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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  52 reviews
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-nobl
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Daw Books
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars for this space opera adventure. Fergus Ferguson is a space-age repo man. His current mission: rescue an expensive spaceship "Venetia's Sword" from a criminal mob boss, Arum Gilger, who stole it. But things go wrong right from the start, when Fergus almost gets killed in a cable car explosion in the space colony where Gilger has his home base. Fergus allies with Gilger's enemies, who have their own issues with the power-hungry boss. Also, mysterious aliens with their own agenda.

Part hei
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Thank you, Berkley Publishing Group!
I am over the moon to receive this ARC (pun intended).

I am a big SciFi fan but haven't read any Adult SciFi since last Fall (the shame).
This one sounds action-packed and I am looking forward to getting to all 400-pages of it ((gulp)).

Repo Men in space?
Yes, please!

Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
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 life.
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took two days but believe me i wanted to read it in one go, super fun fast paced interesting space opera.

Fergus Ferguson fled Earth at 15 and never looked back. Since then he has worn many hats but the one he likes the most is that of a "Finder" or you know a Repo Man. His current task is to find and retrieve a cutting edge spacecraft the Venetia's Sword, simple enough right? What should be an easy task gets complicated real quick when Fergus arrives at Cernee a free-floating colony at the far
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this as an eARC from Netgalley.

This book was a ton of fun to read. It's filled with nonstop action that makes you start to feel sorry for the protagonist and wondering if he is ever going to get a break.

Fergus Ferguson (learn to love the name because he riffs off it with his pseudonyms) was hired to do a simple job - recover a stolen starship and return it to its manufacturer. The only time this job is going right is in the first paragraphs of the book. Everything goes off kilter pretty qui
Anne - Books of My Heart
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
3.5 hearts
Finder may not be the first book in a series but I had sort of first book syndrome.  The first half had me struggling to put it all together and then it was off like a bullet to the end! I did really enjoy it then.

There are many things to like.  The world is science fiction, space opera with some different species eve
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
First class tale of a repo man who has to make his way past aliens, personal demons, religious zealots, cops, robbers, and a local war to rescue a stolen (kidnapped?) AI equipped starship. Lots of likeable characters, some despicable ones too, and a plethora of juicy lines to savor, to wit:

Mari held out a takeout cup. “Lunch,” she said. “You’ve got to be kidding.” Reluctantly he took the cup from her and peered inside. “It tastes better if you don’t look at it,” she added.

The vibration grew, as
Penny Noble
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Generally, sci-fi isn’t one of the genres I read. I do, however, pick one up once in a while if the book sounds good, or it’s written by an author I’m already familiar with. This book, which I picked up because it sounded interesting, is a good find. I really liked the main character Fergus after getting into the book because he’s very interesting and different. I also liked most of the side characters, as well. I really do like books with adventure and action, and this book had loads of both. A ...more
Peter Tillman
Jan 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: new-tbp, sf-fantasy
"Fresh off her 2018 Hugo win for the novelette “The Secret Life of Bots”, Suzanne Palmer will debut her first novel in April 2019. Finder is the smart, witty, and fast-paced tale of Fergus Ferguson, interstellar repo-man, told in sharp prose that will have you laughing out loud. Fergus is a delightful reluctant hero—a bit of a con man and a thief, whose newfound allies sigh with exasperation as they agree to his latest implausible plan. You won’t want to miss this introduction to Fergus Ferguson ...more
Nicole (FearYourEx)
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
3/5 Stars
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the e-galley.

I loved how this book dived right into the action at first but I never really became fully interested in the characters or story. It felt a bit disjointed and confusing to me for the first 30% of the book. The plot was definitely interesting and I liked it. I loved all the action but because I didn't really attach myself to the characters I had a hard time with it. Would recommend others to try!
Loved reading this book so much. Ferguson Ferguson makes an excellent lead in this fast-paced hard-sf repo adventure set on the scale of a space opera but balanced on the heart of one very finely wrought character. Suzanne Palmer’s writing is delightful, and each detail is so well thought out I kept thinking: “well now that makes sense. So does that. Oh heck how did you — well, now I want one of *those* gadgets immediately.” In the fine tradition of all the best science fiction, I want to live i ...more
Thank you to the publisher for a free copy. All opinions are my own.

0-25% : Getting into the story. Finding out the quest.

25-50% : Reaching toward that goal! Yay having fun and really into the story !

50-75% : Deviating from the course, going someplace else, action action action... Okay, but am I supposed to care ? Why are we here ?

75-100% : Back on the main course, really interesting ! Much politics Yay... But part 3 kinda ruined it after all. Ugh too bad.

