Antimatter Blues

St. Martin’s. (Mickey7, Bk. 2). Mar. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9781250275059. $28.99. SF
Mickey Barnes, once the colony’s Expendable Mickey7, retired from service on a lie. Now that the beleaguered colony is running out of fuel, he’s stuck making that lie good, only to discover that the antimatter bomb he carefully hid under a rock pile was found by the native inhabitants and traded to their enemies—in the hopes said enemies would either leave them alone or blow themselves up. Which puts Mickey back in the expendable seat, leading a band of equally misfit crew members on a trek to either find the power source, start a war, or tell another really, really big lie. Or possibly all of the above. Readers who enjoy the nitty-gritty view of space colonization of John Scalzi or Michael Mammay will love this every bit as much as Mickey7. Through Mickey’s own eyes, readers experience just how hard the knife edge between success and failure is, as he and his crew set out on a deadly adventure with a very questionable ally to save somebody’s day. Possibly their own.
VERDICT A nonstop SF adventure from beginning to end.
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