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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews - Saxon Bul­lock

re­leased 5 May 432 pages | Paper­back/ ebook Author Jay Posey Pub­lisher An­gry Ro­bot

Mil­i­tary SF never seems to go out of style – there’s a con­tin­u­ing de­mand for pulp- in­fused tales of ad­ven­ture in the dark­est reaches of space. The lat­est ad­di­tion is Out­rid­ers, the first in a se­ries that’s aim­ing to de­liver lean and un­pre­ten­tious sci- fi thrills.

Set in a tra­di­tional space­far­ing fu­ture where both the Moon and Mars have been colonised, the story fol­lows Cap­tain Lin­coln Suh as he’s en­listed into a se­cre­tive group called the Out­rid­ers. De­signed to gather in­tel­li­gence out­side the nor­mal rules, Suh and his team are soon em­broiled in a se­ries of dan­ger­ous in­trigues that could pitch Earth and Mars into full- scale war.

Author Jay Posey de­liv­ers plenty of ac­tion- packed set­pieces, and his big­gest suc­cess with this novel is the re­al­ism he brings to the com­bat and mil­i­tary de­tails; th­ese as­pects feel prop­erly authen­tic. Taken purely as a page- turn­ing romp, Out­rid­ers is of­ten fun – it’s just a pity that the SF world- build­ing lacks orig­i­nal­ity, while the plot suf­fers from some very pre­dictable twists. Main­stream ac­tion fans will find some en­ter­tain­ment here, but Out­rid­ers lacks the in­ven­tive­ness that would make it stand out from other pulp SF ad­ven­tures.

Posey’s day job is Nar­ra­tive De­signer for Ubisoft, work­ing on Tom Clancy-re­lated fran­chises like Rain­bow Six.

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