Perseus Spur, by Julian May

perseus-spur-by-julian-may coverGenre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Ballantine
Published: 1999
Reviewer Rating: three and a half stars
Book Review by Aaron M. Renn

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After the quasi-epic Pliocene Exile/Galatic Milieu books, this light SF detective adventure is quite a departure for May. Helmut Icicle is the alias of a falsely convicted criminal living on the frontier planet of Kedge-Lockaby. He was once Asahel Frost, the scion of a wealthy and powerful corporate CEO, but was framed when he too aggressively pursued corporate wrongdoing in his job as a government investigator. Resigned to a life as an outcast, everything turns around for Frost when ghosts from his corporate past show up and try to kill him. He gets dragged into a web of intrigue that just might help him win back his good name.

There’s nothing of tremendous substance here, and I’m sure May didn’t intend for there to be. It’s just fun, light, fairly entertaining reading. Cliches abound and I kept thinking I should probably be finding lots of faults with them and other things about the book. But I didn’t. I liked this book quite a bit.

May leaves room for a sequel at the end, though the book stands alone. The cover says “An Adventure of the Rampart Worlds”, so I expect this is intended as the first in the continuing adventures of Asahel Frost.

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