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Soldier of Fortune: A Gideon Quinn Adventure (The Fortune Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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When a crystal power source was found technology advanced, but only to the point of airships and steam vehicles, thus, though not set on Earth in the late 19th century, this fantasy has a distinct steampunk flavour. The power source became the cause of a war, but it’s over when this story begins.
The world of Fortune has the roughness of a frontier society and we meet our central character Gideon Quinn in a brutal prison, where he was sent after an incident during the war. We find out why in bits and pieces as the author weaves flashbacks in throughout the unfolding story. It’s a risky format, but Ms McClure pulls it off. Gideon gets a reprieve and sets off for Nike city in search for the man that killed 6 of the Corps he lead and forced him to sign a confession for the supposed crime.
The plot is an unpredictable series of events that lead, among other things, to the unravelling of the identity of a mystery spy. It was one of those stories I just wanted to keep on reading, not just because of the great story, but also because of the characters and the great mix of humour and action packed drama.
Gideon meets a dodger called Mia and has a pet draco called Elvis, a reptile resembling a small dragon, and both characters are complex, likeable and well-drawn. The secondary characters are also well-rounded.
The central characters, though rough around the edges are ‘decent’ people, actually I like to call such characters noble characters because, though they are willing to kill those they deem deserving of it, they are always willing to lend a hand to those in need of one. They also respect those on a different side if they’re just earning a buck and it’s nothing personal.
The prose is excellent with great rhythm, punctuated with lovely quips, but the book does need a proofread. Had it not had the many copy errors, I would have given this 5 stars. As it is I can only give it 3 stars, and that’s being generous, because I don’t want to put people off what is, despite this problem, a great read. It wasn’t bad enough for me to walk away from the story, but only because the story and characterisation were excellent.
If you like sci fi with a steampunk flavour and can put up with a bunch of copy errors, then I recommend this book, but it doesn't seem fair that if the author isn't prepared to pay an editor to proofread their work that we should have to pay to buy it. Luckily, I got it on a promo. I'd have been annoyed if I'd paid full price for it.
The planet's religion is a nature-centric cult that is organized around beekeeping. The Apiary is held in high esteem and is tended by Keepers who serve both as priests and enforcers of the environmental rules. The Monastic order gardens, tends to children, and apparently keeps the bees. This has ensured that all the planet's swear words are related to honey, a nice little conceit. This may be a planet that was colonized by Mormons who forgot the other aspects of their religion as time took it's toll.
I loved this book, and am looking forward to the others in this series. I have always been fond of books where the hero is undefeatable, and the suspense lies in how he is going to defeat his adversaries, not if he is going to. Well written, and it held my attention as it plunged forward at full gallop. I am grateful to the author for offering it at a reduced price, so I voluntarily have given this honest review.