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Book Review: Lockheed Elite by Tyler Wandschneider

“Coming out on top never happens the way you plan.”

A few weeks ago, I introduced you to Tyler Wandschneider, author of Lockheed Elite, the first in a new sci fi series about a team of salvagers scouring the universe for treasure, righting the occasional wrong, and trying to stay out of the way of the Galactic Alliance… Today, I’m pleased to bring you my review of this first-in-series book, a rip-roaring action tale full of deception, betrayal, and a superb cast of characters – all of which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The story opens with an interview – the best salvage crew in the galaxy has an opening, and their interviewee brings more to the table than anyone (her included) could have guessed. The unfolding story is full of intrigue, theft, slavery, secrets, double-dealing, triple-dealing, and more cool interstellar gadgets than your imagination could conceive. Fortunately for all of us, Wandschneider’s imagination takes care of our shortcomings in this regard, and the resulting tale is a shifting funhouse mirror display of honor among thieves, too-good-to-be-true’s, and a handful of good old-fashioned smackdowns.

The characters are great, a perfect melding of the familiar (The Gentle Giant, The Snarky Woman with Something to Prove, The Tough Guys who Inevitably Implode, The Anti-Hero) with a handful of twists that spin the familiar on its head (I can’t explain those without giving spoilers, but trust me) and keep things interesting throughout. The plot is well paced, with plenty of rough and tumble action interspersed with tidbits of social commentary, an unexpected romance (or two), and enough cautious optimism peppered with snarky one-liners to bring a smile to even the most battle-hardened intergallactic space-veteran’s heart.

This was a fun, easy read. The writing is as engaging as the author himself – which you no doubt know after reading his guest post (and if you didn’t before, definitely do now). This is a promising beginning to a new series, and I for one look forward to seeing where Anders and his team head next…

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