Tuesday, 12 March 2013

The Outer Rims, Episodes 1 & 2 (A Kindle Series) - Clint Morey

The child of missionaries, Matthew Wallace is no stranger to new worlds across the universe. However, his view of new civilizations is somewhat marred when he witnesses the killing of his parents at the hand of the Ananke tribe.

From that tender age of six, he lives with families in the Marshal's Service. So naturally he becomes a Marshal. But, he hasn't forgotten that fateful day. Matt's anger at the Ananke people has grown into pure hatred. Unfortunately, his vow not to return to the 'Healing Planet' is pushed aside when his wife is stricken with cancer. Making the long journey back to where he lost his parents is difficult for Matt but the want to cure his wife is greater.

Upholding the Marshal law of punishment and justice for everyone regardless of money, human or not has made Matt's reputation precede him. When he arrives on Altair, the doctor in charge of the medical unit which carries out the life-saving treatment, and the senior deputy marshal meet him. However, the senior deputy feels slighted that he wasn't made marshal and shows his dislike of Matt. Taking it in his stride, Matt shows him and the other marshal's whose in charge. Whilst his wife receives the much needed treatment, his daughter goes exploring, closely followed by the family robot called Roy and Matt makes it known how he expects the marshal service to be run.

Unbeknownst to the new marshal of Altair, there are things taking place that have a sinister air about them. Will Matt find out what they are? Are the cures the doctor offers truly legitimate and what are the Ananke people plotting?

From the unassuming opening pages that quickly turns to a horrific incident, Morey's science-fiction series is compelling from the get go. The main character may well have a troubled past but his strength comes from his parents, whether he realizes it or not. The plot has been well thought out and having it in 'bite size' portions builds anticipation of what will happen next. The few characters met thus far are subtly vibrant, even the robot Roy has a great personality. Only two episodes in and it's already a great read.

To my great surprise I really like this story. I am not a fan of the sci-fi genre as I struggle with new worlds and phrases etc. However, Morey's style/use of words is nothing 'out there'. There are some unusual terms like 'Anake' but nothing that makes me think 'what is he talking about?' The strength and likability lies in the plot and the main character. It seems that this may be a story of a man seeking revenge but it's so much more than that and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the episodes.

I received a complimentary copy of this series from the author to review. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique.

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