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Gravity of a Distant Sun

(Shieldrunner Pirates #3)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Adda and Iridian have survived the murderous AI that tried to kill them in Barbary Station and an evil megacorporation in Mutiny at Vest but now they’ll need all of their ingenuity to make it to the end of this epic trilogy.

Adda Karpe and Iridian Nassir are on the run—both from the authorities who want to imprison them and the artificial intelligence that want to cont
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Gallery / Saga Pres
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Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This series was incredible. Funny, heartbreaking, action-packed, intelligent, and just damn good.

My only criticism is that there were "jumps" in the writing on occasion. In one paragraph the characters would be one place and the next they'd be elsewhere. Or talking about one thing and the next another. It took a lot of getting used to, and it bothered me. That's why I rated each book four out of five stars. If it weren't for that, for the weird occasional shifts, it'd be 5 out of 5. Great story.
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
DNF. Didn't help that there is no indication anywhere obvious on the book cover or inside pages that this is the 3rd book in a series and I haven't read the others. Unfortunately I won't be looking to read those others as I found the writing too dry and emotionless for my taste. The plot and ideas are interesting, but just couldn't bring myself to care. 2.5 out of 5. ...more
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Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oops! I skipped book 2! The story does hold together without it though. I remembered the characters and the original story so it wasn’t hard to get past what happened in the second book. It about Artificial intelligences and Space Pirates! What could go wrong?
I like the story enough that I will be on the lookout for the second book so I can find out exactly what went down on Vesta.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wanted by the authorities for piracy, abandoned by their former pirate captain who'd thrown them to the wolves for political advantage, and pursued by three unshackled AIs who wanted them to help with some strange cause. Not like anything could get worse, right? ...more
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
A great end (at least I assume) to Adda and Iridian's story. Both of them have escaped the awakened A.I. for the moment but the A.I.'s are determined to find them and the authorities are determined to see them punished.

Both Adda and Iridian are on the run and its easy to see and feel the net closing in on them as the story progresses to the end. There are only so many places left to run and even those slowly get cut off from them. Its a slow, desperate, and well written fall as they try to stay
This gave me everything I expected (heists, computer hacking, competence porn, seedy settings, sticking it to corporate overlords), a fair bit of new world-building and some cool new characters, and a satisfying conclusion to the awakened AI arc within the series, but either because I knew what to expect or because I was reading this at the start of a global pandemic, I was never quite as hooked as I was for the last couple books. That said, I definitely want more in the world, if not more with ...more
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R. E. Stearns is the author of the Shieldrunner Pirates trilogy. When not writing or working, she reads, plays PC games, and references internet memes in meatspace. She recently moved to Denver, Colorado, USA with her husband/computer engineer and a large cat.

To find out what R. E. Stearns is up to, visit or @re_stearns on Twitter and Instagram.

Other books in the series

Shieldrunner Pirates (3 books)
  • Barbary Station (Shieldrunner Pirates, #1)
  • Mutiny at Vesta (Shieldrunner Pirates, #2)

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