There are thousands of bounty hunters across the galaxy. Solid professionals that take jobs based on the credits the bounties afford. They follow the letter of the law so they can maximize those credits.
Licensed, bonded, legal.
Then there's Roak.
Deadly, unstoppable, invisible.
No criminal or military records. No files or folders with his name on them. No cybernetic implants to track. No proof he even exists except for a reputation for getting the job done. Roak is the bounty hunter called when someone is looking for the opposite of licensed, bonded, legal.
Now someone has ignored his reputation and made a very big mistake.
Double-crossed and left to die, Roak survives and sets out to exact vengeance and get paid what he is owed.
But he's not unreasonable.
While his fee may have just gone up, the bloody, brutal revenge is on the house.
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"My flaws are still mine. I own them. I am them."
Risk is not a nice man, but then it doesn't pay to be nice in his line of work. A bounty hunter who lives only for his work, and the nastier, the better : "he only took the ones other bounty hunters refused" But he does have qualities beyond being a loner and superb killing machine. Mostly human, he doesn't depend on artificial upgrades, he keeps his promises, mostly, and pays his debts. He has friends, scattered, but good to call on, a sardonic sense of humour and amazing powers of recuperation. It goes without saying that he is also stubborn, quick witted, and phenomenal with guns, knives, hands and anything else within reach when he needs to defend himself: he doesn't believe in unecessasary killing. And he wants his money - the fee he earned when he delivered the remains of his latest quarry.
This book is his pursuit of his fee and all that happens along the way, a long journey through space and in duration. And of the people, and others, that get in his way. A full blown adventure thriller, it is violent, yes, but also humerous. Jake Bible is a master of imaginative scenarios, picture building in the mind. His attention to character building is also superb as, with just a few brief words, he converts them from shadows on a page to real living, if strange, beings. They are further brought to life by the excellent narration of Mr.Wehrein, whose distinctive slightly gravelly voice fully injects the sardonic humour and determination of both Roak himself and all of the other characters, be they adversaries or helpers. The voicing of a ship's AI. is especially delightful but my real favourite is another A.I., grateful to Roak for enabling him (it?) to evolve into a full human - no, don't ask.
Imaginative, well written, fun behind the swiftly administered violence, this is a series of delightful vignettes behind Roak's ongoing quest for his money. My thanks to the rights holder who gifted me a copy of Roak, via Audiobook Boom. It was really enjoyable and I look forward to hearing more books by Mr.Bible.
- Norma Miles
Dark, moody and brilliant.