Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Aboard spaceships in outer space
First Sentence: A vast backdrop of stars sparkled all around Ethan's head, just on the other side of the nova interceptor's thin transpiranium cockpit canopy.
This novel is the first book in Scott's Dark Space series. The series currently runs to five books.
Our main character, Ethan, is on the run. He has escaped from a prison planet where hes was exiled for smuggling. Currently, he owes a great deal of money to a notorious crime boss who would rather see Ethan dead than collect his money.
Years ago humanity was almost exterminated during the war with an alien race known as the Sythians. Now what is left of humanity has retreated to a secluded area of space known as Dark Space.
It was during this war that Ethan lost track of his wife and son. Now, years later, Ethan travels through space looking for his family. He travels with his young, beautiful copilot Alara. She loves Ethan, but Ethan cannot return her love.
Unfortunately, the crime boss nabs Ethan and Alara. He forces Ethan to sabotage a government spaceship. Ethan does not know that he is being used to commit the murder of an entire ship's crew. The crime boss's goal is to take complete control of the human government.
Will Ethan follow the crime boss's orders?
Will he find a way to save Alara?
Will Ethan fins his long lost wife and son?
This novel is an example of a pretty standard sci-fi novel: a flawed hero, who is an ace pilot, damaged by the war, and forced to work with criminals. Can he find a way to redeem himself and save humanity?
For me this was an OK book; not the best I've read, but certainly not the worst. The plot and characters were somewhat interesting. The battle sequences were a little confusing. Since this is the first book of a series, there was little plot resolution.
If you like sci-fi, you might like this book.