The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of . . .
When private detective Rick Bailey is hired by the exotically beautiful and outrageously wealthy Princess Nora, he thinks it’ll be easy money. Escaping from her rebellion-torn kingdom, the princess has lost her handmaiden, Lores: the only person who knows how to find the hidden royal jewels.
But when his search for the equally lovely Lores turns deadly, Bailey realizes that there is more to this case than it first seemed. When someone tries to kill him, he discovers that the roots of evil run deep.
With his own set of values and sense of honor, Bailey must keep one step ahead of murderous mobsters, secret government operatives, and a genetically enhanced Lores as he races across the galaxy in search of the truth. The only things he knows he can trust are his eight-foot-tall ladybug-like girl Friday and a powerful weapon that responds to his thoughts.
Will Bailey find the treasure of the black hole in time and will he survive long enough to discover why it is something worth killing for?
First lines: I trudged up the stairs of the last five flights to my rented office on the fiftieth floor of the Carter building, breathing hard, since the lifttube was perpetually broken. Complaints to Mr. Carter only brought mumbles about the malaise of the building supervisor and I arrived at my office hot and sweaty, took off my brown, felt fedora, and fanned myself with it. It was aberrantly hot for an edge planet today. I looked out the window to the horizon.
This was such a fun book to read! It’s like a futuristic 50’s crime novel / treasure hunt complete with fedoras, private investigators and the ever present blonde bombshell.
This book will have you turning pages quickly in a feeble attempt to try and keep up with each new twist and turn. Just when you think you have it…BOOM…. another twist. I LOVED it.
The technology is awesome. This author describes everything so well I could clearly see the entire story play through my head as I read. I especially loved Mr. Townsend’s description’s of all the different species of sentient beings out there. What a fascinating imagination he has!
The character descriptions are on point. You receive enough information to get to know them but not way more than you need. The main character is complicated but simple at the same time. AND it’s protagonist is a guy! Not just that, it’s a black man. That never happens and it was so refreshing. Plus, his secretary is a gigantic bug who happens to be the most badass bug ever and then…..twist!
This book is definitely a refreshing story of a well worn genre. I will be reading more from this author for sure!
This book gets the full 5 stars from me. It was incredibly entertaining!
The Technical Data:
Title: Treasure of the Black Hole | Author(s): S. Evan Townsend |Publisher: Space Resources Publishing / Publication Date: 8-3-2015 |Pages: 237 (paperback) | ISBN: B013D07YS4 | Genre(s): Science Fiction / Fantasy | Language: English |
Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 11-1-2015 | Source: Copy from author