I’ll preface this by saying that I read the eARC version of Her Brother’s Keeper and I did that several months ago when it was first available.
Her Brother’s Keeper is a solid space opera novel with definite elements of Military Science Fiction. The characterization is solid and the story is engaging and exciting.
Mike Kupari has woven a tale whose characters have influences in Homer’s Odysseus and Horatio Hornblower and with a story that is at times as dark as David Drake’s works.
All in all, it is a solid and engaging read. I will say that some of the side adventures were more interesting to me than the main story, but that’s more a matter of personal preference. My main complaint would be that certain characters (who I won’t name for obvious reasons), basically had “red shirt” written in their description. It wasn’t that they were bad characters, but compared to the description of other, more central characters it was the equivalent of “oh, and there’s Dave, don’t worry about him, he’s going to die.”
All in all, the characters were interesting, the adventure was solid and the characters who survive all have interesting growth. A good read for those of you looking for a new author and I’ll be reading the future books.
DEBUT SOLO NOVEL FROM THE CO-AUTHOR OF DEAD SIX. Air Force weapons expert Mike Kupari, co-author of Dead Six and Swords of Exodus, offers up a science fiction adventure. When privateer Captain Catherine Blackwood is enlisted to rescue her brother from a treacherous warlord, she finds herself on her most dangerous mission yet.
It’s been years since Catherine Blackwood left the stodgy, repressive colony world of Avalon. Now the captain of the privateer vessel Andromeda, she is the master of her own destiny. But Catherine soon finds herself back on Avalon after receiving a plea for help from a most unlikely source: her estranged father, esteemed Avalon Council member Augustus Blackwood.
It seems Catherine’s brother, the heir to the Blackwood aristocracy, has gone off in search of treasure on the failed, chaotic world of Zanzibar. But Cecil Blackwood’s plans have gone very, very wrong, and he has been taken hostage and held for ransom by a fearsome local warlord. Augustus, knowing his daughter is the only one who can be trusted to return his son safely, swallows his pride and hires Catherine to bring her brother home.
Catherine takes the job—but it won’t be easy. Just getting to Zanzibar proves treacherous. And once she arrives, things only get worse. If she is to save her brother, Catherine Blackwood must face down danger at every turn and uncover a mystery four million years in the making.
You can get it from Amazon here