Publisher: Kevis Hendrickson
Publish Date: November 1, 2012
Origins: From Author for Review
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Synopsis: LUST AND FURY COLLIDE IN A GALAXY ON THE VERGE OF WAR.
Fearing retribution from ruthless gangsters over an unsettled debt, intergalactic bounty hunter Zyra Zanr ventures to a distant world to collect the reward for Boris Skringler, a notorious terrorist, who has been sentenced to death by political rivals of the InterGalactic Alliance. When she fails to secure his release, she decides to break him out of prison. Zyra soon finds herself an unwilling participant in events that lead to a climactic showdown between the most powerful worlds in the galaxy.
Torn between her desperation to rid herself of the threats to her life and her guilt in agitating the conflict between two galactic superpowers, Zyra is horrified to learn that the lives of an entire world of people hinge on her ability to return Skringler to his captors. However, her distrust of Skringler gives way to lust, unraveling her plans. Will Zyra give into her passion and allow Skringler to go free? Or will she surrender him to her enemies to stop an impending war? The fate of billions depend on whether she chooses life for a killer or the death of her lover.
Review: Kevis Hendrickson has decided to revamp the Rogue Hunter series and ‘Inquest’ is the first book in the new incarnation. Here we meet Zyra Zanr, a bounty hunter with some bad debts who will do anything to collect the reward on Boris Skringler’s head. What Zyra doesn’t realize is Skringler is pivotal in an impending war and his presence will either stop or start an interplanetary war…will she be able to save millions of lives or will her love for him doom them all?
In ‘Rogue Hunter: Inquest’ I was introduced to New Venus – a world of only women. The author has given the reader a lot of depth and history into the beginning and evolving society of New Venus. I was very intrigued by the emphasis on women’s rights and how one woman’s journey could affect them all. Zyra’s sexuality and sexual passions play a big role in this book, but the romance and mild sexual situations are not the crux of this story. The focus is on Zyra’s strength and the consequences of the choices she makes. The politics and history of New Venus play an integral part of the story, more than just being the setting. ‘Rogue Hunter: Inquest’ is a great beginning to a rebooted sci-fi series featuring a strong female protagonist. I was happily surprised by how much I truly enjoyed the characters, the world building, and the shocking twist at the end. Pick up ‘Rogue Hunter: Inquest’ and you won’t be disappointed.
Rogue Hunter Series: Inquest (1), Death Moon (2), Alliance (3)