In an age of exploration, the crew of the freetrader Pelquin’s Comet – a rag-tag group of misfits, ex-soldiers and ex-thieves – set out to find a cache of alien technology, intent on making their fortunes; but they are not the only interested party and find themselves in a deadly race against corporate agents and hunted by the authorities. Forced to combat enemies without and within, they strive to overcome the odds under the watchful eye of an unwelcome guest: Drake, agent of the bank funding their expedition, who is far more than he seems and may represent the greatest threat of all.
“Intrigue and action in this high octane collision between Firefly, the Bourne films and Indiana Jones. A two-fisted SF adventure, space opera as it should be written!”
– Gavin Smith, author of Veteran
“This novel is a good, unashamed, rip-roaring piece of space opera that hits the spot… Complications, pitfalls and setbacks abound in a novel that both pays respect to and pokes fun at the conventions of its genre.” – The Financial Times
“Whates’ colourful tale of derring-do along the space lanes is unashamedly old-fashioned, but he’s a natural story-teller and works his material with verve, obvious enjoyment, and an effortlessly breezy prose style.” – The Guardian
“Pelquin’s Comet is classic space opera at its finest, a satisfying and enjoyable novel in its own right and an intriguing introduction to a story universe I want to visit again. Thoroughly recommended.” – SFcrowsnest
“Accessible science fiction with a thought-provoking edge…. The book is well paced and keeps your interest.” – SF Book Reviews
“The universe building is deftly done and this is a tightly plotted book. Highly entertaining space opera.” – Bristol Book Log
“Whates does a good job playing out the lines of suspense while steadily revealing significant plot points, keeping things character-focused, and mixing in bits of action to propel the narrative… It’s a fast, fun read.” – Speculation
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