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From the first introduction of the initial Harry Watt volume, we learned, ‘`For Harry Watt, Bounty Hunter, simply doing what he's told was never an option. When the best hydrologist on Earth goes AWOL after first helping himself to some company funds, Judge Headlock, Harry's employer and nemesis, instructs him to bring back the runaway to face justice. A trip to Mars onboard one of the new ships with the StrateLine Drive sounds like fun, but Harry soon discovers something stinks about this job, and it's not one of his socks. He realizes he must first travel to Venus Station, but it's not easy to be in two places at once. And getting framed for murder doesn't help matters. So with the help of his dead partner, an erstwhile assistant, and a host of lady friends, Harry embarks on a rip-roaring ride through the Solar System in a bid to prevent a Martian civil war, and maybe earn a few credits along the way.'
Now Rob gives us Prologue to erase the lapse since the first book in a fine little Prologue: ‘Harry emerged from the tunnel, panting, and looked around. The sound of pursuit was close behind him. He walked several paces forward to be confronted by a sheer drop, a blackness with no bottom in sight. Glancing either side he saw only a narrow ledge, littered with rocks and shale. The fact that any one of these could cause him to lose his balance and fall into the deathly pit didn’t concern him as much as the fact he would be out in the open. Looking back and up he saw only a sheer cliff face that climbed out of sight. There truly was nowhere to go. “Well this is just great.” Harry felt that now was as good a time as any to activate his emergency transponder, so at the very least his colleagues would know where to pick up his body. For Harry Watt stood on the brink, his eyes closed for a moment while he contemplated a vivid sense of death. He opened them to gaze at the darkened vista before him, his breath rasping in his helmet. He heard a noise behind him, sensing the movement of the man who would kill him. He waited, his back to his enemy, for that final breath to come. The voice, therefore, surprised him. “Your move Harry,” it said. “Either you jump or I shoot. Your choice buddy.” Harry couldn’t help but grin. Either option didn’t really matter. His exertions during his sprint through the labyrinth meant he was pretty much out of oxygen anyway. Even the suit’s AI voice had given up telling him how dire his predicament was. He turned his head slightly and looked down, as if straining to hear something. Nothing. He looked up again at the broken and rugged landscape, the deep black sky with the endless display of stars stretching out before him. He kicked at the dust and watched as the shower of tiny pebbles took an age to roll off the edge and disappear into the bottomless chasm before him. How the hell did I get here? How did it come to this?’ So we’re knee deep in Harry’s return.
The summary hints at what is ahead – ‘Harry Watt is back. Just as dashing, just as handsome, just as broke. Harry is now the sheriff of Mars Central, and it’s his job to keep law and order, a simple task for a twelve-year veteran of the Bureau. But Harry’s life is seldom simple. When his former employer, and all round sociopathic capitalistic madman, Judge Headlock, declares war on the Martian colony, Harry is charged with its defence. But that’s not all. Civil war is looming, there’s something very odd about Phobos, and if that’s not enough, the miners have chosen this moment to go on strike, telling anyone who will listen that they are seeing Martians. If Harry is to save the day, he must travel to Triton, Neptune’s giant moon, and confront his most bitter enemy in order to procure atomisers, a weapon so terrible all decent places have banned them. But there’s just one snag. How do you get to the fringes of the solar system quickly enough, and then get back in time to prevent an invasion? Luckily for Harry, Professor Hardwick, the foremost authority on all things quantum, lives in Mars Central, and claims to have developed a brand new engine, one that will make the StrateLine Drive as obsolete as a carthorse. However, there’s a problem. Hardwick is certified, not to mention crazy for his ex-wife, a lady Harry knows all too well. Harry must trust to luck that the professor doesn’t remember him, and is not the nut case everyone says he is. Will Harry get to Triton and back in time? Will he get the guns? Will he keep his testicles? Find out as he and his crew embark on an outer solar system odyssey, a journey destined to make heroes of some, and martyrs of others.’
There just aren’t many writers penning science fiction stories that have the abundant humor and fine tuned timing as Rob Guy. He is on top and likely will stay there. Grady Harp, February 17
The protagonist is the sheriff of Mars, cool right? When his former employer unleash an attack on the Martian Colony, chaos will spread through the whole universe and it’s up to our badass sheriff, Harry Watt, Lock and Load, just as dashing, handsome and broke, to keep peace.
I love science-fiction and when it takes the concept of a civil war to space and other races and planets, it makes my inner nerd to just explode from pure awesomeness, I love every part of this book and every time I read something and I was picturing everything on screen if they make it to a movie (which I hope they do).
At the same time it’s odd, though, because I don’t like Star Wars, I have nothing against it but I just don’t find it entertaining at all, and yet, at the same time I’m looking to read more about Harry Watt and more epic stories like this one!
Great story. I am really enjoying this Harry Watt series. Light hearted humor coupled with non-stop action on Mars and various moons. Looking forward to the next volume!