Somehow writing book reviews has turned into a chore lately. And the more I put it off the bigger and more intimidating the pile becomes...
First on the pile is Starship: Mercenary
by Mike Resnick.
Continuing the saga of Wilson Cole and his ragtag band of refugees from the corrupt Republic Navy that started in Starship: Mutiny
and went on to Starship: Pirate
. It would probably make sense on its own, and the story stands fairly well, but it probably makes more sense if you have the full introduction to the characters from the previous books.
Really, it's pretty much of a piece with the previous volumes; the best indication of whether you would like it is what you thought of the earlier ones. It's fluffy space opera, but Resnick is too good a writer not to start sneaking in some real insights into humanity. In this one, we learn some things about the real meaning of loyalty and what it means to be a good leader. But mostly, we're just breathlessly blowing stuff up. 8 out of 10.( plot summaryCollapse )