“King of Thieves” was published in 2015 and was written by Evan Currie. Mr. Currie is the author or co-author of 15 books. This is the first of his “Odyssey One: Star Rogue” series, which follows in the world he created for his “Odyssey One” series.
I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are instances of Violence and Mature Language. This Science Fiction novel is set in a far future where Earth is colonizing other worlds, and has been attacked by an alien species. The primary characters are Captain Morgan Passer and Commander Daiyu Li.
Passer is now Captain of a Rogue Class destroyer star ship, the Autolycus, on it’s maiden voyage. The Autolycus has been sent on a deep space mission to scout a number of stars that data from the James Webb telescope has identified as anomalous. He has a history in the Confederation navy as a submarine commander. He is now leading his crew on a mission to uncover information on the alien species that nearly destroyed the Earth and humanity.
Li is from the Block and is a brilliant scientist, now she is First Office on the Autolycus. Li and Passer must work together, but history of their recent rivalry is hard to overcome.
The crew of the Autolycus consists of Block and Confederation personnel. People, who were at war with one another only a few years earlier. They now must struggle to overcome long established hatred as well as deal with the unknown threats that their exploration presents.
The story follows in the long cherished tradition of the “Star Trek” TV series, presenting new planets and new threats. The story really follows multiple characters as they explore space, and encounter new mysteries. I spent around 7 hours with the novel and really enjoyed it. It makes me want to go back and read the sister series as well as Mr. Curie’s other books. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.
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