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Good pacing and tight action!,
This review is from: Thief (Fringe) (Kindle Edition)
Lives and futures are ruled by the Inner World Government (IWOG), unless you've got the skills and the guts to make your own way on The Fringe.
Captain Jace Lawless runs a salvage ship, the Mutiny. Staying just out of reach of the by-the-book IWOG officials, he manages to remain one step ahead of starvation, death, or worse - being grounded. He and all of his crew hate the IWOG--they've all lost friends and family to the grinding wheel of the IWOG's corporate greed and heartlessness. In Jace's case, his wife and three children were killed when the Government decided to subdue his planet by unleashing a virus that targeted only humans and left the livestock and land intact.
Things are going just fine - well, maybe not just fine, but they're surviving - until the crew gets a job to salvage a derelict vessel. They run up against rival Captain Kraft, who also has a claim to the salvage job. The two captains eventually decide to split the profits amicably and go their separate ways until fate throws them together again later.
For Kraft, she has two things in life that nobody can take from her--her honor and her heart. She also has a dark secret. Meanwhile, fate has placed her in the hands of Captain Lawless. Time will tell if she can stay alive with the two things most precious to her intact.
Thief is a fun space-western futuristic romance. Jace is a fantastic hero. Kind, yet hard, handsome, honorable, he's got it all. Kraft, for her part, is a strong female character. She's tough, she can more than hold her own, and despite being in a precarious position, she maintains her pride and her strength while still retaining her femininity. The remaining crew of the Mutiny is a family, and the interactions between them are interesting to observe, especially the way they deal with each other. They may get on one another's nerves, but they've always got each other's backs.
Good pacing and tight action speeds the story along with a believable plot and several adversaries. My only problem with the book was its resemblance to Firefly. Don't get me wrong - I love Firefly. When I first started Thief, I thought to myself "Oh, wow! This is awesome!" Unfortunately, in a couple of places the scenes were so similar to the show that it left a little bit of a sour taste. One of the supporting characters could be Jayne Cobb's twin. Again, this isn't necessarily a bad thing - Jayne's one of my favorites from the crew of Serenity. At the same time, the sense of deja vu stole some of the originality from the book.
Thief does get its legs after the initial character introductions and world-building have taken place, and at that point the story takes off on a mission. If you strap yourself in, you'll be in for a fun ride with plenty of action and laughs along the way.
Reviewed by Arkali
for The Romance Reviews