FinnTech has allied with the aliens who once pushed humanity to the brink of extinction. No one knows their next move.
In desperation, Rada and Webber fly to the Locker. A pirate station in Uranus orbit, its fleet may be the only thing capable of resisting the FinnTech forces. But as Rada fights to bring the Locker to her side, she discovers a new conspiracy.
FinnTech's move has been decades in the making. And they won't stop until the solar system is theirs.
©2015 Edward W. Robertson (P)2016 Edward W. Robertson
Robertson again excels at creating an exciting story around richly detailed space environments. The two chief story arcs each have two primary protagonists. One team, from the Hive, being Rada and Webber and from the Locker we have Kansas and Ced. I'm having difficulty determining which of these duets' story arcs is most compelling since they both have a set of extremely interesting characters and histories.
Rada is a gutsy pilot whose team are given special operations missions from the Hive leader, Webber being the one that's there for her with "pull the bunny out of the hat" ideas when all seems lost and with winning repartees when spirit lifting is needed.
Kansas is willful, semi-psychotic girl who prefers settling conflicts using the straight-forward blunt instrument approach where Ced is more of a deal-maker, always seeking a win-win approach.
These two arcs ping-pong between chapters with each being independent of the other until near the end. Another fresh literary device Robertson used with each of these stories is not one I've seen used very often but works with great effect here.
I will say, though, that this is the first novel I've seen where a difference of approach between two people is mutually and amicably settled with one shooting the other in the back.
Ray Chase continues to impress me with narrating the story and I find myself wondering whether any of the other great narrators could have done as well.
The story developed nicely and added a few more colorful characters to the fray.
The "Locker" is shaping up to play a bigger part in the unfolding story.
The story is told in a nice flowing style with very little of the forced drama that is so prevalent in books these days.
The narration was a bit on the slow side but easy on the ear especially when using headphones.
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