DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This novel centers around Jex Bowen, an intergalactic pilot who is retiring and ready for married life with his soon-to-be bride. But in his last week, his supervisor offers him a 3 month stint to pilot the latest and greatest ship that can go faster than the speed of light. He accepts amidst his fiance breaking off their engagement, his soon father-in-law pulling some behind the scenes strings, and his supervisor essentially not giving him a choice. Once the liftoff begins, this proposition isn't what it seems as he has to deal with on board terrorists, sabotage, and even space battles with angry alien species.
This book was originally written in the 1970s and it reads as such. Reeking of sexism right out of the gate, it was hard to stay focused after that. If you've ever read Asmiov and are used to the slower, non-explosive pace, you will recognize that same writing style here - just not executed quite as well. The book is meant to get more and more exciting as you read but in my experience, it just got worse. I had to force myself to get through to the end.
Other reviews differ; however, as the majority of posted reviews are around a 4/5, so if you're a fan of "vintage" feeling sci-fi, check it out.
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