cover image Stars Beyond

Stars Beyond

S.K. Dunstall. Ace, $16 trade paper (416p) ISBN 978-0-399-58764-1

The Australian sisters writing as S.K. Dunstall follow their rip-roaring far-future Stars Uncharted with a vigorous sequel exploring the depths of space and human deceit. As the Honesty League attempts to bring order to a galaxy governed by a corrupt justice department that is in the pocket of exploitative rival trading companies, the ragtag crew of the spaceship Another Road plan their next big score. Nika Rik Terri, a “modder” specializing in dramatic physical makeovers, desperately works to keep Capt. Hammond Roystan alive as his body deteriorates and mercenaries and the justice department alike pursue their ship. When Eaglehawk Company chairman Wickmore and his mercenary captain Norris threaten the Zell colony near the dreaded galactic Vortex, only Nika can rescue them. Another Road’s colorful crew of criminals links up with honest Alistair Laughton, a disgraced justice department official trying to protect the Zell colonists and the alien Ort to save the colony. Readers unfamiliar with this universe will struggle to untangle the complex story lines, but the vivid action and lovable characters keep the pages turning. Series fans won’t be disappointed. Agent: Caitlin Blasdell, Liza Dawson Associates. (Jan.)