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Stopover at the Backworlds' Edge by [Pax, M.]
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Nothing sane travels the starway. Today it brings disaster.

In the far future, humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendants to survive in a harsh universe. This is the second book in the science fiction series, The Backworlds. A space opera adventure.

Revenge is on Craze’s mind. He chews on it every day along with the relentless dust on Pardeep Station. He dreams of grander wealth, enough to make his father choke.

That’s the dream consuming him when the interstellar portal opens, spitting out a ship that should no longer exist. A battleship spoiling for a fight. Yet the war with the Foreworlds ended two generations ago.

One wrong move and the shaky truce will end. So will Craze and his friends.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1728 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: M. Pax (13 December 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008L46QFU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Having read and enjoyed the first book in M Pax’s Backworlds series, (my review can be found here) I was looking forward to book two, Stopover at the Backworld’s Edge. I also enjoyed book two, but it wasn’t what I was expecting.

Book one introduced Craze, a genetically altered human especially designed to survive on certain types of worlds. He lives in a part of the galaxy that has many different genetically altered people called the Backworld’s. There was once a war with the Foreworlds, but little is learn about them. In book one Craze flies from world to world having all kinds of misadventures, I was expecting the same in book two.

However, it was not to be. Instead, Craze has settle on a moon called Pardeep. Here he has set up a bar at it’s space dock and dreams of making a fortune as revenge against his father who betrayed him in book one. All Craze’s friends have found a roll on the moon (except one, read the books and find out why.) and some new characters are introduced.

The action starts with a foreworld’s space ship lands with a mysterious passenger and doesn’t stop for the whole book. All the action in this book takes place on Pardeep, but there is plenty of it. Amongst the action we learn more about the universe that M Pax is creating.

P Max is still setting up her universe for the long running series ( Book five is now out.), but she does a fine job of giving you a good action story whiles doing so. I’m a little behind in the series, I’m reading book three right now, but I’m committed to reading it through the the end. Whenever that is.

The Backworlds Series is one worth exploring.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 47 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another imaginative tale from MPax 10 October 2012
By Doug Bittinger - Published on Amazon.com
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Stopover at the Backworlds' Edge is the second book in Mary Pax's Backworlds series about bio-engineered human life forms that were created to be able to thrive in the harsh environments of planets that are not exactly, "Earth Normal".

In this tale we find Craze and his new-found friends from the first book encamped at Pardeep Station, a sort of rest stop along the galactic interstate system, except Pardeep is out in the sticks, galactically speaking, and not an especially inviting place to go.

Craze has established his own tavern, serving the occasional starship that arrives at Pardeep. An old military ship arrives and discharges a form of engineered human life that was thought to be extinct - and her army of shadows. She brings news that the small group of friends has a traitor among them and that traitor has brought an old enemy bent on recovering a secret weapon stashed there long ago. With the arrival of this ship the life of everyone on Pardeep Station is now at risk.

This tale continues the tradition started in the first book of incorporating chocolate as a key element in the story. Stopover also has a love-interest for Craze, but again it's a rather quirky situation. Poor Craze - will he ever find a stable relationship?

As we have come to expect from M.Pax, this book is not only quite imaginative, but also expertly written and edited. The story steps along at a sprightly pace and holds the readers interest well. The characters are well developed and we are pulled into their amazing situations.

The only negative reaction is the rather frequent use of the word "shit". Most readers will likely not be bothered by this at all, but this reviewer's puritanical sensibilities reacted badly to it. Not badly enough to cause this book to be laid aside - as he has been known to do with weaker stories - but it did detract some from the enjoyment of it.

Another excellent story has emerged from the mind of M.Pax, employing elements of mystery, action adventure, and romance all rolled into a solid science fiction wrapper.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ricklits, anyone? 17 August 2012
By Julie - Published on Amazon.com
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Thank you, M. Pax, for part two of the Backworlds adventure. Sci fi/space opera isn't my preferred reading genre, but I'll always make an exception for M. Pax's great stories. The author makes it easy to see, feel, and hear the myriad of interesting and entertaining characters, old and new, as they each face the next lot of obstacles, personal and collective, on Pardeep Station.
Craze is a character who stays with you long after the story is over, but I still don't know exactly what he looks like. It doesn't matter. I only want to know if he'll ever find his 'fortune' of chips, not to mention true love.
I'm looking forward to part 3.
M. Pax writes so well, she draws the unsuspecting, if not skeptical, reader in quickly and makes it difficult to put the book down voluntarily.
Stopover at the Backworlds' Edge is a wonderful entertaining read, easy to pick up where part 1 ended. Well done, M.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5-star satisfaction: One of my new favorites. 9 December 2012
By Mark Clay Grove - Published on Amazon.com
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The second book in the Backworlds series, this one is just as satisfying as the first book and I look forward to the scheduled third book. Ms. Pax please do not stop at a trilogy. These characters, the subtle use of the language they speak, the dusty world on which they barely survive - all should be a beginning of a Star Trek-length series that lasts for the remainder of your writing career. Fresh world-building, exciting plot, enduring saga, endearing characters, as fine a story as the magnificent Nathan Lowell's the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper series. Ms. Pax, I want more and I want it as fast as possible. All thumbs up. Thank you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK book 1 September 2015
By Lit Teacher - Published on Amazon.com
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Some good characterization here, but what I found somewhat annoying is that the book is so much a sequel and too obviously a lead-in for the next one. It's a trend, I understand, but I am not always willing to commit to a series and wait for the next (a la Game of Thrones) or read several segments which could easily be distilled for a better reading experience. Not the author's fault entirely since it's a marketing push.

But some of the action here could have been tightened. I had more difficulty getting into the flow of the story than the earlier book. The central character is consistent but not always with others.
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Do You Trust? 10 December 2013
By Susan Flett Swiderski - Published on Amazon.com
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Are you familiar with the "sophomore slump?" That's when a ballplayer plays like a phenom his first season, makes the cover of "Sports Illustrated" as rookie of the year, and then his second season, all the poor slob can do is set records for most errors and strike-outs. The same sort of thing can happen to a writer, too. Sometimes, a writer knocks it out of the ballpark with the first book in a series, only to fall flat on his face with the second one: a la sophomore slump, the second book... stinks.

Let me tell you just a little about THIS Book Two:

Craze doesn't know who to trust, but who could blame him? After all, the female he was planning to marry betrayed him, and even worse, so did his own father. It's their fault he got exiled. Because of their betrayal, he's still trying to eke out a living way out in the boondocks, in the dangerous badlands of outer space known as the Backworlds. He and his friends, a handful of bizarre beings, are now living and working on a dust-choked waystation, where they hope to find peace and make their fortune. But that isn't to be, because... one of them is a snitch.

Yep, it's happened to him again. Somebody betrayed them. Somebody gave away their location to a gang of sadistic soldiers, and now they're all in danger. Can Craze and his friends... and the snitch... outsmart the rogue soldiers from the Foreworld, or are they all doomed to die in the godforsaken dust?

Remember that sophomore slump? Well, Pax doesn't have anything to worry about. If she were a ballplayer, her face would be smiling from that magazine cover again. I enjoyed this second book of the series just as much as the first. Matter of fact, just because this author avoided the dreaded sophomore slump, I'd give this book 4 1/2 stars. Something tells me she has a lot more good seasons in her.