Narrator: Kate Rudd
Series: Tales of the Outyonder #1
Published by Brilliance Audio on 11 March 2014
Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
Genres: Science Fiction
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When the security director of the powerful corporation Nebulaco dies under mysterious circumstances, courier Sai Collins has one last top-secret delivery to make on his behalf. Sai has come a long way from her street-kid childhood, but she has her secrets - namely that she’s a cyber-psi, a computer telepath who can connect to the grid without hardware. A talent she’s going to desperately need.
Because when she arrives at the drop point on a neighboring planet to make the delivery, she’s ambushed by heavily armed goons and barely escapes with her life. Sai soon realizes that she’s in the middle of something far more complex and far-reaching than she ever imagined, and if she’s going to make it out of this alive, she’ll have to turn to a couple of unlikely heroes: The charming, down-on-his-luck pilot Hank Jensen and jaded private investigator Mike Chandler, who follows no one’s rules but his own. Their mission: Take down the most dangerous pirate in the galaxy.
Sai Collins is an efficient courier and she’s on a secret mission to deliver her last package from the recently murdered security director of Nebulaco. Things don’t go as planned. Pretty soon, she’s teaming up with jaded PI Mike Chandler and prickly pilot Hank Jensen. Oh, and there’s pirates.
This was a fun, light read. There’s plenty of action, snarky comebacks, and humor. While this book is pretty entertaining, don’t look for much depth here. Most of the characters are archetypes; beloved archetypes, but still pretty much cookie cutter characters. Mike is your typical private investigator that’s fed up with the system and wants to do something that will make a positive difference for once. Hank doesn’t mind breaking a few rules to make a little extra cash or even just to stick it to some government agency. He’s kind of a cross between Malcolm Reynolds and Han Solo. They’re fun characters, no doubt.
Sai Collins is pretty much the only female character. She’s a great character, having the most uniqueness of the crew. She’s got these psi-tech abilities, which is her big secret and also the thing that saves her more than once. She’s efficient and can make decisions. Yet…. well, do we really have to attach her to a man to satisfy some plot line? Apparently….
The pirates… well, this story isn’t really about them despite the title. It’s about Sai, Hank, and Mike. The pirates do come into it but they aren’t the central aspect nor the main threat. In fact, most of them are just comedic relief and not very good at being pirates.
In short, it’s a fun read. Just don’t expect too much from the characters or plot. The setting was fun and I did enjoy all the ‘big galaxy to explore or hide out in’ stuff. Also, I’m a sucker for a tale that has a small number of individuals going up against a big corporation.
I listened to this audiobook through Kindle Unlimited.
The Narration: Kate Rudd was fantastic as Sai. She really owned that role and she was great with all of Sai’s emotions and humor. She also had distinct male voices for all the guys.
This review first appeared on Dab of Darkness.
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