“ Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy / Author: Christina Engela / Kindle Edition „
Blachart is another great sci-fi story from the transgendered author Christina Engela and set in the same universe as her other books.
This time around the action focuses around Mykl D'Angelo, a Space trader having a VERY bad week! First, most of his crew abandon him during shore leave at his last destination, then his Engineer and Helmsman are both killed in a fatal accident when a couple of crossed wires during routine repairs cause a pulse-wave! Left drifting in space, his only hope of rescue comes when he receives communication from an Imperial Ship patrolling the area.
But when he boards the Ship, he discovers that his week is only about to get worse! Communications have been lost from a local Starport and, with the strong suspicion that Corsairs are responsible, the ISS Antares has been dispatched to investigate! Not only that but a certain memember of the crew is someone he once cared about deeply and finds he has feelings for again!
When the Commander discovers Mykl is ex-StarFleet, Mykl is asked to re-enlist and help in the mission and when things go pear-shaped, it is Mykl who saves the day. This results in Mykl being asked to lead the team back on a suicide mission: namely to infiltrate the Corsair home-world, gather reconnaisance and prepare the way for a StarFleet retaliation. This would be fine and all well and good but he is forced to bring the notorious Blachart The Bloody along with him; a former Corsair and the scourge of the known galaxy, can Blachart REALLY be trusted tyo do the right thing?
This is another great adventure from a little known writer who definitely deserves more recognition! Though The Time-Saving Agency may have felt a little flawed, Blachart is far more polished and a far more enjoyable romp! The humour from the previous book is still here in droves and yet the sci-fi itself is still dealt with maturely and responsibly. In fact, this has all the ingredients of a very clever Space epic that sows the seeds for many more tales to come. It is important to note that Blachart is set long before The Time-Saving Agency and features characters and events briefly mentioned at the beginning of that book but you don't need to have read anything else by Christina to enjoy this!
In fact, if this is your first experience of Christina Engela my best advice would be to sit back and enjoy!
Blachart is available from Obooko.com as a free PDF download or from Lulu.com for the extortionate price of £16.60 in paperback!