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- Print Length: 300 pages
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- Publisher: Crossroad Press; 1 edition (October 13, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 13, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MDM9MCT
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As with all CT Phipps books, this one is very character driven. As good as all the sci fi elements are, the complexity of the plot is, it is the characters that drive everything. From Cassius, the war hero pilot who was cloned by a powerful noble to displace his two born children, and has struggled to follow his own path, to Isla, the beautiful burned bioroid who was a pleasure slave and is now struggling to be free against her programming, to Clarice, Islas other lover and a woman with a past as deep as Cassius, the cast of characters all have many hidden layers. their motivations make sense in the context of their environments. They all have interesting back stories, which are slowly drawn out throughout the book. This group of characters is very much an example of reactions showcasing nature vs. nurture. Can a noble's clone from an amoral society built on slavery and privilege, a feudal society in all but name, safeguard the lives of those that in a previous life he wouldn't have given a whit about? Can a bioroid pleasure slave violate her programming and fight for what she believes in? These are the types of quandaries the characters have to deal with, and so many more. When these characters all find out what is behind all the plots, will they stay and fight, or cut and run? You'll have to read it to find out, but it is worth the time investment.
The plot is very complex, with many twists and turns, betrayals, double and even triple crosses. It seemed everyone in the book had at least one secret, and many of the characters had multiple secrets. As always, even when dealing with very dark subject matter, CT Phipps manages to inject some humor and snark into the proceedings, keeping this from turning into Grimdark Game of Thrones in space. The characters are all relatable on some level, which is not something every writer excels at creating, but which this author has always managed. As you read further in the book, new layers open up before you, sucking you deeper into the story. The sci fi elements are all really well executed, and there are even a few new touches for the genre that definitely have the WOW factor to them. Definitely a treat for sci fi fans.
The author is working on the sequel, and I can't wait to get into it! You will find yourself getting invested in these various characters, and wanting to see where their next adventure takes them. I would rate this 6 stars if I could, but unfortunately 5 is all we are allowed to rate it. I cant recommend this book highly enough to any fans of sci fi or thrillers. It is in a class all its own!
Without attempting to give any spoilers:
The primary protagonist, while not your average Han Solo-type character (but who is, except Han Solo) starts off screwed. His life is a big ol' ball of pain and petty betrayals, everyone he's ever cared for has been turned into itty-bitty flecks of dust floating through space, he's pretty much alone in the big empty surrounded by folks who's faces he wouldn't pee on if their eyeballs were on fire, and his outlook on existence is that the galaxy in general can suck it.
Then, things REALLY take a turn for the worse.
The novel isn't glutted with tons of psudo-science speak (which is a good thing, in my opinion) and focuses on character interaction and byplay (as opposed to the inner workings of dreamed up star drives), but there's still more than enough other-worldly tech to satisfy even the most eclectic fan of mech and megabytes. To sum up, LUCIFER'S STAR is a space-going romp through the star-speckled back streets (on several worlds), and I'm actually quite looking forward to more novels in this series, and this universe.
Can't wait to see where the galactic byways take the mercenary, misfit crew of the Melampus next!
The characters are superbly fleshed out and you are left to wonder what you would have done in their place. Would you betray your family if they committed evils? Would you kill one stranger to save another? Would you kill innocents to stop even more innocents from being killed?
Cassius Mass, the Fire Count, is the clone of a noble, created to take over for his "father", who instead became the hero of his world for his prowess in the cockpit of a starfighter. He led many loyal men to their death in the name of his planet. Losing everything, he hides his identity and drinks to forget his lost family. Until he is found out and put to work by the very government he once fought against.
An outstandingly well written story of hard choices and plasma pistols. This is the sort of story I recommend when I am asked great sci-fi.
Phipps has a way with dialogue, and he plays to his strengths in Lucifer’s Star. There were a few times that I craved more environmental detail and world-building outside of conversation, but the bottom line is I envy the way Phipps can keep the momentum of his story charged through the simple act of people talking and arguing.
To that point, Lucifer’s Star is filled with well-drawn characters, particularly Cassius himself and Isla, Bassius’s lover and—we soon find out—a bioroid with the body of a woman and the brain of a robot. (You’ll be forgiven for naughty thoughts about this character.) Prepare yourself also for an onslaught of clones and starfights, intricate backstories and dastardly motivations. And through it all, there’s Phipps’ sense of humor on full display.
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