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Publisher's Summary

From acclaimed short-fiction star Suzanne Palmer comes an action-packed sci-fi caper that launches a high-stakes space adventure trilogy.

Fergus Ferguson, repo-man, has one job: find the spacecraft Venetia's Sword and steal it back from Arum Gilger, ex-nobleman turned power-hungry trade boss. Finding Gilger in the farthest corner of human-inhabited space, a gas-giant harvesting colony called Cernee, was easy. The hard part will be getting past a field of space mines, hacking into the Sword's compromised AI, and fighting a crew of hostile enemies to take control of the ship. 

But when a cable car explosion launches Cernee into a civil war, Fergus finds himself caught in the crosshairs. Repossessing the Sword requires him to side with Gilger's enemies, risk death, and get abducted by aliens. Fergus must learn to set aside his pride - and confront a past he's been running from his whole life - in order to take back the Sword and simultaneously save Cernee from destruction.

©2019 Suzanne Palmer (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"It has been a long time since I enjoyed an SF novel this much. Finder is a raucous good time! Suzanne Palmer's Fergus Ferguson is charming, imperfect, always in trouble, and a most resourceful rogue. I can't wait for his next adventure. Characterization at its finest. Firecracker dialogue. Suzanne Palmer had me hooked, charmed, and howling with delight by the end of the first act. Finder is a marvelous first novel. Bravo all the way around." (W. Michael Gear, New York Times best-selling author of Outpost)
 

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this was pretty bad

The book pretends to be be hard sci fi, but it falls oh so short. full of cliche characters and locales. completely missing the point when talking about distances in space. the scale of the locales is way way off. ships stop moving when they turn off their engines. even the purchasing power of money is crazy off the scale. e.g. a character who can book illicit interstellar travel is suddenly so poor, they have to pay attention to their water allowance on Mars. I can go on.

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This story deserves better

Great story idea, but the prose is weak and amatueurish, and the inconsistent tense is jarring. The author has no grasp of basic physics. You can’t “swim” through the air in zero gravity, and turning a space ship’s engines off doesn’t make it stop. Just, no. Needed more basic research and revision. The sequel being published one year later shows just how little effort this author puts into writing.

But the performance is what really kills this audiobook. The narration is flat and dull, all characters seem to have the same voice and tone, and the narrator can’t seem to be bothered to turn the energy up beyond 3 even during a space gunfight outside a space station. The characters talking in battle sound like they’re debating the finer points of doilies over a cup of tea, and when the “bad guy” is furious, he just seems to talk slower. Unbearable. Couldn’t get past chapter 13. Sent back.

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sci-fi for the next generation

I love that this book has action and heart and wit without formula. Suzanne Palmer's characters are entire people, complicated, flawed, and believable.

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a good read

I enjoyed the story but hard to follow at times and narriator doesn't use much emotion when reading.
I enjoyed the story line and look forward to a second book.

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Be Interesting?

The narrator was good. The story was ok. It started out promising but ended with unfulfilled potential. The first half of the story is well thought out and has so much promise. When it took a sharp turn I initially thought it was going to go someplace really great. It did not. The main character bumbled along in a non linear direction to the same end. There were so many possibilities but none of them developed into anything interesting.

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Meh...

Started out strong, but I just lost interest halfway through.
Nothing new or exciting. It was fine for a free book, but I would not buy it.

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Narrator in training??

Narration seemed to be breathy on the verge of weepy even during dramatic action scenes
It made it very hard to stay focused on the story line

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Its ok-ish

I wanted to enjoy this book. It had the ingredients to be really good. I found it a challenge to finish it - maybe a bit drawn-out.

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Violence

Got into the story only to hear the characters getting kicked and beaten.

Disappointed and will delete this from my library

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nice escape

This was a good book to just escape into. However, I did not find it compelling or particularly engrossing. It was just something to listen to while walking the dog/

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  • R. Maines
  • 10-15-20

A rollicking adventure.

A war, mysterious aliens and a repo man on a mission to retrieve a stolen ship. It feels like an old fashioned pulp adventure but with modern sensibilities. Really enjoyed it and the narration was great.

Roll on book 2..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-22

Surprisingly good

I never expected to enjoy this so much, but pleasantly surprised to find i did.
Very entertaining story throughout, free of some of the trappings the genre tends to suffer from (needless info dumps etc).
The narration isn’t bad either.
Can’t find flaw with the plot or characters…
At a push I would say the author might have done more foreshadowing of the ‘political leaders’ that come in to play towards the end but even then I’d be unsure if that would improve the story, it may even have had the opposite effect.

