Books from the Backlog #172

Posted July 29, 2021 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 12 Comments

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #172Outpost by W Michael Gear
Series: Donovan Trilogy #1
Published by DAW on February 20, 2018
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
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From the bestselling co-author of the People novels comes a riveting science fiction adventure on a planet with danger around every corner

Donovan is a world of remarkable wealth, a habitable paradise of a planet. It sounds like a dream come true. But Donovan's wealth comes at a price.

When the ship Turalon arrives in orbit, Supervisor Kalico Aguila discovers a failing colony, its government overthrown and the few remaining colonists now gone wild. Donovan offers the chance of a lifetime, one that could leave her the most powerful woman in the solar system. Or dead.

Planetside, Talina Perez is one of three rulers of the Port Authority colony—the only law left in the one remaining town on Donovan. With the Corporate ship demanding answers about the things she's done in the name of survival, Perez could lose everything, including her life.

For Dan Wirth, Donovan is a last chance. A psychopath with a death sentence looming over his head, he can't wait to set foot on Port Authority. He will make one desperate play to grab a piece of the action—no matter who he has to corrupt, murder, or destroy.

Captain Max Taggart has been The Corporation's "go-to" guy when it comes to brutal enforcement. As the situation in Port Authority deteriorates, he'll be faced with tough choices to control the wild Donovanians. Only Talina Perez stands in his way.

Just as matters spiral out of control, a ghost ship, the Freelander, appears in orbit. Missing for two years, she arrives with a crew dead of old age, and reeks of a bizarre death-cult ritual that deters any ship from attempting a return journey. And in the meantime, a brutal killer is stalking all of them, for Donovan plays its own complex and deadly game. The secrets of which are hidden in Talina Perez's very blood.

Why did I add Outpost to my bookshelf?

I received a copy of this book from the publisher a couple of years ago and never got around to reading it. Oops. I remember seeing a couple of really good reviews for it really does sound promising. I try to read from a wide variety of genres and it has been a while since I last read any science fiction so this could be a possibility soon.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?

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12 responses to “Books from the Backlog #172

  1. The closest I get to sci-fi is space opera, so no chance of me reading this, but it’s good you have it should you get a sci-fi itch to scratch.

  2. Debbie Haupt

    I have not read that book but it is a genre I love. Thanks for putting it on my radar I hope you get to indulge soon