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Pirates of I'ab (Zaran Journals)
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But the author laces intrigue by building a corrupt political system around the planet I'ab that favors piracy. Ven must outwit both the bureaucracy and the pirates if he is to have success in this area of space. Ven is a well evolved character balancing both family issues and resisting a drug addiction as he struggles to outwit the pirates time after time.
The book does drag a bit as the game of cat and mouse continues over dozens of hyperspace runs on the Nova Trango, but eventually Ven gets some help from special agents and acts to deal with the pirates at their source - their cold and harsh leader known only as the Dolf. There are also some places where the character does not contribute to moving the overall story forward, and these places are often found in passages involving Ven's family. Some of these family passages seem to be a set up for future books, but they do not weave well into this story.
Overall the book is a solid read from a blossoming author.