I switched gears in my reading material and went sci-fi to read "Dark Run", book one of the "Keiko" series by Mike Brooks.
I wasn't disappointed.
"Dark Run" tells the tale of the crew of the freighter Keiko, a home for all sorts of dangerous misfits who are led by the fast-talking Ichabod Drift. When Drift's past comes back to haunt him, the crew of the Keiko find themselves enmeshed in politics and having to figure out how to get revenge and stay alive.
"Dark Run" reads like a mix of "Firefly" and Ocean's Eleven. The protagonists are your classic mix of misfits: the grifter, the hacker ("slicer" in this world), the assassin, the tough guy, the merc, the hotshot pilot, the brilliant engineer. You know the selection.
While the cast and plot are familiar staples, Brooks does a great job of telling a fairly fresh story that I found entertaining and engaging. Caper science fiction. Hard to go wrong with that. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
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