Book Review: The Void by: Timothy S. Johnston

Publisher: Carina Press

Publication Date: March 30, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: 2403 AD

It would be easier to kill him than to trust him.

Transporting a serial killer might seem like a simple job for CCF Homicide Investigator Kyle Tanner. After spending years apprehending murderers, he's ready to hang up his pistol. Babysitting a prisoner will bring him to Alpha Centauri, where he can search for a way to escape the CCF forever.

If he makes it.

When his ship breaks down in deep space and a CCF research vessel comes to his aid, Tanner realizes he's in terrible danger: the scientists on board have blocked his distress call. And when Tanner's prisoner escapes, he begins to suspect that the proximity of the research vessel had nothing to do with luck and everything to do with the CCF's relentless reach.

Facing near-certain death by his own organization, Tanner must unravel a tangled skein of vengeance, duplicity and murder in deep space. But he's being held at the will of master puppeteers, and if he can't cut the strings, he'll dance straight to a gruesome, excruciating death….

Review: CCF Homicide Investigator Kyle Tanner and his girlfriend Engineer Shaheen Ramachandra are tired of living under the oppressive thumb of the CCF. His mission this time is taking the prisoner he apprehended to Alpha Centauri for execution for his crimes. En route, their ship’s systems power down and they’re stuck in deep space. They’re found by a CCF research vessel and quickly Tanner realizes not everything is as it seems on board. THE VOID is my favorite of the Tanner Sequence novels and I was impressed with how much the main characters, Kyle and Shaheen, have grown over the series. The mystery is very Agatha Christie-ish, with which I was quite impressed. THE VOID keeps you guessing until the very end. To me, the author has brought the Tanner Sequence to a satisfying conclusion. I highly recommend this trilogy!

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