James L. Cambias, author of A Darkling Sea, now gives readers a thrilling near-future adventure of space pirates and computer hackers in Corsair
In the early 2020s, two young, genius computer hackers, Elizabeth Santiago and David Schwartz, meet at MIT and have a brief affair. David is amoral, out for himself, and soon disappears. Elizabeth dreams of technology and space travel and takes a military job after graduating. Ten years later, David works in the shadows for international thieves, and Elizabeth prevents international space piracy.
With robotic mining in space has become a lucrative part of the economy, and shipments from space are dropped down the gravity well into the oceans. David and Elizabeth fight for dominance of the computer systems controlling ore drop placement in international waters. Each one intuits that the other is their real competition but can't prove it. International piracy has very high stakes and some very evil players. And both Elizabeth and David end up in a world of trouble.
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Unlike Cambias's promising and strikingly imaginative debut novel (A Darkling Sea), this sophomore effort has little appeal. David Schwartz, the self-styled "Captain Black, the Space Pirate," parlays his computer skills into a lucrative criminal career, remotely redirecting valuable shipments of helium being sent from the Moon to Earth's "hungry fusion power plants." Unfortunately, one of his escapades attracts the attention of his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Santiago, now an Air Force officer, who identifies him as the culprit and, after a dramatic outburst, spends the rest of the book in a no-holds-barred effort to defeat him. Schwartz's idea of the good life mostly involves bedding beautiful women and abetting serious bad guys, but the former soon bore him, and the latter try to kill him. Cambias's easy familiarity with technology is not enough to save this book from its flat characters and sloppy plot; the loose ends are glaring and the twists are obvious to the reader long before Captain Black sees them coming.