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Agents of Mars, Glynn Stewart 20 December 2023

2018 SF, third of its sub-series. David Rice and his subtly well-armed merchant ship are still doing covert intelligence gathering for the Protectorate.

The timeline has jumped forward a bit: we're now after Hand of Mars and the Ardennes coup and civil war, and Red Falcon's crew is being sent to trace the arms shipments that made that war possible. But someone else is cleaning up their tracks… and there's some of the frustration here that I found in Judgment of Mars as the good guys repeatedly turn up just a bit too late to find a living lead.

Apart from that, this is the last book of its sub-series, so various characters have to be got into position for future books, and/or given happy endings to their arcs.

Which is a lot of scaffolding to fit into the book, and it does sometimes get in the way of tne enjoyment. The character stuff is good as always, but I think there are limits to how much fun one can have with basically the same crew having basically the same fight in basically the same space habitat before it starts to get old.

It's fun, it's entertaining, but it's not particularly germane to the Big Plot of the overall series. To be fair, nobody claimed it was.

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Previous in series: Hand of Mars | Series: Starship's Mage | Next in series: Voice of Mars
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  1. Posted by John P at 10:19pm on 28 December 2023

    Remember that we were talking about space trader books where the protagonists are just people trying to make a living? I've just read "Quarter Share" by Nathan Lowell which might just fit the bill.

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 10:18am on 29 December 2023

    Someone else recommended that to me recently, and it's on the queue.

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