Book Review: The Slipstream Con, by S. Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore   3 comments

This is a book I never would have picked up on my own, because I’m a science fiction nut and it’s a romance–and while I certainly can read well-written romances, I almost always have something waiting that I’m more interested in. But a friend pointed it out to me, and I read the description and went, “Interstellar empire? Bounty hunters? Nanotechnology? You can’t fool me, this is space opera!”

And it is. And it is awesome.

The Slipstream Con, by S. Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore, tells the story of Kellen Frey, a charming con man who may have been chasing a pair of bounty hunters just as much as they’ve been chasing him–if at a slightly greater distance. When he suddenly turns himself in, Vanya and Tal know something fishy has got to be going on, and they’re right. The characterization is strong, the the fictional empire well-realized, and the dangerous mystery that begins on page one carries the plot clear through to the end, developing new twists and turns every time you think the protagonists have got the problem licked.

The writing is strong and the editing reasonably good. There might be a few spots where there could be just a little more foreshadowing or just a little tightening of the core plot, but they were never enough to interfere with my enjoyment of the book, and I have fairly high standards. The only thing I can really pick on is that an in-depth grasp of nanotechnology was just a little lacking, but it was such a minor detail that only geeks like me are ever going to notice. It doesn’t stop me from giving this novel the whole five stars.

If hard science fiction is your thing, this isn’t it. But if you like character-driven space opera, adventure stories that are mostly about people, or well-written romances, go read the excerpt.

As always, if you decide to buy, consider buying directly through the publisher’s site. The price is only $5.50, and it’s well worth it. Buying directly from the publisher puts a little more money into the pockets of the writers than if you buy it through one of the the online mega-bookstores.

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Posted December 2, 2011 by April L'Orange in Uncategorized

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3 responses to “Book Review: The Slipstream Con, by S. Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore

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  1. Yay! I knew you were going to like it :D

  2. Pingback: » New Reviews for “The Slipstream Con” Michelle and Reesa Write

  3. Pingback: The Slipstream Con | Aldebaran Publications

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