Pay Me, Bug!

PayMeBugMy Blurb: When Grif Vindh and his crew pull into the Tylaris system to celebrate after pulling off an impossible heist, all hands begin dreaming of what they’ll do next. But the one thing nobody expected was that they’d have to go back and do it all over again. And worse: this time, the mark knows they’re coming.

My Review: If you told me that Mike Resnick was going to adapt The Sting, and set it in space, this is the book I’d expect him to deliver. Quite simply, it’s one of the best indie books I’ve ever read – and I’ve read hundreds. The only blight on the entire experience was the odd choices for title and cover art. Once you’ve read the book, the title makes perfect sense, as it’s a reference to a running gag in the story, but it sets entirely the wrong tone for what the story is actually about, which is probably causing a lot of potential readers to skip on past it. And the cover art, while professional looking, fails to convey the frenetic drama of the grown up action adventure that lies inside. (IMO, Resnick’s covers offer much better examples of how this kind of story should be packaged.)

But ignoring the issues of packaging, if you like cocky heroes, witty banter, a fast moving plot, and enough twists to braid a yak, then your reading list is incomplete until you’ve put this one on it.

First Contact, by Michael R. Hicks

About the author

Jefferson Smith is a Canadian fantasy author, as well as the founder, chief editor and resident proctologist of ImmerseOrDie. With a PhD in Computer Science and Creativity Systems compounded by a life spent exploring most art forms for fun and profit, he is underqualified in just about everything. That's why he writes.