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I will not disclose any of the plot, you can certainly pick that up from the synopsis and other reviews. But if the plot does not seem of great interest, DO NOT use that as an excuse to avoid picking up this great find. In fact, one does not even need to love sci-fi to enjoy this story. The themes are universal in nature and if you do not enjoy this story then you may need to have your pulse checked. I'm strongly recommending this book to my friends and family - it's an absolute steal at this price. Looking quite forward to Mr. O'Brien's next effort.
O'Brien's story is quite simply a lot of fun, a suspenseful page turner that'll keep one reading as Collier finds himself at odds with an estranged lover as well as the corporation eager to drive independent miners out of the "asteroid mining" business. Using humor throughout, O'Brien carefully crafts a story of one man's yearning to finally make something of himself. At times poignant, at times thrilling, "Beltrunner" is a welcomed addition to the genre that admirably echoes the sensibility of Cervantes, perhaps Spain's best-known classical author, providing a new context for the universal desires of satisfaction, love, and purpose in life.
The main difference between this and earlier works is that earlier works usually got the technical details right. FYI Oxygen does not burn and Fools Gold is not an element. I am unsure what orbital gyrations result in an asteroid that is not too far from Ceres but goes completely out of human reach in a few days. It is to me unclear what use a machine that only makes small amounts of individual elements might be to an advanced society and why the artifact could or would not have been built to make compounds.
The Captain's final decision is incomprehensible, given that it does not deliver him from evil. Perhaps there is a follow-on planned and we will find out.
I received a review of "Beltrunner" by Sean O'Brian (EDGE-Lite) through LibraryThing.com.