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on Sep. 13, 2012 :
Like other fans of this series, I couldn't wait to read the fourth installment and thoroughly enjoyed it.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 15, 2012 :
I discovered Malcolm Pierce's "Faster Than Light" series a few months ago and plowed through the first three novellas in the series in a matter of days. Then I had to patiently wait for the fourth one to come out. I promptly bought it (technically buying two copies since I lamented in my reviews of the other books that I was not able to compensate the author for his work) and even stopped reading a novel halfway through - something I never do - to get started on "Outsider." Once again, Pierce delivers the goods, and even expands on events from a previous book, hinting at a galaxy-wide problem that might be beyond human comprehension. Just another problem on Seth Garland and his crew's plate.
As with the other novellas in this series, a single member of the crew is the focus of the story. In "Outsider," we're given the backstory and viewpoint of Engineeer Leah Wu, as the crew of the Fenghuang encounters some problems when they return to her home planet to re-establish some commmerce lines.
I'm trying to refrain from being hyperbolic and fanboyish, but I really love this series. I'm hoping the next installment comes out soon - I'm really curious to find out the backstory of navigator Lance Reynolds - since there is so much potential story yet to be told.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)