Ahoy there me mateys! This be the thirteenth book in me Ports for Plunder – 19 Books in 2019 list. When I went to read this book, I realized that there was a problem. The library had unloaded this book from their catalogue! Not a good sign. I currently have a self-imposed rule that I can only buy books that I know I will reread (library book sales being the exception). So I decided to download an Amazon sample to see if it be good enough to spend me loot. Usually Amazon samples be dangerous because I read, fall in love, and immediately buy the book. Sadly the answer was no to this book. I didn’t like what I read at all. In fact I am not even including this book in the tally of reads for the year. The only reason this post is being written is because of it was on the 19 in 2019 list. If this writing style is indicative of all of the author’s works then I likely won’t read any more of it. Sorry Simon! No offense meant. The rest of the crew does seem to like this book though. Arrrr!
Goodreads had this to say about the novel:
Malise has a problem. She’s come downwell to Earth, but years of space combat have ruined her: her muscles have wasted away, her past is a confused torture of events and her brain is wired to addictive military hardware that’s illegal on Earth. With an AI mining probe returning to Earth, having bred and grown until it is hundreds of miles across, she is in the firing line again. The probe is indestructible, it is insatiable for more metals and no one knows how to stop it. Malise doesn’t know she has a blueprint for humanity’s survival wired into her head.
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