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Pirates of the Outrigger Rift Paperback – January 28, 2014
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From the author team of Bill D. Allen and Gary Jonas: Pirates of the Outrigger Rift!
When the security director of the powerful corporation Nebulaco dies under mysterious circumstances, courier Sai Collins has one last top-secret delivery to make for him. But she has a secret of her own; she's a computer telepath who can connect to the grid without hardware.
It’s a talent she needs when she arrives at the drop point to make the delivery and is ambushed by heavily armed goons, barely escaping with her life. Now, caught in the crosshairs of feuding lords, unrelenting security forces, and dangerous outlaws, she’ll need some help to make it out alive. Enter a pair of unlikely allies also caught in the mix: charming, down-on-his-luck pilot Hank Jensen and jaded PI Mike Chandler. Their mission: take down the ruthless pirate who is bringing the galaxy to its knees with his bloody hijackings of corporate trade routes.
Unfolding at a break-neck pace, Pirates of the Outrigger Rift is the rollicking new sci-fi adventure of corporate espionage and interstellar piracy.
This book was initially released in episodes as a Kindle Serial. All episodes are now available for immediate download as a complete book.
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About the Author
Gary Jonas is the author of the Jonathan Shade fantasy series, the novel One Way Ticket to Midnight, the story collection Quick Shots, and the novella Night Marshal: A Tale of the Undead West, the first in a new vampire western series that will be penned by various authors. His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Gary was born in Japan and has since lived in Ohio, Florida, Oklahoma, and Colorado, where he now resides.
Bill D. Allen is the author of two previous novels, Shadow Heart and Gods and Other Children. His short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Personal Demons and Small Bites. He is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he still lives and works. In addition to his writing, he is a diehard motorcycle enthusiast and a proud recipient of multiple “Iron Butt” certifications, granted to those who travel over one thousand miles in twenty-four hours by motorcycle.
- Publisher : 47North (January 28, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 284 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1477849246
- ISBN-13 : 978-1477849248
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,317,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sai Collins is a girl with a special talent - she is a computer telepath. Sai works as a courier making special deliveries for rich and secretive clients. Her latest job is to deliver a secret package which contains information on a corrupt corporation. Her information could destroy the whole structure of a corporation called Nebulaco. She must ensure she delivers this package safely so the truth can be told and justice can be dealt.
However, the corporation will stop at nothing to intercept her and get their hands on this info, including teaming up with a group of space-pirates.
Sai also teams up with a down-on-his-luck pilot, Hank Jensen, and a jaded PI, Mike Chandler. This is where the fun really begins. Hank reminds me very much of the Star Wars legend, Han Solo, with his laid back, macho personality and smart humour. Mike is your typical undercover PI, sick of doing the normal infidelity cases, and looking for something more.
I would highly recommend this story.
I read "Pirates" because it was a free download via the Kindle for Samsung app, and because it was the best-reviewed of four choices. The main characters aren't pirates, by the way, nor is the chief villain. Our heroic protagonists include two former space Marines--one now a private detective, the other an undercover agent--a freelance space pilot with a thinking spaceship, and an on-the-run gal who's left the mean streets for the corporate world. "Pirates" paints an ugly picture of that world: corporations are all-powerful, headed up by the mostly dimwitted heirs of the original founders, and are a breeding ground for all kinds of nastiness. And did I mention they're evil? Small wonder that one enterprising crook decides to remake himself as a corporate go-getter and allies himself anonymously to a band of pirates. Why should the bluebloods have all the money?
The problem with "Pirates" is that it's predictable. We've seen these characters before. But that's the fun of it, too: we know what we're getting. It's a fast-paced ride that blends in a few bits of less-standard sci-fi fare (one character reminded me of "Minority Report," and I couldn't help but picture Opportunity City as a "Blade Runner" lookalike). What you make of it will depend on whether you're in the mood for light reading or something serious.
However, this book in which I was lucky enough to buy in at about week 5 so, had a head start with many chapters to read before serialization occurred, is a great story with vibrant and believable characters. Sai, was an interesting cyberpunk addition and her "whisperblade" was a great tool for her. The story did not go into great detail on how she accomplishes her interaction with the VR of the computers just that she projects herself into them and is hyper-aware of them around her.
Story line was fast paced and had the space operatic feel to it. It was very enjoyable. I would enthusiastically read Jonas's next book using those characters but I would wait until the serialization is over and just buy the complete story. I am also willing to give Gary Jonas another try on other works he may have written.