Some jobs are just too good to be true.
Captain Matt Spears learns this the hard way after a mysterious employer hires his ship to hunt down an ancient alien artifact but insists on providing his own pilot. Ryce Faine is handsome and smart, but Matt has rarely met anyone more obnoxious. With tensions running high, it isn’t until they are attacked by the hostile Alraki that Matt grudgingly begins to respect Ryce’s superior skills, respect that transforms into a tentative attraction.
Little did he know that their biggest challenge would be reaching their destination, an abandoned alien base located on a distant moon amid a dense asteroid field. But when Matt learns that Ryce isn’t completely who he says he is and the artifact is more than he bargained for, he is faced with a difficult choice. One that might change the balance of forces in the known galaxy.
Matt doesn’t take well to moral dilemmas; he prefers the easy way out. But that might not be possible anymore, when his past comes back to haunt him at the worst possible moment. When faced with a notorious pirate carrying a personal grudge, the fragile connection Matt has formed with Ryce might be the only thing that he can count on to save them both.
I love sci-fi, but one never knows what to expect from an author unless you’ve read their books before. Isabelle Adler is a new author for me. I adored Adrift.
The story was well laid out and the action engaging without being over the top. In some sci-fi, all there seems to be is action which for me leaves the storyline lacking – in Adrift, that wasn’t the case. Matt, our hero and whose POV we see the story from, is incredibly likeable. He’s a smuggler and his ship, the Lady Lisa, contains him and his two companions – Tony & Val. The author did an incredible job of creating both Tony & Val’s personalities. There is little of them ‘on screen’ –more Tony than Val- but Matt’s thoughts on them really built both characters.
Matt’s painted as a fun-loving guy, but over the course of the book, we learn how deep and heroic he is.
All of the secondary characters were written well – Mr. Ari was all by mention and what he said or what was said about him told me everything I needed to know about the guy. The only character that was a bit of an enigma was Ryce. It felt like while he was in the story, that he was also a shadow, never quite letting us know him. But considering his base beliefs, his choice at the end, while good because it gave the book a nice rounded feel, felt odd. I hope in the next book the author will explain why he made that choice. (Or maybe he’ll try to tame Matt’s smuggling ways – which should be fun.)
A strong 4 stars for good world & character building.