Thursday, April 4, 2019

Book Review | Finder by Suzanne Palmer

Finder is a science fiction novel by Suzanne Palmer.

From Hugo Award-winning debut author Suzanne Palmer comes an action-packed sci-fi caper starring Fergus Ferguson, interstellar repo man and professional finder.

Fergus Ferguson has been called a lot of names: thief, con artist, repo man. He prefers the term finder.

His latest job should be simple. Find the spacecraft Venetia's Sword and steal it back from Arum Gilger, ex-nobleman turned power-hungry trade boss. He'll slip in, decode the ship's compromised AI security, and get out of town, Sword in hand.

Fergus locates both Gilger and the ship in the farthest corner of human-inhabited space, a gas-giant-harvesting colony called Cernee. But Fergus' arrival at the colony is anything but simple. A cable car explosion launches Cernee into civil war, and Fergus must ally with Gilger's enemies to navigate a field of space mines and a small army of hostile mercenaries. What was supposed to be a routine job evolves into negotiating a power struggle between factions. Even worse, Fergus has become increasingly--and inconveniently--invested in the lives of the locals.

It doesn't help that a dangerous alien species thought mythical prove unsettlingly real, and their ominous triangle ships keep following Fergus around.

Foolhardy. Eccentric. Reckless. Whatever he's called, Fergus will need all the help he can get to take back the Sword and maybe save Cernee from destruction in the process.

Hmm. I'm sad I didn't connect to this one like other reviewers seem to have connected with it.

Fergus Ferguson is a bit of an Indiana Jones type character, but he's having his action adventure in space. Fergus is a repo man, and he's on a mission to steal back a spaceship.

I think my issue lies in how action heavy Finder turned out to be. I love action, but this book was pretty full throttle the whole way through. When I started Finder, I thought "Yes! This is going to be so much fun!", but the level of fun kept going and the character-action scale tipped too far down on the action for me.

If you love nonstop action, though, without getting to know who you are rooting for, this might be a really great pick for you.


Review copy provided by publisher


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  1. Sorry this didn't quite work for you. I plan on reading it and I'm curious to see if they action is too much for me as well 😁

  2. I have to be in the right mood for this kind of book.

  3. Dang, I was looking forward to giving this a read, but all action and nothing much else is kinda tough to like. I do like the sound of an Indiana Jones type protagonist though!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. You know how you don't really know if Indiana Jones is a lucky idiot or actually brilliant? LOL. Maybe you'll have more fun with it!

  4. I'm kind of like that too. I like action but get tired of reading it constantly. I'm actually more of a character driven, world building reader. Which make my disappointment in "In the Valley of the Sun" even more mind-blowing.

    1. Yep, I'm the same way. In the Valley of the Sun may just be one of those enigmas for you.


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