I think the story stands well as a one off, but can see why it was developed by further with follow ups.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-25-22

Great story

Great story, I really enjoyed it. I’m not a huge sci-fi fan but after falling in love with Becky Chambers’ books I thought I’d give this a try and it was really entertaining, I’ll be reading or listening to more from this author. My only huge disappointment was the choice of an American as the Scottish central character and narrator. They were a good narrator, but it was a massive let down not to have chosen a Scot - I mean how many sci-fi heros from Scotland do we get and we were denied this one!

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  • jsm999
  • 02-19-22

Everything you’d expect in a space adventure story

An enjoyable and undemanding space adventure, with a rugged hero, quirky female sidekick, spaceships, mysterious aliens, oppressive governments, and independence fighters on Mars. Enough story and characterisation to keep me listening to the end, but nothing too deep or heavy - sometimes that’s just what you need.
The narrator had a flat American accent, which didn’t fit with the Scottish main character, and I felt detracted from the story.

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  • Mr. C Shearwood
  • 08-22-22

Reasonable scifi detective story ruined by a nonsense third act twist

The first half-to-two-thirds of the book is a by the-numbers sci-fi story about a man trying to recover a stolen spaceship and getting embroiled in local tensions that aren't specifically his fault but also kind are his fault. There is a young adult sidekick the protaganist feels bad about endangering, and a rotating cast of side characters with varying degrees of chacterisation. We approach the end of the narrative arc.

And then aliens give the main character magic anti-electronic lightning powers. The story goes off the deep end. It comes out of nowhere and completely ruins the themes of the story. It finally concludes with a bizarre journey to fascist occupied Mars and a very shallow conclusion to the civil war arc that sucks the tension out of the rest of the story.

Would not recommend,

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-25-22

Easy going listen

Not a challenging book but OK if you are looking for something fairly light. characters are well developed but storyline not a bit too straightforward.

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  • mo
  • 02-03-22

Thoroughly enjoyable

Great space romp, lots of action and an interesting plot. Would have loved the main character to have had a good Scottish accent but narration very good overall so it doesn't really matter.

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  • diziet
  • 12-29-21

Slow pacing and overly detailed

Way too much exposition, detailed description, clunky dialogue and slow pacing spoiled a decent sci fi yarn that could have shone with a more ruthless edit. Performance good, apart from the excruciatingly bad Scottish accent in the latter part of the book!

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  • Joseph
  • 12-12-21

lacking in originality but tolerable.

the protagonist is one dimensional, the antagonist had no discernable motivation. but pacing was good and voice talent was skilled

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  • DAVID G ROGERS
  • 11-12-21

Should have been labelled YA

Science was thin, even in simple things such as the ease of transition from long-term living in zero gravity to planetary g. Characters were cliche to the point of caricature, such as the 19 year old girl who kept telling the utterly unbelievable hero how much she hated him; all very YA. Of course some readers will enjoy this, lots of action and agonising ... but why wasn't this labelled YA? Then I wouldn't have read it, or if I did I wouldn't have written this poor review because I would have had different expectations. To cap it all, the narration was second rate; very little differentiation between the various characters' speaking voices.

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  • Justin Cunningham
  • 05-10-22

Pretty sure there was a good book in there

I'm fairly certain this was a good story, but it's so hard to tell due to the terrible narration. So monotonous and boring... Still, I listened to the end because like I said, the story was good. There were even a few good jokes that were totally ruined because the narrator didn't realize they were meant to be funny. It's like he was just reading the words one by one without considering the wider context of what was happening, and thus did not put any sort of emphasis to bring each situation to life - be it action, suspense, grief, or humor.

I'd like to read more of this author, or listen to more with a different narrator.

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  • Craig
  • 02-05-22

Not the usual story of space adventure

There is a depth to this story that kept me interested and the main characters are very interesting and likeable. Technical details are well thought out and don’t leave questions about possibility.
If you are looking for a story of endless blazing pulse rifle battles then don’t start this book.

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  • Dan
  • 09-16-21

pass

I struggled to finish this before I finally gave up with several hours to go bland narration and just so so story I can see why it was free and even that is overpriced

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