The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of . . .
When private detective Rick Bailey is hired by the exotically beautiful and outrageously wealthy Princess Nora, he thinks it'll be easy money. Escaping from her rebellion-torn kingdom, the princess has lost her handmaiden, Lores: the only person who knows how to find the hidden royal jewels.
But when his search for the equally lovely Lores turns deadly, Bailey realizes that there is more to this case than it first seemed. When someone tries to kill him, he discovers that the roots of evil run deep.
With his own set of values and sense of honor, Bailey must keep one step ahead of murderous mobsters, secret government operatives, and a genetically enhanced Lores as he races across the galaxy in search of the truth. The only things he knows he can trust are his eight-foot-tall ladybug-like girl Friday and a powerful weapon that responds to his thoughts.
Will Bailey find the treasure of the black hole in time and will he survive long enough to discover why it is something worth killing for?
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This book is like stepping into an old-school black and white detective story, but with aliens. Rick is a sleuth or sorts who is hired by a beautiful woman to find her missing handmaid. Or so she says. The story quickly changes into a Goonie-esque hunt for treasure in deep space. It’s a fun read that will transport you to another world full of interesting characters. With that being said, it’s easy to get lost in the author’s imagination. The characters have their own lingo and names for things. I still can’t remember what a “brown cube” is.
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite It seemed to be an easy case for private detective Rick Bailey when the very rich Princess Nora hired him. Yet things get out of hand pretty quickly and someone even tries to kill Bailey. There’s more to the case and he must outwit his enemies to find the treasure of the black hole and discover the truth behind it. Treasure of the Black Hole (Treasures of Space) by S. Evan Townsend combines the charisma of the '50s and '60s noir-esque elements of the P.I. world with the futuristic world. I’m a big fan of the noir P.I. dramas, films and novels, but I was ambivalent about the futuristic concept at first. However, Townsend made it into a solid combination and a fun sci-fi adventure mixed with thrilling crime novel elements. The prose is clear cut and has the right flair to match the story concept. The plot is well structured and has a good pace, not to mention the twists that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and their adrenaline pumping. The dialogue is sharp and witty. I also love the perfect dose of humor from start to finish. Lead character Rick Bailey is perfect for both old school P.I. noir and futuristic space settings. He has enough wise-guy mannerisms and his own set of values and sense of honor for readers to root for him. All in all, this is a solid and surprisingly fun read. Townsend definitely shows his creativity and skill with Treasure of the Black Hole. I’m interested to see what else this talented writer has up his sleeve.
This was a fun read. Just outright fun. You got your fedora-wearing private detective, your luscious damsel in distress, and the standard deceit and intrigue; so, you know you're in for something good. Then you realize the secretary is a gigantic bug alien, its set on another planet far in the future, and and there's some tech that makes you drool. It goes from good to the point where you sit back, cackle, and rub your hands together in delight (...or maybe that's just me.) S. Evan Townsend does a great job putting together a traditional 50's detective story with decidedly non-traditional elements in a way that makes it almost impossible for you to walk away from. I loved that the twists just kept piling on, giving you exactly what you want in this type of story. He is the first author I've read in science fiction to follow the racial amalgamation theory, resulting in a diverse protagonist that you can't help but like. Favorite quote (shared with permission from the author): "" "No. But all humans look alike. How you people mate, I'll never know. Disgusting." I've read how his race produces. It requires five of them: Four chromosome donors, one recipient. The word "disgusting" doesn't come close. "" This was a great read by a talented author. Its not the type of story that will stay with you or imparts some deep philosophical knowledge, but not every good story has to be one of those. Its definitely one to pick up if you need to lose yourself in a bit of silliness and adventure for a few hours. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.