Orion Arm, by Julian May

orion-arm-by-julian-mayGenre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Ballantine
Published: 2000
Reviewer Rating: threehalfstars
Book Review by Aaron M. Renn

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Those of you who read my review will recall that I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked May’s light adventure Perseus Spur. Well now she’s back with a second installment in the continuing adventures of Asahel Frost aka Helmut Icicle. This one, dare I say it, is even better than the first.

Frost is back on Kedge-Lockaby living as Icicle, having left Rampart Starcorp in disgust after a violent disagreement over how to handle what was learned about the threat of the alien Haluk in Perseus Spur. Again, someone tries to kill him, which really pisses him off, especially since he’s pretty sure it’s an agent of Galapharma AC, a corporation headed by the detested Alistair Drummond. Asahel “I try to get out but they keep pulling me back in” Frost captures the assassin then goes on a quest to get to the bottom of things.

Again, this is light entertainment, but pretty darn tasty light entertainment. Just the kind I like. I was all ready to slam the book for being too long at nearly 400 pages, but quite honestly I breezed through it so fast I didn’t even notice the length. The only thing that really annoyed me about the it was the continuing references to late 20th century cultural elements. But I think that’s clearly a nitpicky matter of taste.

Immediate problems are resolved, but I’ll tell you right now that even more so than in the last book, May sets us up for a sequel. Expect at least one more to turn this one into a Rampart Worlds Trilogy.

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