Enjoy the adventure
It’s 200 years in the future and an alien race wants to exterminate all humans. If the Earth-based military forces do not defeat the enemy, all will be lost. In an effort to disrupt the alien’s capability to wage war, a space ship is sent on a dangerous mission to destroy supply lines. But, instead of selecting one of their best, the military has chosen a ship deemed unimportant and, if lost, of little consequence.
Like so many military sci-fi books, humans have angered another race and must battle a foe that has superior forces and technology. Unlike other books, this one is focused on shipboard life and the challenges faced by a crew at war. Reminded me of the movie “Master and Commander – the Far Side of the World” staring Russell Crowe.
Got this book to hear the story of a hard fighting, hard drinking space mercenary. I was expecting the hero to be a tough talking woman who takes down aliens with her big guns. But “Fortune’s Pawn” is also the story of girl meets guy, girl gets guy, girl worries about losing guy. I do not care about the problems of dating in space.
Hank lives on an unimportant space station that is located at the far end of the Colmarian Empire, a confederation of planets that no one else wants. Hank is a level four mutant that is bulletproof (but it still stings) and earns his living by doing odd jobs for the Bosses who run the space station. Most of the time, Hank does not seem very smart, but has flashes of brilliance during a crisis. The book moves quickly from one ridiculous situation to the next and is full of over the top action sequences.
As a member of the science fiction humor genre, the book is for enjoyment and listeners should not expect life altering messages. My rating is based on the book’s entertainment value, but I was disappointed that the second half of the book is rushed and ends abruptly.