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Vakov Fukasawa is a Reaper. An elite soldier injected with a dangerous drug called stormtech: the DNA of a genocidal alien race, the Shenoi. It makes him stronger, faster, more aggressive. At a price.

A price that, if the House of Suns cult isn't stopped, all of humanity will have to pay.

Vakov saved his estranged brother from the cult and killed their leader. Now they want his head on a spike, and they're hunting him and his friends down to get it, while continuing their mission to awaken the Shenoi and plunge the galaxy into mindless violence and chaos. There is a dangerous journey ahead, but Vakov and his misfit crew of eccentric aliens, troubled bounty hunters and rogue hackers will take any risk to stop the alien awakening. Only there's one risk Vakov hasn't shared: the one he himself poses. He got a terrifying glimpse of the Shenoi in the depths of interstellar space and the violent nightmares he's suffered since suggest their DNA isn't just inside his body - he might already be fighting them for his mind....

©2021 Jeremy Szal (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"This frenetic, grisly sucker-punch of a book manages to be everything you could want from sci-fi, while also carving out its own niche with a rusty slingshiv." (Fantasy Book Review)

"Vakov Fukasawa is a former soldier, addicted to the biotech inside his own body that makes him constantly crave for action. And there is plenty of action in this fast moving novel, but not at the expense of ideas, or of humanity, or of vivid descriptions of Szal's carefully imagined war-torn galaxy." (Chris Beckett)  

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  • 12-13-21

Great Continuation…

I absolutely loved Stormblood (Bk 1), and Blindspace (Bk 2) is a great continuation of the story.
Everything about these SF books just holds my attention & leaves me wanting more! We have bio enhanced humans & aliens … and so much more on top that it’s too much to write.
The characters, the plot and the universe are very well written and the detail pulls you further into the story and you feel you are there sharing the characters angst and feelings. I’m impatient for Bk 3 so speedy witing please Jeremy Szal.
Colin Mace provides excellent narration and in my opinion his voice suits the book and feel of the characters. Fingers crossed we have Mr Mace for Bk 3 too.
If you are a SF fan - I highly recommend you check these books out.

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  • 12-31-21

A wild, hugely-enjoyable adventure

A hugely enjoyable adventure! There's a whole new riot of compelling and zany characters to root for or to despise, as Vakov continues his journey to bring down a mad cult, while still looking out for his brother, while still doing right by his squad-mates. The interactions and relationships between the characters, human and otherwise, was my favourite thing about the book. In science-fiction, rarely do we see such emotionally-rich narratives and engrossing characters that drive the story forward, and the "found familiy" moments here were a delight.

The action is even more brutal, the world-building is rich and packed with goodies, and the last few hours of the book are super intense. Things get. . . dark. Really really dark. So dark I almost wanted to stop listening at times. But never so dark that you can't see the light at the end, so I'm glad I didn't abandon it!

Highly recommended!

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  • James Nagata
  • 12-22-21

A visceral, powerful and heartfelt read

BLINDSPACE builds on the first book to deliver solid moments of gut-punching emotion, visceral action, and crazy world-building. The stakes get raised and the danger escalates, with all out war looming on the horizon. The relationship between Artyom and Vakov, the two brothers, takes center stage, as they navigate their painful past and build their relationship into something new and powerful. There's a dozen of heartfelt moments between them, with one so powerful it felt like getting headbutted in the heart by a bull. It was so well done and extremely satisfying. In a book packed full of action and shocking moments and intensely dark scenes, it's these quiet, undercutting moments that bring so much emotion to the table, and utterly destroy you.

Otherwise, the world-building is top-notch, expanding in a much bigger scope than was seen in the first book, encompassing several worlds, species, cultures, alien civilizations, and galactic histories. There's a lot to take in, evoking the feeling of Mass Effect or even China Mieville's New Crobuzon, but with a space-opera/cyberpunk aesthetic.

But character comes first here, with Katherine, Grim and Juvens - a horned warrior alien with a devilish sense of humour - all apart of the action. There's several new characters that make up Vakov's new crew, and they're all exciting and interesting people, who come with their own baggage and backstories, and between all the fantastic banter and dialogue, watching their relationships grow and evolve as their brotherhood strengthens is a pure joy.

The action scenes were also a highlight for me, whether they're a vicious brawl on an asteroid, in zero-gravity on a far-flung moon, or in a wild, crazy high-tech space battle that feels straight out of Star Wars. You feel every punch and shot and kill and spray of blood, as you get swept up in the high-octane madness.

Obviously, I loved this book all the way to the crazy conclusion, and I can't wait to see what happens next to Vakov and the gang!

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