Book Review – “Vick’s Vultures” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Scott Warren. This is Mr. Warren’s fourth publication.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains lot of Mature Language. The story is set in the far future. Earth has discovered that it is not alone in the universe. It has also discovered that Earth technology is far, far behind most other civilizations.
The major powers in the universe are the Malagath, Dirregaunt and Kossovoldt. All three are at war with one another and have been so for centuries. The primary character of this story is Victoria Marin, Captain of the Union Earth Privateer ship Condor. Since Earth is so far behind technologically, it must send out Privateer ships to scavenge the wreckage of war to catch up with the other races.
The Condor picks up a distress signal from a Malagath ship. They arrive in time to save a handful of Malagath survivors and escape before the pursuing Dirregaunt ship arrives. Things get complicated when the First Prince of Malagath is discovered to be one of the survivors.
Marin and her crew then must use every trick they know to stay ahead of the Dirregaunt ship and survive.The Malagath survivors mix with the Earth crew and some surprising friendships result. It becomes a race as to whether Marin can get the survivors back to Malagath territory before the Dirregaunt catches and destroys them.
I thoroughly enjoyed the 5.5 hours I spent with this 226 page Science Fiction Thriller. The Marin character reminds me of Honor Harrington a little. This was a good space military saga and I look forward to reading more about Marin and the Condor. The cover art is a good depiction of the Condor. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.
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