December Holiday Reviews 2012 – One A Day – #25

To get everyone into the mood for celebrating winter, the final month of the year, or any of the many religious and non-religious festivals that will occur this month, we’re showcasing reviews for a range of holiday-themed books here. One a day, and since the books on the web site are all from this year, we’re giving books from previous years some extra attention here on the blog. I hope you’ll join us in having a look at the “Golden Oldies”!

This “is a Christmas story with deep space pirates”, reviewed by Serena. You can also find the full review on the Rainbow Book Reviews site by clicking here.


Book Blurb

Harlon is Dark Rogue, a pirate wanted all over the planet. He’s looking for a cabin boy. Nakhoda’s on the run. He needs a ticket out. In a ruthless world where one misstep can be your last, what happens when a pirate falls in love with his cabin boy?

Book Review

This is a futuristic story which begins to build quite an interesting world. I say ‘begin’ only because it is so short, and I wanted to see more. Luckily, it looks like it will become a series. The vision of the future isn’t entirely positive, and the few glimpses I got sounded depressingly realistic. The type of men able to survive and thrive in an environment like that will be fascinating to observe.

Khoda, some kind of convict, tells this first story, He has some sort of psychic abilities and is wanted by the law. When his ‘contract’ gets bought by a ‘sky pirate’, his entire world changes and he doesn’t know what to expect. I learned as he did, and this definitely kept my interest. He is insecure and scared but has an irrepressible curiosity and a big mouth. Both get him into more trouble than fits into one short story and I hope he’ll be back in the next volume.

Harlon is a big, bad pirate, with a body and attitude to match. He clearly has some dark secrets in his past as well, and Khoda keeps digging for them. Harlon however, will only reveal so much. For now. One of the biggest surprises is his need for intimacy and he is clearly willing to compromise with Khoda (up to a point) to get what he wants. A willing partner. The ending was surprisingly sweet.

If you like futuristic stories and want to read about people driven into corners, if you like interesting, somewhat dark men, if a bit of mystery and trying to figure out what is going on appeals to you, and, oh, yes, if you have a soft spot for pirates, you will probably like this story.

DISCLAIMER: Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. This book has been provided by Silver Publishing for the purpose of a review.

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