SFF

Persephone Station

Saga: S. & S. Jan. 2021. 512p. ISBN 9781534414587. $27. SF
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Persephone is a small planet that has been bought from the church by Serraeo-Orlov Corporation for mining rights. There are ancient ruins of a civilization, but the planet is thought to be uninhabited except for a lot of deadly plants and wildlife. There is, however, a sentient species living out in the deserts that an ex-monk-turned-crime-boss in the company town of Brynner seeks to protect. Through corporate assassinations a new CEO comes to power who knows of the beings, known as the Emissaries, and the advanced technologies they possess, but she wants to exploit the Emissaries instead. Rosie, the crime boss, hires Angel and her crew of misfit ex-marines and friends to protect the Emissaries against the Corporate Military. Will anyone survive?
VERDICT This enjoyable and thrilling read features excellent worldbuilding and lively characterizations. The engaging crew and well-drawn plot will have readers hoping this will become a series.

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