Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Science Fiction
Approximate word count: 115-120,000 words
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A California native who now lives in the Pacific Northwest, Kevin McCormick is now working on The Silence and the Light, the second of four books planned in his debut science-fiction series.
For more, visit his blog.
“Master thief Christmas ‘Crazy-Eyes’ Parker has robbed and murdered a path from one end of the galaxy to the other, earning a solid living as a hired gun for the Galactic Coalition, the singular government controlling all planets inhabited by mankind. When an armored truck job goes sideways on the planet Eridan, Parker’s next move puts her at odds both with her government liaison, Horace Murchison (who betrays Parker thanks to a convincing religious experience), and her boss, industrial magnate Atusa Navarro, a woman who is equal parts generous philanthropist and ruthless killer.”
Imagine a distant future. Much of the known universe is settled and civilized, with a central government having control, at least of the civilized part. But at some distant outposts, the government’s hold is weak and (despite vastly improved technology) it feels much like the old west, or at least how it is often portrayed. That’s the setting for A Voice in the Thunder. But the story (some crime thriller with a bit of political thriller tossed in the mix) is one that would work in many settings, with corrupt government, ruthless (some might say evil) corporate overlords, and difficulty deciding who the good guys really are. A good read for science fiction fans.
Some adult language.
A small number of typos and other copy editing issues.
Rating: **** Four stars