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4 out of 5 (1 rating)


The Keiko is a ship of smugglers, soldiers of fortune and adventurers, travelling Earth's colony planets searching for the next job. And nobody talks about their past. But when a face from Captain Ichabod Drift's former life send them on a run to Old Earth, all the rules change.

Trust will be broken, and blood will be spilled.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Space opera
  • ISBN: 9780091956646

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Enjoyable enough, but nothing that's likely to stick in the mind for very long. Very "Firefly-ish", in fact I've dubbed this entire genre, which is huge at the moment, "Firefly porn". You know the story, the battered trader/smuggler/mercenary/ ship, the misfit crew with secrets, the hard-edged captain with a heart of gold - this follows the formula to a T. Ichabod Drift is the captain of the Keiko, a man with a huge secret in his past, who accepts a commission from a powerful crime boss to deliver a package to Old Earth. The package turns out to be a nuke intended to obliterate Amsterdam and Drift and his crew find themselves on the run trying to find the man who ordered the hit to both extract revenge and stop him from having them taken out. The characters are fairly strongly drawn and mostly likeable, and there's plenty of tense space and battle action, but the ending feels a bit "meh" after investing a fair bit emotionally in the fate of the crew. Worth reading, but don't expect your world to be rocked to any great extent.

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