Book Review: Outpost by W. Micheal Gear

 

Publisher: Berkley

Publishing Date: February 2018

ISBN:9780756413378

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 3.0

Publishers Description: When the ship Turalon arrives in orbit, Supervisor Kalico Aguila discovers a failing colony, its government overthrown and the few remaining colonists now gone wild. Donovan offers the chance of a lifetime, one that could leave her the most powerful woman in the solar system. Or dead.

Review: Well one reviewer used the word “fantastic (x2)” and “fantastically” to describe her feelings about this novel. I would use entertaining if you like patterned story lines about characters on an alien world.

See it all starts with the main character, Talina. Hotter than a popcorn fart with “sable eyes, golden skin, ancestral features of Spanish Hidalgo* mixed with classic Maya. A daughter of Sun Gods and conquistadors. ” Barfing yet? Oh and she is a deadly huntress while everyone in her “outpost”/crew pledge eternal loyalty and would die for her. Yaawwwn…..anyway she remains pivotal throughout the novel even though you want an alien to erupt out of her stomach.

And then?……it gets pretty damn good. While the setup was lamer than a horse with polio, the world building encompasses an expansive alien landscape. The political positions are based on corporate hegemony and splinter group idealism, so a clash is inevitable. The characters grow fairly well with the movement.

And then?……it gets pretty average. There is this weird blend of misogynist exchanges coupled with gritty feminism that lends a less than genuine feel to the novel. The militaristic corporate goons are kind of funny in that they go from securing perimeters and assessing threats to making a grand display via parade ground antics. Again not believable.

And then?…..it gets pretty good again. Talina and Cap crashing in the bush with deadly alien flora/fauna attempting to eat them was awesome.

And then?…..it turns to shjt. Fuggin’ romance and scene expediters (he/she “growled”).

This novel had a lot going for it with a bit nonsense thrown in. It is at once fascinating and repulsive.  This dichotomy perhaps echos the authorship as it seemed written by two people with slightly different approaches to prose and characterization.

I want to see Dan Wirth get eaten by a nightmare so I will get the next installment.

‘*Hidalgo: Spanish nobility. Usage should be Hidalga and the referent to lineage not racial features as they were demonstrably ugly.

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