Intergalactic Exterminators, Inc.

CamCat. Sept. 2022. 416p. ISBN 9780744305616. $26.99. SF
DEBUT After assisting in the extermination of an intergalactic pest on the backward planet Earth, Russ Wesley is faced with two impossible choices. He can either try to become a galactic citizen and an unpaid member of the Intergalactic Exterminators crew or he can wait for the immigration control robots to capture or kill him. Instead, Russ chooses to scam them all and suborn one of those robots for his own purposes since he needs to save his grandmother’s livelihood, and his girlfriend wants to see the galaxy and save her father’s life. The former immigration control robot, now calling itself Steven Applebum, wants to wear a mask and a cape and save everybody, while the exterminators just want to stay in business and live for another day of pest control. In this madcap adventure of space bugs, advanced tech, and corporate greed, they might all manage to get their wish—or die trying.
VERDICT Bishop’s sci-fi debut is recommended for readers who think Larry Correia’s “Monster Hunter International” series should go intergalactic, those who enjoy stories featuring the people who get the dirty jobs done, and especially anyone who wishes that Martha Wells’s Murderbot would become a superhero.
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