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The Spur - Loki's Rock Paperback – September 10, 2012
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About the Author
A master of combining speculative science with blazing action, the writer of Doc Savage, Cryptozoica and the creator of the best-selling Outlanders series, Mark (James Axler) Ellis returns with a high-impact, fast-paced thriller that introduces an ensemble cast of adventurers ready to face whatever dangers the forgotten planet of Loki can throw at them.
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Colonel Quentin Crockett and his team have been sent in by Commonwealth Colonization Board, via the recently formed Offworld Operations to check it out.
Crockett's team consisted of their doctor, Quanah Bartholomew Parker, a Comanche, Alexis-Elgin Jones, psychologist, and Syne, a synthetic human computer.
Author Mark Ellis has set up a world part western, part science fiction, all fine entertainment.
We have two villains here; Django Bonner and Brigadefuhrer Fenris. Two men on opposing sides that Crockett and his team get caught up in.
Loki's Rock is a small town where Bonner holds sway and trades with The people in the mountain with a huge head of Adolph Hitler carved into it.
Lots of action, not to mention the attacks by the Lakota, who'd gone back to the old ways after the Catastrophes. Except they did use modern weapons.
Had a fine time with this one.
This book is pretty much in the same vein as 'Firefly', but for some reason it grabbed me more that that show does.
While this is a space western it also stands on its own merits. Long story short dept.: A team is sent from earth to check out a long ago lost colony world in the Orion spur. Many years ago there was an upheaval of sorts that destroyed the world for the most part and killed millions. All contact was lost. Now earth has decided to re establish contact and sent a team of experts to check out what really happened on Loki. The team makes it to Loki's Rock which is a town filled with the dregs of the not so new world Everyone including and especially the towns leader are all amoral and evil. It's a place where anything goes and the people trade in body parts with the mysterious people in a mountain a few days ride away. The mystery of the people who await in the mountain is interesting and surprising.
This book skirts a fine line between the far flung future and the distant past. You get Indians on horseback as well as robotic drones with lasers flying around. Throw in some lost in time Nazi's as well as an unknown race of aliens and you have the makings of a crazy thrill ride of a book. This was a very good read, I can't wait until the next volume comes out. If you like space westerns you can't go wrong here. Mark Ellis is an excellent writer who crafts decently paced books that are fun to read.
My complaints were minor and very few. The book ended rather abruptly but that's probably going to lead into the next one, at least I think it would. The first few chapters dragged a little, but as soon as it started to make sense what was going on it took off rather nicely.
Bottom line: This was an enjoyable read that went by quickly. It was a good, fun book to get lost in. I really had no complaints with it. Go read it and see what you think.
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