The Last Campaign

47North: Amazon. Oct. 2020. 343p. ISBN 9781542091404. pap. $14.95. SF
The marital relationship of Rosalia Morais and Nicolau Aames was forged in space during a career-crushing set of events mixed in with unprecedented political improbabilities. Trust was everything, and they found it in spades with each other. Ex-space Admiral Morias finds herself appointed to the office of Sheriff for a large, partially subterranean province of Maxwell City, Mars. Aames, a very skilled investigator and one of the founders of Maxwell City, reluctantly takes on the title of Ambassador as the flinty couple attempts to unravel some strangely disjointed circumstances involving arson, smuggling, and several murders.
VERDICT Nebula Award-winning Shoemaker (Today I Am Carey) presents a kind of Martian love story overlaying a suspense thriller. The characters feel as real as the Martian cities and landscapes. The harsh survival realities of the red planet, clashes with a new civilization trying to find its own governing philosophy and economic stability. The strong, symbiotic couple entering this intense and unpredictable environment will delight sf readers and drama fans alike.

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