“Skyjacked” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Shirley Golden (http://www.shirleygolden.net). This is Ms. Golden’s first novel.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. This novel is set in 2154 when humanity has spread to the stars. The primary character is Corvus Ranger, a pilot with his own ship that operates just on the line between the law and being a criminal.
On a legal run transporting prisoners to the Europa prison colony, Ranger and his ship are taken over by escaping convicts. He is forced to pilot them far from Earth on a mission he does not understand. In addition to Ranger, there are Isidore, Shai, Josh and Bryce, inmates on Europa who are escaping. Warren and Janelle are among those Ranger had been transporting. Now the seven are on the run together.
Ranger is not happy at having his ship taken, but most importantly he is mad at Isidore and the others for keeping him from seeing his 10 year old son on his birthday. He had promised to be there and, for once, he had intended to keep his promise to see his son and estranged girlfriend.
As they encounter a few dangerous situations along their journey, secrets about the various passengers come out. Not all are as they first appeared to be. They also discover secrets that the “Core” (government) has been keeping from its citizens.
I enjoyed the 8+ hour I spent reading this 265 page Science Fiction novel. The characters were an interesting mix that made me think of the crew of “Firefly”. I liked the plot, but was surprised when the authored wrapped it up rather than laying an obvious path to a sequel. The Ranger character was not one of my favorite heroic characters. He would not be a person I would choose to befriend. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.
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