Full Speed to a Crash Landing

DAW. (Chaotic Orbits, Bk. 1). Aug. 2024. 192p. ISBN 9780756419462. $23. SF
Ada Lamarr is clearly up to something, even as the oxygen dwindles in her spaceship and she worries whether or not she’ll be rescued. Her eventual rescuer, a government ship on its way to salvage a badly crashed ship on a self-destructing planetoid, is up to the same thing as Ada was. There’s high-value cargo hidden somewhere aboard the wreck, and Ada planned to get it. The government agent who rescued Ada is hoping to keep her in the dark about his mission, even though he couldn’t manage to leave her in the blackness of space. But she’s playing him, he’s playing her, and they’re just befuddled enough by each other that her much better-planned mission is the one that wins out—at least for now.
VERDICT Readers looking for a wild romp of a sci-fi caper story, complete with long games, big plans, wild heists, and epically flirtatious banter, are going to fall in love with Ada Lamarr every bit as much as Agent Rian White does in this first of a projected trilogy from Revis (Museum of Magic). Perfect for fans of Valerie Valdes and Constance Fay.
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