Written by Alastair Reynolds.
Narrated by Clare Corbett.
A superb science fiction adventure set in the rubble of a ruined universe, this is a deep space heist story of kidnap, betrayal, alien artifacts, and revenge.
The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Among the ruins of alien civilizations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives.
And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them….
Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It’s their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds that have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded by layers of protection – and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous.
Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore’s crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen in particular.
Revenger is a science fiction adventure story set in the rubble of our solar system in the dark, distant future – a tale of space pirates, buried treasure, and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism…and of vengeance.
In this work Mr. Reynolds has crafted almost a passable “Steampunk” Space Opera. The Baubles the privateers loot resist any technology but the simplest so that is what they use. Adrana and Fura are the heroines of the story, fleeing a misogynistic colony to seek their fortune among the stars and the relics of tens of thousands of years of repeated human re-habitation.
I really enjoy the way this author writes his stories so a lot is made up for by the content. This particular performance may have exceeded the abilities of the narrator leading to a lot of male voices coming off muffled and all of the female voices sounding too alike. I’m giving this one five for content, three for performance and four overall. Enjoy!