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 the far future. The primary characters are Captain Hammond Roystan, Junior Engineer Josune Arriola, and Body-Modification Artist, Nika Rik Terri.
The Road to the Goberlings and her crew led by Roystan had come across the infamous ship Hassim. The Road, while basically a merchant vessel, was not about to overlook a financial windfall. What they had found when they boarded the Hassim was the crew dead and the ship occupied by heavily armed Company men. The Road‘s crew took the Hassim from the Corporate men and claimed her for salvage. Roystan needed to lead his crew in a quick sale of the Hassim and disappear before the Corporation’s men could find them.
Arriola had been undercover on board The Road. She was really part of the Hassim‘s crew. She had been sent to The Road to keep an eye on Roystan. Terri had wound up in the pocket of ruthless Corporate thugs. While a Body-Modification Artist, she had more than enough ability to mend the Corporation’s men. When an assassin forced her cooperation, she took the opportunity to run from the Corporation.
Roystan, Arriola, and Terri find themselves together and struggling to avoid the same Corporation. The Corporation believes that Roystan may have information that will lead to an incredibly valuable mineral deposit. All of this leads the three into one dangerous situation after another.
I thoroughly enjoyed the 10 hours I spent reading this 416 page science fiction thriller. I liked all of the characters created for this novel. I did think the whole body-modification art was a bit weird, but we do have a growing ‘Body Hacking’ movement so who knows. It did give a little different twist to the plot. I am not a big fan of the chosen cover art. This is the third work of Dunstall and I have enjoyed them all, though I think this is the best of their novels. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.
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