Summer’s End – Decent but not at all the best seller Amazon and other sites try to make it.

Summer’s End.
By John Van Stry.
My rating ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ out of 5 stars.

Fresh out of college with his Ship Engineer 3rd-Class certificate, Dave Walker’s only thought is to try to find a berth on a corporate ship plying the trade routes between the many habs, orbitals, and moons in the Solar System. The problem for Dave, however, isn’t his straight C average. It’s that his stepfather, a powerful Earth Senator he’s never met, wants him dead. 

Forced to take the first berth he can find, Dave ends up on the Iowa Hill, an old tramp freighter running with a minimal crew and nearing the end of its useful life, plying the routes that the corporations ignore and visiting the kinds of places that the folks on Earth pretend don’t exist. 

Between the assassins, the criminals, and the pirates he needs to deal with, Dave is discovering that there are a lot of things out there that he still needs to learn. 

But there’s one hard lesson he learned long ago that he’s being forced to remember: how to be ruthless.

Well, I have to say that I did enjoy this book. BUT it is far from the best seller book that Amazon and a few other sites seems to want it to be. I’m not sure how Amazon’s algorithms work but that #1 in <whatever category> that it had a while ago or their 5 star rating is rather misleading.

This is a decent science fiction adventure. A solid three star book but definitely not anything more than that. The story is okay, the main protagonist is good, and the book is not poorly written.

The story however, is borderline young adult. The way things play out is sometimes just too simple and unrealistic. It is kind of a young adult adventure dream. Also, although the book does not stoop all the way to urban porn there is quite a few annoying teenage sex fantasy bits in the book.

This is the kind of book I have no problem reading while watching some moderately interesting TV-show at the same time because it does not really take that much effort to read.

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