Famous bounty hunter Talisha Artul is not having a good day. A hostile alien planet full of bandits and refugees, an entire group of mercenaries all told to kill her and take her armor, and it’s barely even noon. All she wanted was to earn a paycheck and make her mother proud. They’ve barely shared a kind word since she came out of the closet as trans and took her mother’s name.
Now she’s travelling with an android cowboy with split-personality issues and an eight-foot-tall warrior woman to beat a group of vengeful pirates and the galactic federation’s military forces to uncover an ancient alien temple. Talisha soon learns that despite her legal standing, there is little that separates her from these marginalized cutthroats and outcasts. They’re all victims here, all pawns in their shadowy employer’s game.
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Dorian Dawes’ new book is one of the most engaging, heartfelt, and expressive pieces of literature I have read! From its fervent manifestations of trying to formulate one’s queerness and transness, to exploring the wretched sadism of capitalist calculation, examining themes of Borderland identities and culture, and with an interesting, nuanced set of characters, especially the main star mercenary Talisha Artul, it will be a struggle to put it down until you finish it. An insight into sense of self but also the worlds we travel, “Mercs!” will be a timeless and campy classic!