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on Jan. 17, 2012 :
In Danger Money by John Van Stry there is a whole new world to get familiar with. It is the future and mega corporations pretty much run everything. Genetic engineering has advanced to the point where anthropomorphic creatures are bred specifically to do the work for these giant corporations, earning a huge debt in being raised and trained and working to pay it off to become free. It is a major form of indentured servitude, but since most humans don't think of the animal creatures as people no one really cares.
Danger Money follows Jotun and his team. Jotun was made to be an assassin, and he is the most senior assassin for his corporation. That position comes with certain perks, but also guarantees him the really tough jobs.
When I read the sample for this book (and the others in this universe), I was fairly excited as the concept really worked for me. Now concept alone isn't enough to make a good book, and it would have been even more disappointing if it failed. Luckily for me John told a great story with some unique characters. Although Jotun is fairly human in mannerisms and thought processes, he is also a predator. The twist that his animal nature gives his thought process is one of the reasons he makes such a great assassin.
I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of this book. The characters were well written, the plot kept up a pretty good pace, and I was surprised to see that some characters from this book are secondary characters (at least in the sample) of Children of Steel. I think the tie in will make both books a little better after getting them both read.
This is a great read for sci-fi fans who enjoy interplanetary travel, anthropomorphic characters, and great action sequences built around strong characters.
Copy provided for review.
(reviewed long after purchase)