Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.
Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.
Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to the Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.
Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.
It was a very pleasant space opera and a nice beginning of a series. I was even more impressed when I found out the author is actually a pen name of a joint venture of Daniel Abraham, writer of The Dagger and the Coin series, and Ty Franck, George R.R. Martin’s former assistant and science fiction writer. These two can write and they do it well but the fact that this novel has two POVs helped a bit, I suppose – allegedly Franck wrote the chapters following Holden and Abraham wrote the ones following Miller. Abraham focused on the prose and filling in the details regarding characters and Franck focused on the world building and the plot.
Overall the book, even if long, was hard to put down and I was so pleased that the ending was rather conclusive, not one of those ugly cliffhangers that plague some series. Ironically, I think I am going to continue reading because now I’d like to know more.
A stand-alone novel beginning a series. If you like sci-fi and space operas with a dash of good, classic whodunnit thrown in and a nice romantic story arc too, do give this one a try.