My critic as far as the writing goes is
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an eARC of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Fergus Ferguson is a galactic repo man. He left his past in a flooded Scotland back on Earth and headed out to the stars to seek his way. His newest job has taken him to the far reaches of the galaxy to reclaim a stolen ship from the Shipmakers on Pluto. What he thinks will be a simple job turns in to a harrowing adventure that helps him understand some things about himself.
After about the first 4 paragraphs the actio
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
*copy from the publisher/Netgalley in exchange for a review*

Finder is a snappy, smart space adventure from Suzanne Palmer. It’s a lot of fun, and has some clever big ideas lurking beneath some tremendously human characters and a breakneck plot.

The story is centred on the marvellously alliterative Fergus Ferguson. Fergus calls himself a finder. He retrieves things for people. That leans less toward dropped earrings, and more toward slightly larger things – in this case, a spacecraft. To retrieve
Heather Allen
Check out this review and others on 80 Books Blog!

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’ll just preface this review by saying that I don’t read a lot of sci-fi. So my depth of knowledge and reading analysis might be a bit limited in this review, but now at least you’ll understand why I say that the first five chapters were boring to me. I couldn’t get into the narrative at all. It was like pulling teeth. I requested the book because it has a super cool
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Fergus Ferguson is an interstellar repo man working for the shipmakers of Pluto to repossess Venetia's Sword, a state of the art intelligent ship from Arum Gilger, the criminal who ran off with it. His destination is Cernee, a higgledy-piggledy series of habs in space around a gas giant. They are connected by transport lines, but Fergus's first ride proves almost fatal. When his cable car is targeted by Gilger, he gets away but his fellow passenger, Mother Vahn, matriarch of a clan of (he assume ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new science fiction book from an author I had not read before (I got this as an eARC from Netgalley). It turned out to be a great read. Apparently Earth has done itself in so that most of mankind has moved out to other planets- or at least other manmade habitats. Mars seems to be the most viable planet in our solar system and it’s initial settlers have been pushed aside as the last inhabitants of Earth take over when they have to move. Fergus Ferguson is a young man who has many memories of hi ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a great read that I didn't want it to end. I do hope Suzanne Palmer goes on to write more books in this universe as it was a very well thought out setting.

Lately all the space books I pick up have hidden romances in them and I'm not really looking for that in my space books. This book has really zero romance but a lot of friendship building and trust building as well as quite a few developing relationships that are not romantic. Very refreshing.

Fergus was a stand out character he
I guess the takeaway from this book is while I didn't love it, I didn't hate it either.

The book started off interesting, the concept of a repo man in space was cool. The action starts ramping up, and then the whole Mars middle of the book scenario happened. That's when the book lost me. It felt disjointed, like two different books featuring the same character got smushed together. There just wasn't enough continuity between the two plot lines to make a cohesive novel for me.

I also feel like the
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the First ARC book I have gotten. the book itself did not have any big discrepancies that I noticed. The story took about 3 chapters for it to really get going and it was thoroughly enjoyable through out. the main character seems to have a chaos coin glued in his pocket with the amount of misadventure stuff that happens. I will not put any spoilers in here but I will say that the author has the funniest way of using a tennis ball I have ever heard of. I couldn't stop laughing for a coupl ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo
I'm not really a science fiction reader, but this book had me from the very beginning. Fergus Ferguson is a 'finder'. He recovers stolen goods and returns them to their rightful owners. He is currently on the trail of a stolen space ship that, literally, can think for itself if you know the answers to the questions it will ask. Fergus knows the answers, or at least he believes that he does, but first he has to get close enough to the ship to 'talk' to it. This task is made more difficult when he ...more
Jen (Book Den)
Hmm. I'm sad I didn't connect to this one like other reviewers seem to have connected with it.

Fergus Ferguson is a bit of an Indiana Jones type character, but he's having his action adventure in space. Fergus is a repo man, and he's on a mission to steal back a spaceship.

I think my issue lies in how action heavy Finder turned out to be. I love action, but this book was pretty full throttle the whole way through. When I started Finder, I thought "Yes! This is going to be so much fun!", but the le
A high 3.5-stars!

A super face-paced read. Action, action, action. Almost so much, it took a good chunk of reading (nearly half the book) for me to get any sense of attachment to the main characters and to not get lost in the settings. Yet, that might be because sci-fi is not my typical read. However, that said, I enjoyed this book. Fergus, Mari, and Bale well-written and colorfully expressive characters that made FINDERS a book I will definitely pick up again and would recommend.

Thanks so-much B
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