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- Publication Date: June 29, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07235Y6V3
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The Lunar Gambit: Starship Fairfax Book 1 - The Kuiper Chronicles Kindle Edition
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The Lunar Gambit follows the crew of the Starship Fairfax, focussing mostly on the command crew of the ship, including the First Officer Lucas Odin, who is the main character, Captain Harris, and other ship crew Caspar, Tompkins, Mulligan and the Ships Computer Socks.
The Crew are trying to transport an Ambassador to an important conference on Pluto, taking him from Mars out to the Kuiper belt.
The story has an interesting dynamic, in that the solar system has been split into 2 factions, those of the Empire that are part of Earth and Mars etc, and those from the Kuiper belt or ‘Fleet’. There has been a long standing fight against the Empire by the Fleet, but currently, there is an unsteady truce. This is the reason for taking the Ambassador to Pluto, to further talks between the two.
However, enroute, the ship is attacked by Pirates, and damaged to the point that the Fairfax is left adrift.
This leads to a series of events that take the crew into areas that are well out of their comfort zones, and the reader into a lot of action and very fast paced and entertaining reading. ‘Gambit’ moves at a non-stop pace as the crew try to save the ship, their lives, the lives of others, and possibly, the current state of the Solar System.
This book also sets the scene for future books in the series, giving us a feel for the various characters that are going to be an integral part of the series.
For those that have had a chance to read Douglas’ short stories, they will have had the opportunity to meet both Caspar and the mysterious ‘Darren’ that turns up later in the book. It is well worth reading both ‘Totaled’ and ‘The Trials of Io’ by the Author before reading this so you have an understanding of some of the characters, but also so you have a bit more background for the story. Having said that, it is by no means necessary, this is still a great story and a lot of fun. Trials is available when you sign up for his newsletter, and Totaled is available as an ebook or through the collection ‘The Officer’, as a short story. It is well worth looking at ‘The Officer’.
My issue with the book would be that the length is probably a little short for a full length book. However, given that this is a serial series, the length is not that much of an issue, especially given it is a really good read.
Douglas has done a great job of trying to develop the backgrounds of his characters, as well as giving us an interesting and detailed universe in which he has created his story.
I am really looking forward to the next chapter in this series (and will be getting it when it’s released).
Definitely worth the read if you love a good Sci-Fi series that is a fun and easy read, with some good characters and a fantastic story.
The pace of the book is fast, making it an easy read. I found the unpredictability of the plot the most enjoyable, though. It's refreshing to read something original.
I look forward to reading book number two.