Author: Paul Regnier
Genre: Science Fiction
Captain Starcrost is not having the carefree, adventurous life of a star pilot promised in all the space academy brochures. He’s broke, his star freighter is in dire need of repair, and there’s a bounty on his head. His desperation has led to a foolhardy quest to find a fabled treasure that brings good fortune to the wearer, the Emerald Enigma.
Every captain needs a trusty starship and a crack team of crew members by their side. Unfortunately, the bitter pill of reality has brought him Iris, a ship computer with passive aggressive resistance to his commands; Blix, a hulking, copper-scaled, lizard man with an aversion to battle; Nelvan, a time-traveling teen from the past, oblivious to this new future; and Jasette, a beautiful but deadly bounty hunter looking to take over the ship.
Enter a charismatic and clever nemesis named Hamilton Von Drone, whose dark past has already intertwined with our misfortunate captain and left a painful scar. To complicate matters, as every good nemesis must by their evil nature do, Hamilton is employing his vast wealth on the very same quest for the Emerald Enigma.
I agreed to review this book mostly because it involves space captains, star ships and treasure. Is there a better combination? Captain Starcrost is broke, has a bounty on his head, and in general, is much like the Captain Jack Sparrow from space travel. Deciding his best odds are to go on a quest to find a mythical treasure, the Emerald Enigma, he goes on the adventure of a lifetime. Unfortunately his crew isn’t exaclty ideal either, Starcrost’s nemesis is also after the Emerald Enigma, and not everything – what did you expect? – goes as planned.
I liked Glint Starcrost, but more so I liked his crew! Iris is hilarious – a ship computer but with a certain rebellious strak. I also really liked Nelvan, a fourteen-year-old time traveler.
The author manages to combine so many unique, original and at times hilarious concepts in this edge-of-your-seat story that I can only applaud it and recommend it.