Synopsis and Details:
From Hugo Award-winning debut author Suzanne Palmer comes an action-packed sci-fi caper starring Fergus Ferguson, interstellar repo man and professional finder
Fergus Ferguson has been called a lot of names: thief, con artist, repo man. He prefers the term finder.
His latest job should be simple. Find the spacecraft Venetia’s Sword and steal it back from Arum Gilger, ex-nobleman turned power-hungry trade boss. He’ll slip in, decode the ship’s compromised AI security, and get out of town, Sword in hand.
Fergus locates both Gilger and the ship in the farthest corner of human-inhabited space, a gas-giant-harvesting colony called Cernee. But Fergus’ arrival at the colony is anything but simple. A cable car explosion launches Cernee into civil war, and Fergus must ally with Gilger’s enemies to navigate a field of space mines and a small army of hostile mercenaries. What was supposed to be a routine job evolves into negotiating a power struggle between factions. Even worse, Fergus has become increasingly–and inconveniently–invested in the lives of the locals.
It doesn’t help that a dangerous alien species thought mythical prove unsettlingly real, and their ominous triangle ships keep following Fergus around.
Foolhardy. Eccentric. Reckless. Whatever he’s called, Fergus will need all the help he can get to take back the Sword and maybe save Cernee from destruction in the process.
Series: Finder Chronicles #1 | Genres: Science Fiction | Release Date: April 02, 2019 | Publisher: DAW Books | Pages: 400 | ISBN: 978-0756415105 | ASIN: B07FC7KWLB | Format: ARC | Source: Netgalley
Review with Rating:
Finder was one of those books that just grabbed my interest and fascinated me from the start. It was filled with action, intriguing alien races, and the main character, Fergus Ferguson, was a regular space MacGyver. Many times when he found himself in a tricky situation, and only had what was available around him, he had to come up an immediate solution to his problems. There were some pretty inventive and hilarious solutions that he constructed that were quite memorable and I loved seeing how the other characters in this story reacted to them as well.
Nothing seems to go Fergus’ way in this story, especially when shortly after arriving he finds himself embroiled in a turf war, encountering aliens that everyone fears, and gaining notoriety when all he wanted to do was stay anonymous. What Fergus thought was going to be a simple, and quick, job turns out to be the much harder and time consuming than he ever expected. Though, in the end, his time on Cernee would become a learning experience of a lifetime and would also be responsible for helping him start to let go of his past.
I had such a good time reading Finder, the pacing of this story was quite fast with everything that was taking place. One thing that I felt was a little off was that Fergus was such a steady character that I had a hard time feeling the tension or anxiety that was being created in the scenes, he just handled everything so well. I would have liked to “feel” more in this story but overall I was very satisfied with how entertained I was while reading Finder. I would definitely recommend this story and I look forward to more from this Author.
*Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group & NetGalley for this eARC of Finder*
This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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About the Author:
Suzanne Palmer has been nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and the Eugie M. Foster Award. Her short fiction has won reader’s awards for Asimov’s, Analog, and Interzone magazines, and was listed in Locus Magazine‘s Recommended Reading. Her work has been included in numerous anthologies, including the 35th Annual Year’s Best Science Fiction, edited by Gardner Dozois and volumes two and three of The Best Science Fiction of the Year, edited by Neil Clarke.