Simon Kovalic haven’t even had a chance to breathe and recover from their teammate’s betrayal in the last mission when he and his team are assigned their next job – a heist. They are going to have to steal a relic that may belong to an alien race, and maybe, just maybe, provide the knowledge to give the Commonwealth a leg-up on the Illyrican. To do this, they are going to have to steal this artifact from a gangster who is expecting them. To help them out, they are assigned a new crew-member, Specialist Addy Sayers, who is an ex-com with a quick temper. Working together will be essential to completing this mission, but how can they trust this un-trustworthy newcomer, especially in light of what happened with their last crew member?
This is some really fun space opera.
Author Dan Moren gives us a clever set of characters – most who work well by themselves but have to find a way to trust their teammates in order to survive – no easy feat, given how Moren sets these characters in front of the reader.
We know that getting this relic will be tricky, but that Kovalic and crew have a few tricks up their collective sleeves. Just what those are is a big part of the fun and the mystery that keeps us reading.
The action here builds nicely to a climax, with the danger involved seemingly insurmountable. Moren really takes us right to the edge on this one, giving us multiple choices as to which character will not survive to the next book.
I don’t really get a sense of the ‘cold war’ though I understand it’s there and that these missions are a small part of this cold war fight, but this big picture is still missing from these books for me. I hope we’ll get more of this in future volumes. In the meantime, I’m content to sit back and have fun.
Looking for a good book? The Aleph Extraction by Dan Moren is fun space opera – a bit of science fiction mixed with a dose of action/adventure novel. A good book to enjoy for some casual reading.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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The Aleph Extraction
author: Dan Moren
series: The Galactic Cold War #2
publisher: Angry Robot
paperback, 400 pages