“Dark Run” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Mike Brooks (http://www.mikebrooks.co.uk). Mr. Brooks has published two novels, both in his “Keiko” series.
I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and mature Situations. The story is set in a far future where humanity has spread to the stars. The primary character is Ichabod Drift, captain of the starship Keiko.
Drift and his odd assortment of 6 other crew members walk the fine line, or at least close to it, separating legal and illegal. Drift is approached by an old employer and forced to take a job smuggling a cargo into old Amsterdam on Earth.
As you might expect, the smuggling job falls apart leaving Drift and his crew being sought by the Europan government. The crew can either run and try to hide, or go after the man who set them up.
I thought that this was a great 13+ hour read of 434 pages! The book was fast paced with plenty of action. It reminded me a lot of “Firefly”, but yet was different enough not to be a clone. This has been one of the better Science Fiction novels I have read and I am looking forward to reading sequels. The cover is a little plain and you would not know that it depicts the starship Keiko unless you begin to read the story. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.
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