Publishing Date: June 2016
Publishers Description: Malcolm Graves lives by two rules: finish the job, and get paid. After thirty years as a collector, chasing bounties and extinguishing rebellions throughout the solar system, Malcolm does what he’s told, takes what he’s earned, and leaves the questions to someone else—especially when it comes to the affairs of off-worlders.
Review: While the characterization was fairly good, the novel suffered constant halting movement due to the sudden lengthy backstories. One minute you’re intensely focused on the action, and like a door slamming in you’re face, backstory in the form of a flashback comes out of nowhere and you have to ride out the boredom. It was not a good vehicle for furthering expectations but rather derails the reading process. Mainly because the subject matter is not relevant to the just abandoned current story line.
A big miss here IMO for what could have been a pretty good novel if it had existed more in the “Now”.