Several groups think they're onto a good thing when a far-right bigot becomes Mayor. Money, power and glory. An irresistibly tempting chance to make it big. But several spanners are thrown in the works and who is pulling their strings? A crime/comedy that will draw you in until the thrilling climax.
With threats against his family giving him little choice but to flee his home city of Odessa, Nicolae Caramarin must recover a gang boss's missing valuable painting if he ever hopes to return. This is a fast-paced crime thriller with many exciting chases and plot turns.
This time, Vic Vargo is hired to bid at auction for a valuable sea shell on behalf of an oligarch with more money than sense and then guard it on its way to a private museum. Easy money, Vargo thinks. What could go wrong? But that's just the start of Vargo's troubles as everything does go wrong.
You'd need a good reason to visit Hancox 1 – a tide-locked world infested by biological terror weapons – Krillaz – a nightmare genetically modified cross between rats and hi-mans. Even hunters avoid the place. However, interplanetary recovery agent Vic Vargo has one million reasons to go if he rescues a playboy from the monsters' talons he'll collect a big reward.
Any scientific expedition to the Arctic expects plenty of risk. However, Dr. Welham of Miskatonic University's survey uncovers far more than the usual geologic and ethnographic samples. In the severe, rock-scouring blizzards of the far north, the team comes across a hideous object from an elder age. A relic that brings earth shattering terror in its wake...
When wealthy young broker James Baxter is sent to the tropical country of Kupro Marbordo, the Copper Coast, he is amazed to find that slavery is a well established custom there. Initially shocked, he soon finds himself owning a beautiful slave-girl – with all that implies regarding her discipline and training.
When his crime boss in Odessa, Ukraine, decides to up his game by getting involved in people trafficking, Nicolae Caramarin must make a choice. Should he turn a blind eye to the horrors he witnesses and carry on being a good soldier for the gang; or take his stand and bring them all down in the only way he knows how?
on Aug. 21, 2012
A good short story that held my interest. It was fast paced and had an unusual 'voice' in the unnamed older woman who mostly narrated it. You don't often get older women as the main protagonist so that was a nice touch.
Only crticisms: maybe a bit less of the couple's earlier RV exploits throughout USA as it added nothing to the plot. And maybe expand on the gang a little more.
But it was worth the read - keep up the writing.
Hair of Gold
on Jan. 22, 2013
The plot is like a futuristic Treasure Island with a group of men from a lost colony world setting out to find a crashed spaceship with its cargo of high-tech goods which they think will make their fortune. The heroine, Valys, disguises herself as a boy so she can take part in the expedition - which leads to trouble with the mutineers. The book is very well written, fast paced and held my interest throughout - which not all books do. The trek through the desert with the deadly mountain bears following the party was particularly exciting. Also, I liked the way Alanye uses a slightly old-fashioned writing style to capture the backwardness of their world. Dai Alanye is a formidable writer.