Amy Spahn has written a series of short novels about a bunch of misfit characters on a space ship called the Endurance. Each book focuses on a different character and this follows Viktor, the first mate, a large man with large guns who loves to read. He’s been called in to help solve a murder and his investigation leads him and Areva, another Endurance shipmate, to a space station in the outer solar system in search or the culprit where, after an exhilarating hover car chase, they discover the surprising truth.
This is an entertaining read. It’s simple, lightweight and you can read it in a couple of hours, a good length when you don’t want to be tied up for days. This isn’t the kind of story you’d get overly excited about, partly because it is so short, but also because it’s very one dimensional. There are no deeper themes or issues explored. That’s not necessarily a negative; it’s just the kind of book it. You could read it instead of watching a movie. At 99c, it’s extremely good value.
Plotwise, it’s interesting and well-constructed. The central character is endearing and well portrayed and the writing is clean and to the point. When I first read it, I found a few issues in the line editing, but after pointing them out to the author, she assures me that she has attended to these. With that considered I give this 4 stars.