It all starts in 2408 on the asteroid Cicero, as problems between the FISC (Federation of Independent Space Colonies) and its rival space power, the UDSC (United Democratic Space Colonies), seem to be escalating again. Twenty-year-old Hunter Blake is chosen as this year's Covington Fellow, a prestigious position that should guarantee a secure future. While traveling to Mars to begin his two years of Fellow studies, Hunter and his girlfriend are kidnapped by space pirates, those disenchanted with the restrictions set by both the FISC and the UDSC upon their citizens. After spending time with the pirates and enjoying their lifestyle, Hunter chooses to return to Mars and resume his life as a Fellow, not knowing that he is now suspect as a traitor. He soon must make the choice of rejoining the pirates or being tried for treason. There's romance and sex but nothing really graphic. (Although the one guy does have a classic line, "A blow job's a blow job.") There's action. There's intrigue. There are spaceships, and weightlessness (that's one of the sex scenes). There are political discussions and medical breakthroughs. (Hunter was going to study medicine before he was chosen as a Fellow and he helps the pirates set up their infirmary.) There's a pirate raid on a lunar ice-processing facility. (Hunter helps with that, too.) There's even a neat new game called Intellego (no real specifics on the rules, but it sounds like computerized group chess with some twists). What more could you want from a good SF story? The sex stuff probably limits this to high school/adults only. Category: Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror. KLIATT Codes: SARecommended for senior high school students, advancedstudents, and adults. 2000, Bantam, Spectra, 627p., Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Sherry S. Hoy; Libn., Tuscarora Jr. H.S., Mifflintown, PA
When rising star Hunter Blake wins a prestigious appointment as a Covington Fellow, he leaves his home in a mining colony on the asteroid Cicero for a period of intensive study on Mars, the center of the Federation of Independent Space Colonies. Captured by space-faring pirates and held hostage as part of an intricate political juggling act involving two rival governments and the anarchistic pirates, Hunter soon learns to question his assumptions about life, love, politics, and truth. The author of Double Full Moon Night brings his talent as a raconteur to bear in a novel set in a far future in which humans have colonized space but still practice the ancient art of political deception. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Space coming-of-age yarn, from the author of Double Full Moon Night (1999), etc. By the 25th century, the totalitarian FISC and the similar UDSC vie for control of the space colonies scattered throughout the solar system, although many independent pirate groups reject both FISC and UDSC and live by their own philosophies and modes of government. On the remote asteroid Cicero, exceptional student Hunter Blake wins an exclusive Covington Fellowship offering a fast-track route to a top government job. At the same time, Hunter reconnects with his stunning ex-girlfriend Tehani Wilawa. Tehani's now working as a high-class whore to pay off the crippling debts left by her fathera situation Hunter is none too happy about. On the voyage to Mars, pirate Utopians capture the ship. Tehani, nearly sold to a vicious barbarian pirate from another band, is ransomedshe's the mistress of a FISC bigwig. Qualified paramedic Hunter becomes Utopia's doctor, and falls in love with sexy Ursula; he still doesn't know how he feels about Tehani. Then, he jumps at the chance to return to Mars and resume his Fellowship, somewhat guiltily abandoning a now pregnant Ursula. Can Hunter fit in on Mars, and will he ever discover how he really feels about Tehani? Lee sets up sucker punches, then pulls them all. There's no war, tranquil or otherwise. And, despite frequent sexual encounters, the hero's either numbingly placid or irritatingly obtuse. Pass.Oltion, Jerry ABANDON IN PLACE Tor (368 pp.) Nov. 2000