving into the next book. I thought the details for characters and setting were well done. That was reinforced during the re-read and I enjoyed taking it all in for the second time.

It's too easy for a large cast to become two-dimensional and not stand out as individuals. I enjoyed the away Palmer m
A pretty original story about a futuristic repo man tasked to recover a stolen space ship. This is a fairly light read with space based action, adventure, humor and enough science to maintain the suspension of disbelief. It's not a hard SF book by any means, but better than quite a bit of what passes as SF nowadays.
Overall, if your a fan of John Scalzi or Dennis E Taylor then you will probably enjoy this book, it has a similar tone and feel to it.
Lee  (the Book Butcher)
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A genre mashup with sci-fi themes and settings. strongly reminded me of the westerns i read as a kid. where a "drifter" like hero gets mixed into local unrest and revolves to solve it for everyone's benefit. fans of the show firefly and star war will enjoy this because if any label can be attached here it's gritty sci-fi you see in those.

Fergus Ferguson, yeah that's the MC name, is in Cernee to do a job. Cernee is a satellite space colony on the edge of human occupied space Standard in sci-fi.
Kara Babcock
It’s fashionable among a certain throwback segment of science fiction fans to claim that the entrance of so many new women writers to the field has somehow diminished the quality of stories being published. This, despite the fact that women have always been writing in science fiction from its inception. But whatever—all I have to say is I don’t know what SF they’re reading, because much of the best SF I have read in recent years has consistently come from women. This is particularly true of spac ...more
Finder was one of those books that just grabbed my interest and fascinated me from the start. It was filled with action, intriguing alien races, and the main character, Fergus Ferguson, was a regular space MacGyver. Many times when he found himself in a tricky situation, and only had what was available around him, he had to come up an immediate solution to his problems. There were some pretty inventive and hilarious solutions that he constructed that were quite memorable and I loved seeing how t ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am Fergus Ferguson, and I find lost things. I’m going to bring Venetia’s Sword home because I said I would, and if I have to go through Gilger and the Asiigto do it, so be it.

While not exactly a law-abiding do-gooder, Fergus has enough charm to make readers like him. He specializes in chasing things, getting into trouble and running away. When he tries to recover a sentient spacecraft stolen from Shipmakers of Pluto by a ruthless crime boss Airun Gilger, someone makes an attempt at his lif
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Good story, generally well told, fun and engaging, though somewhat uninspired. The most interesting element is the setting - a deep space colony consisting of various sized asteroids, spinning wheel habitats, derelict ships and other structures, all surrounded by a sun shield and linked together by an extensive system of cables. The colony is loosely controlled by a centralized administration, as well as a set of rival, and sometimes enigmatic, factions. Palmer does an admirable job w ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
There were some very entertaining parts, but the story was a little too disjointed for me, and I never really connected with the humor.
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
TW: Suicide

A Scottish, interstellar repo man encounters mysterious alien spaceships, Martian weapons dealers, a family of near identical women and more in this wonderful debut from the Hugo-Award-winning Suzanne Palmer.

Fergus Ferguson is a finder, sent to retrieve stolen items. His latest job? Steal back the spaceship Venetia’s Sword from ganglord Arum Gilger, who is slowly taking control of an entire section of space, a colony called Cernee ruled by five rival fractions. As soon as Fergus arriv
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was a very fun read, reminded me of John Scalzi books or Murdorbot series. Still had its own vibe, its own character set which was very likable and fun to engage with.

If you enjoyed the books I mentioned, pick this one up too.
David H.
I wanted to read this book because I loved Suzanne Palmer's short story, "The Secret Life of Bots," so much, and I wanted to see what she'd do with a novel-length story. And what does she do? She writes a super-fun sci-fi story featuring a Scottish-born repo man trying to recover a stolen starship who accidentally sets off a civil war. Fergus Ferguson (yes) is just a fun character to follow as he infiltrates, exfiltrates, and otherwise cause a ruckus throughout at least three star systems. I can ...more
Executive Summary: I thought this was a relatively light and quick read. I enjoyed it well enough, but wasn't blown away by it.

Audiobook: Joe Hempel does a fine job as a narrator. Nothing special, but since I'm an audible subscriber I was able to listen to this one for free, so you can't beat that price.

Full Review
This book wasn't on my radar, but it was chosen by Sword & Laser for their October pick. The premise sounded interesting enough and getting a free copy made it easy to give it a tr

"Finder" by Suzanne Palmer is a terrific space opera adventure with a very likable main protagonist, an involved three dimensional war and aliens. Some might think the novel is overstuffed (and it is), but Palmer pulls it off by keeping the story moving, the situations fresh and the characterizations true and clear. Light and breezy, full of likable characters and chicanery. It’s a con, it’s a reverse heist, it’s a war and it’s got alien contact and alien meddling. But it’s a big fun read and th
Tim Hicks
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I'm still steaming from one of the reviews here suggesting that because this book doesn't bridge the gap between SF and Fine Lit'rachuh, it wasn't worth reading and probably wasn't worth writing.

Feh. The author gets to choose what kind of book it is, and is under no obligation to any reader. Many authors can't even align themselves with what makes money, because their compulsion is to write the story they want to tell.

Can Palmer write stuff that readers like? Hugo award says yes. Now, her firs
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