I admit to being a sci-fi fan. I grew up reading Asimov, Heinlein et al. More recently Weber, Elizabeth Moon and Lois McMaster Bujold.
This book might not be in that class but it is in it's own class. It has good character development and a good story which makes it a delightful read.
It is the end of a war between the Empire and the Alliance which the Alliance officially won but which was, in reality, a Pyrrhic victory.
The Star Nomad is an old freighter that has seen better days. Captain Alisa Marchenko, ex-Alliance pilot, grew up in it but had to sell it after her mother died. She has since been stranded on the desert planet where it is parked. The new owner also died leaving the ship there for anyone to take if they could repair it. Alisa found an engineer, Mica, for that but when they reached the ship they found an Empire cyborg, Leonidas, camping there. After a bit of a standoff an agreement is reached and the story takes off from there. The Nomad ends up with a strange lot of bedfellows, some from the Alliance and some from the Empire.
There are pirates and space battles and, through it all, Alisa's quirky sense of humour.
One thing about this book though is that, despite it's humour, it shows the aftermath of war and the devastation suffered by all the participants.
If you like space opera then you'll like this book.
- Paperback: 221 pages
- Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub (10 June 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 153463455X
- ISBN-13: 978-1534634558
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews