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Fringe Runner (Fringe Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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> Gore and annihilation
> Lead character is a mature man with gray hair and a touch of arthritis, with a side of vitality
> Another lead character has a disability
> Themes of oppression and servitude/slavery
> Lots of planet -hopping
> Flashes of humor
And Fringe Runner is a seriously cool SF adventure.
Reyne is a great lead character. He's not a virile cocky alpha dude, but instead an older seasoned captain, struggling with age and his past. His crew is very interesting as well. My favorite was Throttle, the pilot and Reyne's adopted daughter. All of them get caught up in events that might destroy the life they have, and even kill them if they can't figure out what's going on.
I was hooked from the start. Aukes knows how to write a compelling story. There is lots of action, conspiracies, and dangerous situations. I liked getting to know Reyne and his past, and was rooting for him and his crew to come out of their predicament alive.
The world building is well done without unnecessary info dumps and while some things stay vague, there's enough explanation to be able to picture the planets and people Reyne and his crew encounter.
Some of the major story lines got their solution in this book, making sure you aren't left totally frustrated when finishing the book, but there's enough still unresolved to make you eager for the next book.
All in all I very much enjoyed this book and will be keeping an eye out for the next.
Fringe Runner borrows from, and in some instances quotes, Joss Whedon's fan-favorite television series, Firefly. The characters are likable, even though many are somewhat two-dimensional facsimiles of the character archetypes found in the Firefly series.
I found the dialogue somewhat stilted and forced at times as the characters seemed to be restrained from fleshing themselves out into what they might have become if the author wasn't trying to force them into the mold of Whedon's characters. Don't get me wrong. I, and many people I know, love(d) Firefly, but I see a difference in using Whedon's story as a muse and outright forcing your story and its characters to become likenesses of the original.
Overall, there was enough originality to make Fringe Runner its own story, but it felt forced and confined by the parameters of the author's attempt to recreate Whedon's Firefly. Essentially, if you're a Firefly fan, you're probably going to like this book and read it for its similitude. One of the things that kept me reading was just to see how many lines, references, and direct similarities there were to the Firefly series.