Thursday, 16 September 2010

Legacy by James Schmitz

Official Blurb

Ancient living machines that after millennia of stillness suddenly begin to move under their own power, for reasons that remain a mystery to men. Holati Tate discovered them—then disappeared. Trigger Argee was his closest associate—she means to find him. She's brilliant, beautiful, and skilled in every known martial art. She's worth plenty—dead or alive—to more than one faction in this obscure battle. And she's beginning to have a chilling notion that the long-vanished Masters of the Old Galaxy were wise when they exiled the plasmoids to the most distant and isolated world they knew....

My Review

This is a fun sci fi yarn tat will keep you on your toes, much like the lead character! The plot has lots of action and twists, and the lead character is quite literally a kick ass heroine.

The universe that's built up in this story is really classic sci fi, inter-stella travel is faster than light, people with the money can travel between planets and stars and humans are everywhere. Pretty typical sci fi backdrop. Now add in the mysterious missing acient race and the relics they left behind and you have what is now considered a cliched backdrop. Yet, I expect that was not so much the case back in '62 when this was written. Never the less, despite the familiar in this story it is never dull or predictable.

It's a true yomp round the future with the hero being a girl and the enemies plentiful. Cahses, fights, monsters, space ships, what more could you want?

This book is read by "peac", a voice new to me. I really hope he keeps recording because he's done an outstanding job on this reading!

Reading 3/3
Production 2/3
Story 2/3

Total Score 7/9

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