In the distant future, on the planet Fortune, tech is low, treason high, and heroes unlikely.
Wrongly convicted of treason, Infantry Colonel Gideon Quinn has spent six years under the killing suns of the Morton Barrens, harvesting crystal and dreaming of vengeance.
But when a general of the Colonial Corps arrives with an offer of freedom, and a chance to clear his name, Gideon doesn't have to think twice. He takes her offer and with Elvis, his pet draco, on his shoulder, boards an airship bound for the city of Nike in search of revenge.
But mostly revenge.
What he finds is plucky street-thief, a city steeped in corruption, and a deadly secret at the heart of the Corps that could bring Fortune's new and fragile peace to an explosive end.
And that's just his first night in town.
Soldier of Fortune is the first Gideon Quinn Adventure. If you like down-at-heels heroes, quippy sidekicks, and roller-coaster action, you'll love this free-wheeling mashup of science fantasy, steampunk, and comedy.
What readers are saying about SOLDIER OF FORTUNE:
"I'm completely enamored with Quinn and his merry collection of misfits--"
"This is my third or fourth time reading this story and I still love it!"
"This is an absolutely first-rate action-adventure / science fiction / fantasy novel that I simply could not put down."
Gritty Protagonist in a Highly Engaging and Entertaining Story
What’s not to like? A principled, but flawed, man seeks justice and vengeance and a love lost to betrayal. Mix in an intelligent reptilian companion, a couple of handfuls of other quirky characters, and a detailed and nuanced world and the result is entertaining mayhem. After completing this book, it occurred to me that it captures a strong dash of the spirit of Fritz Leiber (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser) - the principled (but not overly so) protagonist prone to impulsiveness, improvisation, and a bit of flair in pursuing (eventually) the desired objective while facilitating a few others along the way.
Great! A bit of steampunk, and vivid and likable characters to anchor the story. Enjoy!
Soldier of Fortune
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well written. Nice twists to storyline. Great mix of personalities.