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Eye of the Colossus: A Steampunk Space Opera Adventure (Holly Drake Jobs) Paperback – May 1, 2018
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Holly Drake just got out of prison... but that doesn't mean she’s free.
The City of Jade Spires is no paradise, but everything about it says otherwise: the glimmering jade towers, the glow of a gas giant, and the 6 Moons balanced between four supposedly equal races.
Serving an unfair sentence like Holly’s clears up such a gross misconception pretty quick. When she walks free due to the intervention of a mysterious source, she soon realizes they want her to do something:
Steal a priceless jewel about to be moved off-planet.
With a record like hers—fair or not, that doesn’t matter—it’s the only work she can find. Her old life is over and there’s no bringing it back. Problem is, she has no idea how to pull off a heist and precious little time to figure it out.
But giving up was never an option. If it was, she wouldn't have landed in prison in the first place.
Why Holly? Who’s pulling her strings? And just how far across the 6 Moons system and into danger will she have to go for answers before time runs out?
Fans of Firefly, Leverage, and The Mandalorian will enjoy this moon-hopping adventure in a far away solar system. Grab your copy of Eye of the Colossus and escape today!
Holly Drake Jobs series:
- Book 1: Eye of the Colossus
- Book 2: Hands of the Colossus
- Book 3: Heart of the Colossus
- Book 4: Shadow of the Colossus
- Book 5: Birth of the Colossus
- Book 6: Reach of the Colossus
- Book 7: Reign of the Colossus
- Book 8: Return of the Colossus
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 1, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 390 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1987559150
- ISBN-13 : 978-1987559156
- Item Weight : 14.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.88 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,171,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is, without a doubt, a fun book. It’s difficult to talk about it without giving the good stuff away. I’d be like that friend who starts talking about a cool movie and doesn’t realize they’ve given away the whole plot because they’re too busy running their mouth. I don’t want to be that guy, but…
Holly’s rebuilding her life from the ground up. She’ll do anything to get ahead. Along the way, she draws in some interesting characters that are fun to read and follow.
Charly, she’s a fighter in ways that don’t become clear until you get deeper into the story.
Meg is Holly’s sister. She’s a cop. She’s a tough cop. And a mom. And an ex.
Gabe. Also a cop. (He’s the ex.)
Odeon, he’s a Yasoian. They’re chill. He’s chiller with some skills. Some of those skills are off the books. His parents wouldn’t be proud of his actions. If they knew. (They don’t.)
Darius. Keep your eyes on him. Everyone else is. Sometimes the left-hand doesn’t know. (Wink. Wink.)
Shiro is a dandy dandy. There’s something about him I haven’t figured out yet.
So that’s the cast of main characters. There’s more, but these are the heart of the story. It sort of reminds me of the old days of Mission Impossible, the TV show, where they recruited based on character’s abilities. And then they walked away to explosions and stuff as the credits roll. Sadly, nothing blows up. But there is a lot of shooting. Bang. Bang.
The author tells an interesting story and tells it nicely. It was easier to keep reading than to put the book down. Reading some books is much like dragging your brain across sandpaper (60-grit) while others are like sliding your brain across silk. Eye of the Colossus belongs in the latter category.
The story arc is well planned and I didn’t see the twist. (Twist? I didn’t say twist. Ignore that.)
Enjoyed the book enough to pre-order the second book: Hands of the Colossus: A Steampunk Space Opera Adventure (A Holly Drake Job Book 2)
I do not believe that it has any major spoilers for any of the three books.
When we meet Holly Drake, she is in women's prison after having
killed her abusive husband in self defense. It was a clear cut
case, but due to her husband having been a cop, and corruption in
the police department, Holly went to jail.
It could have been worse. The Centau don't really believe in crime,
but if the Humans and Constellations are going to have police and
jails, the Centau are going to make sure the jails are fairly nice,
all things considered.
Oh, we're talking the far future here, on the six moons of the gas
giant Ixion. Years ago the Centau secured the system for humanoid
use and brought in Humans and Consties for labor while the "more
morally evolved" Centau govern and the equally evolved Yasoians are
basically an artist class. All things considered, it's not that
bad a deal for the two "less evolved" species. Yes, they get little
say in the government, but really the government doesn't seem to
do too much beyond managing the currency and keeping non-humanoids
beyond the heliopause. The upper races can be snooty, but on the
whole people mix, and even find love now and then (The species
aren't inter-fertile, but are built close enough that sex is possible
When Holly is unexpectedly released early, she has no options but
to go live with her sister, who is also a cop, while she looks for
a job (murderers not being highly regarded as elementary school
teacher material). When her ex-brother-in-law, another cop, (and
he and Holly's sister are one of those couples where the "ex wife"/"ex
husband" distinction always seems a bit blurry) tells her about a
job lead, Holly grabs it with both hands.
It turns out the job is not exactly legal, and is, in fact, a heist.
How in the world can an ex first grade teacher gather a team of
muscle, tech geniuses, con men and sticky-fingers at all, much less
quickly enough to hit the very limited time window available?
Well, that's the story, of course.
I'm not sure exactly what is steampunk about these books. The time
is the future, and we have space travel, smart phones, hacking,
fusion cuisines, and space mining. It may be that the Centau
aesthetic tends towards wood in construction where metal isn't
absolutely necessary, that aether is an important commodity, that
they call the inter-moon ships "Space Zeppelins", or that people
tend to be a bit more formal than we current day slobs, and as often
as not pick period dress. There's also a sense that things are a
bit more genteel than the current world, like one of those British
crime stories where neither the crooks nor the cops have guns.
Holly is the only one of her crew to carry a gun, and is very
reluctant to use it. Even the bad guys have to work themselves up
to killing people, and, I think, must know where Holly lives, but
have never come after her at home (yet).
The point of view is third person limited, so we see Holly's thoughts
only, and the writing is efficient if not spectacular. We see
enough of what is happening to know that Holly tends to fool herself,
or not admit to her motives from time to time. So far, Holly is
driven by the crusade that grows out of her first "job", but she
is starting to have feelings for all of her male crew, and may be
growing away from her initial pacifist lover. It's not a deep
characterization, but works well enough, and she is gradually coming
into her own as the books go on.
On the whole, I think I would give these about three stars. They
are entertaining, and I will continue to follow the series (which
is not yet concluded), but if you are between series, there are
probably others you should pick up first.
I did get a bit of a chuckle out of Grotepas's innumeracy at one point in
"I thought it was for Odeon." Holly glanced at her Druiviin
friend. He seemed to be talking about the club still. From
what Holly understood, Druiviin couples only had one child
-- instilling into their single offspring all of the things
their line cared for. It was said that their race on Yaso
had reached a balanced ecological state: resources weren't
over-consumed and by only having one child, they prevented
a disastrous imbalance. But when a portion of their population
left for the 6-moon region, the ones left behind began to
have two children, to replace those who'd left. The immigrants
to the 6-moons only had one child, typically.
I'm not sure what she was thinking there!