- File Size: 908 KB
- Print Length: 385 pages
- Publisher: E.M. Swift-Hook (March 22, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 22, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XSTSYNR
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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If you love science fiction with complex plotting, note-perfect world-building, and characters who are as flawed and complicated as everyone you meet in real life, then you must read this book.
Every single character has a well-developed backstory (that is never belabored) and place in the convoluted machinations of a universe that is full of the same inequities of our world today, writ larger. While the characters struggle to balance their personal integrity against the demands of situations that challenge and insult those values, you really feel their dilemmas. How does one honor an old friend when they no longer know who they are? Who is a hero, and who is a terrorist or outlaw? How does one deal with a past one cannot recall? When does one have to stop thinking a person is a friend and decide they are an enemy—and vice versa?
This is a continuation of Swift-Hook’s FORTUNE’S FOOLS series, but in no way do you need to read the previous books to be almost instantly immersed in the main action of TRUST A FEW. Do yourself a favor and start reading this immediately!
I loved the Transgressor Trilogy, so I was very excited to read this first book in the continuing saga of Fortune's Fools. It did not disappoint me. The characters are well written, full of very human flaws, and sometimes not very nice, but they are real to me. Jazatar Baldrik is a dark man both in looks and in spirit, but he has his own code of honor. He is loyal to his friends, even when they don't deserve it. Avilon is broken, even more so now than in the previous trilogy. His only hope is in his friends, but will he let them help him?
This book is complex, with a lot woven into the story and the world that supports it. E.M. Swift-Hook delves into the dark underbelly of the struggle between government control and the fight for freedom. It reminded me of the movie Serenity. The government has the general populace believing they are safe and well cared for, but the steps the Coalition must take to keep up that façade are less than beneficial to anyone outside of the mainstream.
I highly recommend Trust A Few and after you read it, go get the Transgressor Trilogy. It will be worth it.
As well, it was a little hard to appreciate what the three main characters, all men, had in bonding to one another. The loyalty and friendship seemed to be from past history thus making me wonder why they wanted to continue to be emotionally invested into one another. Surely there are better places to aspire. Why stay in a crime-ridden metropolis? In the first trilogy, at least all the three main characters were on a primitive planet with very limited access to faster-than-light speed. Here, they can leave anytime. As well, I sometimes found the plot hard to follow, not being able to figure out what the overall story is or what had been accomplished hundreds of pages later other than the enjoyment of seeing familiar characters back together one more time. If I had to sum up this book to a friend, I probably would struggle.
I always liked Durban Chola, and he seems like the only reasonable man here, and I liked the new character Charity Sweetling. Although it seemed a bit at times that her initial cast-off into stateless person was a bit forced, and she seemed to be along for the ride.
Not only has Swift created a fabulously complex world, she has filled it with characters that are so real, you will find yourself thinking about how they would handle events in your daily grind. I confess to having more than one, ‘what would Durban do’ moments.
As with previous books, I can’t figure out how to describe the plot without giving key elements away. Nothing about this series goes in a straight line. And although the characters are always true to their motives, there are no givens in this brilliantly written book. Just when you are positive help will be waiting around the next corner, your characters are met with a cliff instead and you will be unable to guess if they will jump or climb.
The writing is eloquent with a wonderful balance of description and dialog. The pace is steady and the world so immersive that you will fully expect to open your door and be greeted by a smiling Durban (my favorite character) waiting to decide if he kill you or keep you on one more day.
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