by Allen Steele
Review by Ernest Lilley
Ace Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441015641
Date: 01 April 2008 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
As much as I enjoyed Allen Steele's Coyote trilogy, and really, I did, I'm delighted to find that his newest book set in the same universe, a bit after the last, doesn't take place on the rustic colony planet, but where a good science fiction novel should: starfaring into harm's way and hanging out with aliens who think we're rude hicks. From official release/information:
Book Description: Expelled from the Union Astronautica space fleet and facing charges of grand theft, Jules Truffant agrees to sign up as shuttle pilot aboard the freighter Pride of Cucamonga in exchange for amnesty. After botching Pride's mission to Rho Corenae and upsetting an alien culture in the process, Jules must take part in a voyage across the galaxy to place a probe squarely in the path of a black hole as it plows through an inhabited star system.