Galaxy Blues (Coyote Series #5)

Galaxy Blues (Coyote Series #5)

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by Allen Steele
     
 

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Since being expelled from the Union Astronautica space fleet, Jules Truffant isn’t having the best of luck. His first attempt at starting a new life lands him in prison on the colony world of Coyote.

But now, instead of being deported back to Earth, he’s offered another chance to get his act together—on a diplomatic mission that puts him

Overview

Since being expelled from the Union Astronautica space fleet, Jules Truffant isn’t having the best of luck. His first attempt at starting a new life lands him in prison on the colony world of Coyote.

But now, instead of being deported back to Earth, he’s offered another chance to get his act together—on a diplomatic mission that puts him squarely in the path of a black hole.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

This grand interstellar adventure exemplifies Hugo-winner Steele's skill with near-future tech and struggle with human interactions. Kicked out of the Western Hemisphere Union Astronautica space fleet, 20-ish Jules Truffaut cleverly stows away on the Robert E. Lee, bound for the Coyote Federation, where he intends to defect. Circumstances force him to accept a mysterious job as shuttle pilot for billionaire Morgan Goldstein, who's plotting to corner trade with the alien hjadd. Steele (Spindrift) makes in-flight technicalities almost tangible, and he equips his hissing, grunting, slithering aliens with convincing motivations. He's less adept at portraying the human crew who accompany Truffaut to a vast space city, where the interstellar coalition called the Talus must decide whether to allow humans to join. Subplots such as Jules's attraction to sexy crew member Rain Thompson and Goldstein's predictable big-boss machinations are tepid, even stereotypical, but a rousing climax rescues the crew and the novel from boredom. (Apr.)

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Midwest Book Review
A rip-roaring electrifying space opera.
Bookloons
Strap yourself in and enjoy a fun-filled ride.
Kirkus Reviews
Steele continues his space-colony Coyote series (Spindrift, 2007, etc.). Betrayed by his ratfink brother and kicked out of Earth's space fleet, Ensign Jules Truffaut stows away on a freighter headed for colony planet Coyote, actually a moon of a gas giant planet. But, arrested aboard the ship and threatened with deportation, Jules sees no option but to steal a lifeboat and land on Coyote-where he's promptly re-arrested. Fortunately, acquisitive businessman Morgan Goldstein needs a shuttle pilot for a mission he's planning. Jules avers that he can fly anything, and soon finds himself heading for the alien planet Hjarr with a cargo of marijuana, the hjadd regarding weed as a splendid culinary herb. Along with Goldstein, Jules' fellow crewmembers include Jas, a hjadd, Ash, a telepath, and young, beautiful but willful quartermaster Rain Thompson; Jules immediately clashes with Rain but soon, naturally, begins to fall for her. On arrival at Hjarr, the supposedly shrewd Goldstein finds he has been swindled. Worse, Jules unwittingly eats some marijuana-laced cakes supplied by the hjadd, attends an important reception while high as a kite and insults the venerated hjadd spiritual leader. Forced to make amends, Jules must lead the human delegation on a dangerous mission to study a huge, violent black hole presently devastating a remote inhabited star system. Fluffy, predictable, almost annoyingly pleasant-but Steele, twice a Hugo Award winner, has a large following. Agent: Martha Millard/Martha Millard Literary Agency

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101208908
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
Coyote Series , #5
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
184,678
File size:
362 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Allen Steele was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and received his B.A. in Communications from New England College and a Master's Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. He is a two-time winner of the Hugo Award in the novella category. He lives with his wife, Linda.

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Galaxy Blues 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Being caught helping his brother to pass his exams at the Space Academy by giving him the answers, Jules Truffaut is kicked out of Union Astronautica Space Fleet. For months he works towards one goal: to get airborne. He stows away on the spaceship headed for Coyote but he gets caught. He steals the shuttle and lands on the planet where he is arrested. He hoped to ask for asylum when he landed but instead he knows with the charges against him that the Chief Magistrate will deport him. P Before he goes in front of the judge, billionaire Morgan Goldstein visits Jules in his prison cell the wealthy man offers a proportion to the prisoner. He gives Jules a chance to become a crew member of the Pride of Cucamonga en route to the Rho Coronae Borealis System in order to make a trade pact with the elder species the hjadd. If he agrees all charges will be dropped and he will receive asylum. He agrees to go on the mission. P When the crew reach their destination, a cultural misunderstanding turns disastrous. Jules and his mates take part on a dangerous mission that more than likely will mean their death, but correcting the blunder is critical. If they succeed the hjadd will reconsider allowing humanity into the Talus, an organization of highly sentient races who exchange science and technological advances. P Set in the same universe as the Coyote trilogy, GALAXY BLUES is a rip roaring electrifying space opera in which humans are infants compared to the elder races. Readers will thoroughly enjoy learning about the hjadd and their strong unconscious belief in their superiority to the visiting barbaric mankind. Jules is an interesting antihero who tries to disapprove the hjadd perception that advanced technology equates to superior culture and species. Fans will appreciate his efforts. P Harriet Klausner
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Doesn't quite have the intensity of the main Coyote series. The story is somewhat predictable, but still a very good read. If the Galaxy Blues is a start on expanding Coyote to off-world stories, then the ship's crew is an excellent start on development. I'd like to see more of Coyote's people and influence included, to tie the stories more closely to Coyote.
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