Alexander Outland: Space Pirate
Alexander Outland: Space Pirate
By Gini Koch
Night shade Books
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Pub Date June 6, 2017
Yes! Finally there is someone who writes comedic scifi ala Harry Harrison and does it with style. Captain Alexander Outland may not speak Esperanto (well maybe he does), but he does share Slippery Jim’s flexible morality and skill in planning and executing outrageous heists. Throw in a James T Kirk approach to women and a wildly mismatched but extremely skilled crew and voila. Alexander Outland: Space Pirate is just plain fun to read. I was always on the edge of my seat waiting to discover 1) which crazy situation they would get stuck in next 2) how they manage to get out of it. (spoiler alert - I almost died laughing as they escaped through the sewage system and subsequently defeated their enemies while escaping to their ship. Let’s just say the crap was flying) Gini Koch does an amazing job keeping the action and the humor flowing throughout.
Alexander Outland is always looking to make a fast buck, but a couple of ladies (unhappy with his love and leave approach) convince him that the 69 (short for space vessel 3369) should look elsewhere for the goods. After encountering an invisible pirate armada, Outland and crew escape to the most likely nearby world. Unfortunately the situation gets complicated fast. The military wants them to get rid of the pirates. The mob wants that too --for different reasons, and a terrorist group is intent on killing anyone who attempts to leave the planet. Between double and triple crosses, telepathic spies, enemies in the military and a herd of donkeys, Outland has his hands full - and not with the delectable Slinky (his weapons chief) - and that is before he takes on the pirates. Be prepared for lots of action and lots of laughs. My only disappointment came from the book ending - I am definitely ready for more. Gini Koch please don’t keep your eager readers waiting.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Alexander Outland: Space Pirate from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A hilarious science fiction space opera from Gini Koch, the bestselling author of the popular "Kitty" Katt urban fantasy series (Touched by an Alien).
In space, nobody can hear you scheme. . . . Sometimes piracy just doesn’t pay. Captain Alexander Outland of the Sixty-Nine (short for Space Vessel 3369, of course) is the best pilot in the galaxy. He’s also a pirate, a smuggler, and loved and loathed by women in umpteen solar systems. His crew of strays and misfits includes an engineer of dubious sanity, a deposed planetary governor, an annoyingly unflappable Sexbot copilot, and a slinky weapons chief who stubbornly refuses to give the captain a tumble. Outland just wants to make a decent living skirting the law, but when an invisible space armada starts cutting into his business, he soon finds himself in hot water with the military, the mob, mad bombers, and an extended family of would-be conquerors. And that’s not counting an occasionally telepathic spy.... Like any sensible scoundrel, he hates heroics. They’re risky and they don’t pay well. But to keep his ship and crew in one piece, and make time with a certain hard-to-get weapons chief, he might just have to make an exception—and save the galaxy despite himself!
“Laugh-out loud, read until you drop. Alexander (the) Outland is my favorite space pirate.”
—New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs