Publishing Date: August 2014
Publisher Description: CCF homicide investigator Kyle Tanner and his girlfriend are on their way to Pluto, en route to a new life together. Just one little death to check out in the asteroid belt first. But when you’re as tangled up in conspiracy as Tanner is, a few hours on a case can change your life. Or end it.
Review: Cover art is cool.
This was a solid, entertaining read. There are multiple characters of interest but not too many that it bogs the story-line down. This is the future where nanobots extend life and repair damage. They are also used to kill in various ways by the dreaded CCF that controls just about everything. Kyle is a CCF investigator who gets manipulated into a plot by the dissidents that are working against the CCF. Kyle’s hottie wife is killed (who saved him from a life of loneliness x10) by the dissidents in order to lure him to Europa.
Only fall downs were when Kyle plays “Colombo” or Sherlock Holmes to a captive audience explaining why he is so smart and figured everything out. He thereby divulges investigative and proprietary information. Kyle tells himself on a regular interval that “He is not stupid!”. Also all the Ph.D.’s are awed by Kyle’s deductive reasoning skills to the point where they exclaim “incredible”. Yawn. Nothing like characters tooting someone else’s horn.
The action was really good and fairly believable. I liked the nanobot tech and the alien Europa environment. I hope that this series continues so that Kyle may expound and involve himself more in the dissidents struggle against the CCF. Will make for an interesting series if it gets there.