“Action, politics, sex, drama, romance, temptation and more... this opening volume to a space opera series has it all, as bounty hunter Zyra Zanr pursues the lone male on a planet full of females, intending to hand him over to the galactic authorities for his crimes. But the locals would rather...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Action, politics, sex, drama, romance, temptation and more... this opening volume to a space opera series has it all, as bounty hunter Zyra Zanr pursues the lone male on a planet full of females, intending to hand him over to the galactic authorities for his crimes. But the locals would rather kill him themselves for the fault of being male. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, political and military forces gather for war.
Cool gangster dialog combines with well-timed revelations to give depth and background to the tale. The writing carries a self-conscious, space-operatic sense of scope, heavy-handed perhaps, but well-suited to the genre. And the complex relationships move as fast as spaceships with just as many threats.
Sensual love, in its various forms, is juxtaposed with carefully detailed violence. But the action-packed battle scenes are probably the strongest part of this novel. Bodies heal fast in a futuristic world, but hurt just as truly, while hearts are just as surely wounded. And the right deed can be hard to find behind flashes of emotion, politics and war.
A fast-moving tale with the feel of a graphic novel and the scope of intergalactic space opera, Kevis Hendrickson’s Inquest tells a complete story while leaving questions to fuel a whole new series with its intrepid female protagonist challenging evil in outer space.
Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy with a request for my honest review.”
“Book Info: Genre: Space Opera
Reading Level: YA (16+ per author)
Recommended for: fans of space opera, the previous books, lighter sci-fi
Book Available: November 1, 2012 in ebook format; December 1, 2012 in paperback
Disclosure: I received a free ARC ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: LUST AND FURY COLLIDE IN A GALAXY ON THE VERGE OF WAR.
Fearing retribution from ruthless gangsters over an unsettled debt, intergalactic bounty hunter Zyra Zanr ventures to a distant world to collect the reward for Boris Skringler, a notorious terrorist, who has been sentenced to death by political rivals of the InterGalactic Alliance. When she fails to secure his release, she decides to break him out of prison. Zyra soon finds herself an unwilling participant in events that lead to a climactic showdown between the most powerful worlds in the galaxy.
Torn between her desperation to rid herself of the threats to her life and her guilt in agitating the conflict between two galactic superpowers, Zyra is horrified to learn that the lives of an entire world of people hinge on her ability to return Skringler to his captors. However, her distrust of Skringler gives way to lust, unraveling her plans. Will Zyra give into her passion and allow Skringler to go free? Or will she surrender him to her enemies to stop an impending war? The fate of billions depend on whether she chooses life for a killer or the death of her lover.
My Thoughts: This book is a reworking of Kevis Hendrickson’s previous Rogue Hunter books, moving us back and time and starting from a younger age with Zyra Zanr.
There are occasionally over-clever word choices used, I presume, in an attempt to avoid overuse of more prosaic terms. However, this is otherwise an engaging story. It’s wonderfully refreshing to read a book with a bisexual female protagonist of the more realistic sort, albeit still gorgeous and feminine yet super strong...
This is space opera in the truest sense – lots of drama, lots of action and an almost impossibly fast face. Not to mention layers within layers within layers … and not to mention a cliffhanger ending leaving us waiting for more. So, if you’re looking for a new space opera, if you were a fan of the previous books, if you enjoy lighter science fiction, check this one out.”