Friday 56 & #BookBeginnings: Starship Grifters


The early thirty-first century was a dark time in the Galaxy, as the oppressive regime known as the Galactic Malarchy threatened to snuff out the last remaining embers of freedom far out on the southern end of the Perseus Arm. Only a ragtag band of rebels stood between the Malarchy and total Galactic domination. These brave heroes risked everything to preserve the dream of a galaxy comprised of an informal association of relatively free planets.
This is not the story of those heroes.
- p. 3

For Friday 56:
I shoved the yoke forward, causing the Flagrante Delicto to plunge dramatically toward the ground. Bad Little Kitty rolled right, dodging a barrage of lazecannon fire. The Flagrante Delicto did the same, with somewhat less grace and a significantly narrower margin of error. Someone banged on the door to the cockpit. “What in Space are you doing?” growled General Issimo’s voice. “You’re making us all sick!”
- p. 56

Synopsis of Starship Grifters by Robert Kroese: A space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet?and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself!

The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam. But getting mixed up in the struggle between the tyrannical Malarchian Empire and the plucky rebels of the Revolting Front and trying to double-cross them both may be his biggest mistake. Luckily for Rex, his frustrated but faithful robot sidekick has the cyber-smarts to deal with buxom bounty hunters, pudgy princesses, overbearing overlords, and interstellar evangelists while still keeping Rex's martini glass filled.


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16 comments

  1. Oooh, I love that beginning! I love sci-fi! Here is my beginning at Shut Up & Read

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    1. This just came out, so go grab your copy!

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  2. Sounds exciting! Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “ONE KICK”

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    1. I agree ... it sounds like some swashbuckling action!

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  3. Reading that beginning, I would keep reading.....

    Here is my Book Beginning post!!


    What a 56!!

    Here is my Friday 56post!!

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  4. Nice beginning even though I don't read this genre.

    Cute cover too. ENJOY!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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    1. I don't read much sci-fi either, but the cover really caught my eye and it seems like a f!un read

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  5. Awesome BB and 56! It's nice to see some sci-fi this week.
    Here's my Friday 56
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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    1. I've been thinking of getting something different in my reading life ad when I saw this, I thought it was pretty cool!

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  6. Firstly, love the new layout! Crisp and clean, very nice!
    Normally I wouldn't delve into sci-fi, but this books intrigues me and seems like it would be an exciting read.

    Happy weekend!

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    1. I got really antsy, Freda, as I usually do. I'm loving it too ... I don't have any issues with reading the text now!

      I barely read sci-fi, not that I don't like it, I just don't. Maybe this one will be a goody for me :) Enjoy the long weekend!

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  7. I cover looks very old-fashioned. When was the book published?

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    1. I think that's what the author was going for - a vintage look. It was actually just published this May 2014!

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  8. I don't normally read a lot of 'hard' sci-fi... but this looks tempting!

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    1. This was pitched to me and when I saw the cover, I was: YES.

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