MISSION TO MOULIKIN
Following on from Icerigger, the story continues concerning the ice planet of Tran-Ky-Ky and the adventures of Ethan Fortune Frome, an interstellar salesman, Skua September, a professional adventurer and general giant of a man, Milliken Williams, amateur scientist and mathematician, Billionaire Hellespont duKane and his daughter, oh and their new Tran-Ky-K friends.
Here Ethan helps his natives' friend to unite their planet and apply for membership into the commonwealth. Along the way they will fight insane Tran kings and corrupt Commonwealth officials based at the commonwealth landing site appropriately called Brass Monkey.
At Brass Monkey you might think the party of travelers might find some rest and support but no the corrupt official there has his own plans. Those plans include in keeping the Tran tribes squabbling as much as possible and meanwhile quietly slip minerals and resources off planet in return for millions in credits. Ethan really does not want to be a hero he actually doesn't have much choice in it.
The Tran people must be brought together as one quickly. So the entire party travels around the globe to the fabled city of Moulokin to find the allies and the answers they seek.
They will encounter murderous creatures and fight a war.
A vividly written book the chill of the planet creeps off the pages and numbs your fingers. The characters are fully fleshed out and the interaction between them is wonderful to read. The descriptions of the planet, its flora and fauna are clearly written and easily imaginable. Alan is a genius at writing these type of adventurer and exploration novels, he has a natural talent for the weird and wonderful alien creatures.
A superb sequel to Icerigger and carries the adventure on is the same great vain.
This book could be read as a stand alone but to be honest for maximum enjoyment read Icerigger first.
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: New English Library
Alan Dean Foster is also the author of numerous non fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as novelisations of several films, including Star Wars which he wrote under the name of "George Lucas", the first 3 Alien films, the Thing, the chronicles of Riddick, the Black Hole, Outland, Starman, Alien Nation and the Dig.
Other books to become movies include Clash of the Titans, Krull, the last Starfighter and more recently Transformers.
His novel Cyber Way won the southwest book award for fiction in 1990, the first science fiction work ever to do so.
Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first star trek movie. His novel Shadowkeep was the first ever book adaptation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia.
He has travelled widely, visiting Asia, Europe, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Zambezi and most of the Pacific. Whilst he has lived in Tahiti, French Polynesia and now resides in Arizona.
Alan and his wife Joann Oxley currently live in a turn of the century miner's brothel, along with dogs, cats and fish.
He is presently at work on several new novels and media projects.
Books I would personally recommend are: - Icerigger, This book, Mission to Moulokin and the Deluge Drivers (a trilogy). The Howling Stones, Drowning World, Founding the commonwealth Trilogy are Phylogenesis, Dirge and Diuritys Dawn.