- File Size: 3390 KB
- Print Length: 205 pages
- Publisher: Kindle Worlds (April 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 18, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06ZYSKSC1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Fallen Empire: Rogue Derelict (Kindle Worlds) Kindle Edition
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There are 4 characters in this book: Benny the auditor, Lefty the cook/muscle/bodyguard, Blick the thug turned engineer, and Nori the supervisor/redecorator all of whom work for Lindzt the mobster. After Benny is assigned to "audit" the Kirian space station(aka work out the profit projections), she meets the other three who have been living on the space station for 6 months to a year with very little outside contact. Resupply runs happen every two months and their goal is to remodel the station for when a new trade route will be coming through their part of the galaxy.
The first 32% of this book is very slow, the characters have very little synergy and there are several stereotypical characterizations involved. Benny is the boring auditor who has lived a prim and proper life, Lefty and Blick are both your stereotypical mobsters, who due to circumstances have had to diversify their skill set, and Nori is the mobster's ex-mistress who has been forced to the space station though she has no clear reason for being there. Many of the changes made to the space station come across as throwing safety/logic out the window, but focusing on Nori's wants and what will provide profit. Blick's DIYer engineering has him angry at androids most of the time, but there are also illogical approaches to his changes to the system when he doesn't understand Kirian, aside from what he has learned from tutorials.
That being said all of that changes around 32% when the mysterious Kirian colony ship docks and the four characters are forced to work together. Again this crew is composed of only a few crew members: The Mind, the ambassador, the engineer, and the players. After discovering that the ambassador will only speak with Benny who has been mistaken as a Starseer, the crew begins to investigate the ship for possible windfall, as well as what its purpose was, and what happened to the crew. After getting their answers, they realize how much danger they could be in and begin to work on a way to disconnect the ship while saving the space station.
Fans of Fallout will probably like what Lallo did with the Kirian crew, it was a nice spin on the Starseer ability to survive in space. The information provided elaborates some on the mentality of Kirians before and during the Order Wars while addressing one of the popular issues of science fiction: What happens when your ship breaks and you're stuck in space, alone, for countless centuries? Overall I enjoyed this book, but I do feel it would not be remiss to rework the first 32% of the book to hook the reader more and get them invested in the characters.
Also, you definitely don't have to be familiar with the Fallen Empire World to enjoy this book - none of the characters from that series are in this book.
Note/nudge/hint to Mr. Lallo:
I really hope you write another book in this world - preferably following this crew of 4 oddballs because I think it would be fun and most likely very entertaining to see where they go from here!
I was already a fan of Mr. Lallo's Free Wrench and Bug Sigma series, but upon finishing "Rogue Derelict", I was amazed by how well it fit into Lindsay Buroker's Fallen Empire series.
Character development, plot twists and a darn good story. Now THAT'S good reading!
Fans of Buroker and Lallo will love this rollicking good yarn.
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