I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in a universe where space travel is common. No mention of Earth is made. The primary character of the story is Unity Starship Captain Viktor Medreyev.
Medreyev had befriended a young boy and after years he receives a request from him to visit. This starts a long adventure for the ship Captain. More than one power is in play and they are willing to kill anyone who gets in their way. Young women are being cloned, ‘born’ with the knowledge of accomplished assassins.
Medreyev must throw his allegiance in with these women as forces at play within the Empire try to pull him in one direction after another. He attracts an interesting set of allies as they evade the Empire and try to determine what is best for the galaxy.
This was an OK read of 5.5 hours for this 250 page science fiction novel. While I like the overall plot and the characters, the story felt unpolished. To me, it needed another 50 or so pages of ‘polish’ to make the story read smoother. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.
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