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Overdraft: The Orion Offensive by [Miller, John Jackson]
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From the Author

Having spent most of my career writing comics and prose fiction in the licensed universes of Star Wars, Mass Effect, and Iron Man, the new Overdraft series represents my first prose journey into one of my own science fiction worlds. And so, naturally, Overdraft: The Orion Offensive has a lot of the elements that I really enjoy writing. It's space-trading space opera with a military SF bent -- and quite a bit of humor.

The sandbox is a lot of fun to play in. There's no instantaneous communication in the "Whirliverse," so commerce is very much more like it was during the time of the East India Company, which was my inspiration. And there's a size limit to interstellar transportation, which literally changes the shape of once-familiar starships: everything's modular. It's stellar travel in the Age of Rail!

It's all the backdrop for a fun and frenetic race, as Jamie Sturm desperately tries to earn back the money to save his expedition -- and his own skin -- one interstellar sales trip at a time.

About the Author

John Jackson Miller is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Kenobi, Star Wars: Knight Errant, Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith - The Collected Stories, and fifteen Star Wars graphic novels, as well as Overdraft: The Orion Offensive. A comics industry historian and analyst, he has written for franchises including Conan, Iron Man, Indiana Jones, Mass Effect, and The Simpsons. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife, two children, and far too many comic books.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5093 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477807527
  • Publisher: 47North (April 2, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BFVOGUI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,433 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Overdraft: The Orion Offensive is a solid effort for JJM. I'll admit I wasn't a huge fan of the first two episodes; however, the serial has gotten better as it's gone on (primarily due to the characters being fleshed out more - they become a lot more likeable as the serial goes on). I'm not a huge fan of the serial format, but JJM makes it work (mostly), due to his experience writing comics and connected short stories (LTotS). This is definitely more of a humorous take on sci-fi although it has enough weight to it to keep it enjoyable. Overall I'll give it 4/5 for now (through episode 5) and may bump this up to 5/5 if the serial continues its upwards trajectory. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who likes light-hearted, Saturday matinee type sci-fi or anyone who is a fan of JJM's other work.
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"Greenmail", the title for Episode 1 of Overdraft: The Orion Offensive, is a great start to a series that promises to be fun, humorous and entertaining. John Jackson Miller takes readers on a journey across the stars with a colorful cast of characters. The galaxy he explores is closer to The Hitcherhiker's Guide to the Galaxy than Star Wars or Star Trek, one filled with strange aliens, offbeat humor, off-the-cuff wit and genuine laughs. It's fun in a galaxy not so far away.

"There was life in outer space, but you didn't want to get it on you."

The story picks up four days after the events of "Human Error" (Armored anthology by Baen Books), John's first foray into this universe (though you won't have to read that story to understand this one). Chief Bridget Young, leading her Surgical Strike Team, battles the relentless threat of Spore in close quarters combat with lasers and power-armor. But the Spore is just the opening salvo of the story. Elsewhere in the galaxy is Kalvox, the Black Priest of The Severed. Kalvox is a spiritual leader whose power is fading and his converts are now turning on him with lethal force. Meanwhile on Venus, investment broker Jamie Sturm is doing some insider trading with interstellar commodities in a lucrative plan to get rich quick. Like most get rich quick schemes, it fails, and the impetus of that failure leads to all three character threads crashing together.

Fans of John Jackson Miller's Knights of the Old Republic comics will certainly enjoy this story. They both have the same kind of tone. Even when there's more serious things going on, humor isn't too far away. It makes for great storytelling that's equally fun and entertaining. One of my favorite characters in the story is Kalvox.
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If you are looking for a great couple-hour space romp with a dash of humor, this is it. It has action and surprising plotting in spades, a dash of possible romance and some really crazy alien trading. Any of this sound interesting to you? Then give Overdraft a try.
As for my review, why the three stars? Overdraft was originally published as a Kindle serial. I read it in complete form, as a Kindle Daily Deal. I still kept in mind, however, that it was created with an episodic format, and that each episode should probably have a cliffhanger ending. The plot and progression really shine here, as a novel about a trading expedition to alien planets can be episodic quite naturally. The author's ideas about interstellar travel and alien biology were also engaging and new to me. I've read a lot of sci fi and he managed to surprise me enough that I kept reading.
The pacing was also fantastic, right down to later surprises. I loved watching the author skillfully tangle his characters in problems (especially toward the end) and then work everything out in a believable way.
So why did it miss two stars? This may be minor to some, but the characters gave me some problems. I was halfway through the book and constantly getting characters other than Bridget, Jamie and Hiro confused (as an aside, what happened to Hiro?). Granted, I know there were a lot of members on the guard teams, but I really had nothing to attach most of the names to. The last half of the book developed some of the characters, and this is an action-oriented adventure, so maybe the above is really more minor than I think. Still, as a serial I would have been confused for quite some time, so I thought it worth mentioning.
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I love this stuff. I read award winning books, best sellers, classics, and other literature in an attempt to enlighten myself and become a more cultured human being. However, I always go back to my comic book, sci fi, noir, dime store westerns and good ole basic pulp fiction. Just good fun reading. If you like stories about mercenaries and trade merchants galavanting around the universe trying make the next big deal and not get killed by strange aliens, then you should read this. If you need sophistication and culture, try something else.
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Great fast-moving story with a lot of humor and an interesting scenario. I loved the imaginative portrayal of a galactic economic system in which you never know who or what you'll be trading with next. Also appreciated that the author didn't feel obligated to include explicit sex scenes, sadistic violence or extensive profanity.
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