All Slap ever wanted was his ranch and family. The gangster Lyssel destroyed all that, leaving only charred remains.
Tristan wanted nothing; he had no expectations from life and trusted no one.
When the bereaved cowboy and space pirate meet, they discover they are hunted by a common enemy: Lyssel.
Forced to work with each other against this gangster and his mob, the two take to space in a small cargo ship. But can two total opposites put their differences aside long enough to stay alive?
About the Author
L. S. King has been published in Deep Magic, The Sword Review, Dragons, Knights & Angels, Digital Dragon Magazine, Residential Aliens, and more. Two of her stories were selected for The Sword Review's "Best of..." Anthologies. She has worked as a submissions editor and a copy editor on several magazines and was a founding editor of the online magazine, Ray Gun Revival. She currently is working on novels in the Deuces Wild series and the Sword's Edge Chronicles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. It kept a nice pace, touched the range of emotions, had great character development and an interesting, exciting story. I only put it down when forced and when it was over, I wished I had another one about these characters to read. I was really interested in what they would do next. I look forward to her next effort.
On the surface, "Deuces Wild: Beginners' Luck" by L. S. King is a good, old-fashion, space opera story full of adventure with a touch of humor that most, if not all, will enjoy. Are there are explosions? Yes! Battles? A plenty! Spacey technology? Yep, but the story doesn't get bogged down in it. Aliens? You bettcha, including their cultures and a believable world. But there are two other details needed to make a book of any kind interesting: plot and characters. On the plot front, the story consist of the two main characters, Slap and Tristan, who confront the Mordas, a Mafia-like group controlling Slap's planet. The Mordas attempt to steal the settlers' land, even if it means killing. Slap's loss of his wife and children at their hands leads to meeting Tristan at the beginning of the story. Their two fates become intertwined with interesting results as they attempt to avoid capture, or are busy rescuing one another from capture. Along the way, they meet a respectable cast of secondary characters and adventures that adds spice to the tale and moves the story forward. In the end, they return for a final confrontation with the self-appointed organization controlling Slap's planet in a satisfying battle. The plot is standard fare, but L. S. King puts enough of her own spin on it to keep it interesting. However, if this was the extent of the book, it wouldn't be enough to make it stand out. What really causes this to rise above your average space opera tale are the two characters. King has taken pains to paint two very three-dimensional characters who you'd never expect to become friends. They don't even expect themselves to become friends. But by the end of the book, they know it and the reader knows it. But what does a mercenary with a hidden past and agenda, and a moral cowboy-like family man have in common? On the surface, not much, but the fun is in watching them find out that real friendship has roots that dig under the surface of differences and bind them to one another. Then when events force them to make a decision, they discover their bond brings them to one another's aid-because they care. The real joy of this book is in watching that friendship unfold and tested between these two endearing characters. For me, it is what makes this book worth reading. The interesting plot, the space and planetary backdrop and cultures, the adventure and explosions, are all icing on the cake, making this book one well-rounded story that few would regret plunking down the money to read. The story itself is one anyone can identify with. For space opera lovers, this is a must read-a prime example of an exciting but well-rounded adventure. I fully enjoyed it, and I bet you'll not regret picking this one up.