Three words to describe The Exodus Betrayal: Page-turner. Twisty. Cyber-Fun. (I may have made that last one up:)
The cybernetics in her head could save a planet. But when the man who put them there turns them against her in a deadly battle of wills, she’ll have to find a way to save herself.
Alvera Renata considers herself the best bounty hunter on New Pallas and with good reason – her cybernetics give her an edge nobody else can match.
So when she’s tasked with investigating the ancient space station that has been silently watching the planet for centuries, there’s not a doubt in her mind that she’s the best woman for the job. As for the risks? Well, they only make things more interesting.
But what Alvera doesn’t realize is by unravelling the station’s secrets, she’ll be forced to confront some of her own. When the same technology that once set her apart threatens to destroy her mind, what starts as a mission for credits and glory soon becomes a fight for survival – not just her own, but that of New Pallas itself.
I thoroughly enjoyed first-person POV scifi punky story… Told from the perspective of an enhanced bounty hunter, it was important to see the reveals through her eyes. The realizations of deception and manipulation, of power and fate.
There won’t be much plot discussion in this review because I don’t want to get into spoilers… (with this book even info from 10 pages in may be too much! It’s that fast.) I will point out some generalizations: At the heart of The Exodus Betrayal is a hero vs villain conflict with the innocents caught in between. Add layers of self-discovery and much spinning of the moral compass and you have a fun ride through Alvera’s head.
If you want a something to compare to, I felt a little Coruscant in Scrimgeour’s descriptions… especially the world of New Pallas.
A great Weekend Read… escape into this world of greed and subterfuge. What will win out in the end?
4 out of 5 stars.
Thank you to the author for a copy for review.