The Vastalimi Gambit (Cutter’s Wars #2)

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Title: The Vastalimi Gambit

Series: Cutter’s Wars #2

Author: Steve Perry

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SF

Pages: 304

 

Synopsis:

Doc and Kay the Vastalimi, have returned to her home world to investigate a new plague that seems to be randomly killing various Vastalimi.

The rest of Cutter’s Crew puts out a little brushfire of a situation and then heads to Vastalimi to help out Doc and Kay.

And the incorruptible Vastalimi police force is involved *eye roll*

 

My Thoughts:

After my initial rapture with the first book, I was all set to love this as well. However, either Perry’s writing dropped a lot OR I used my brains and not my gun loving to read this one.

Sadly, this was just plain mediocre. Cutter’s whole crew should have been involved from the get go, not 3/4 of the way through. There was a LOT of profanity [which I don’t remember from the first book, but it might have been there] and I dropped a full star for interspecies sex [albeit non-graphic].

There was lots of skulking, posturing and the occasional chase/fight/shootout/whatever, but it seemed very blase to me. I’m not sure why but this book just didn’t click with me like the first book did. If a 3rd book ever gets written I’ll probably read it but I won’t be waiting for it, counting the days, etc, etc.

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The Ramal Extraction (Cutter’s Wars #1)

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Title: The Ramal Extraction

Series: Cutter’s Wars #1

Author: Steve Perry

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SF

Pages: 262

 

Synopsis:

Cutter, leader of a group of mercenaries, hires out to find a kidnapped daughter of a powerful leader on an out of the way world.

Cutter and Co must navigate local politics, galactic military law and a hidden enemy’s agenda.

And nothing is at it seems.

 

My Thoughts:

I really, really, really enjoyed this book. I am not a huge fan of military SF most of the time, mainly because the authors get all A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.’y and totally gun porn’d and both of those things annoy the bejabs out of me. Perry does a little, just enough to make it feel Military, but not so much as to annoy me.

The plot was fast, furious, twisty [well, it was meant to be twisty but I think we all see the reality a klick away] and just the right amount of character and adventure.

Characters got me confused as to who was who, except for the alien. But considering that the military terms for people ALWAYS confuses me, no matter the book or series, I simply gloss over the names and enjoy them doing things. Background was given to the main characters in story form, as they each recall the first time they killed someone.

Plot was simple Rescue Kidnapped Princess while being Screwed by Somebody. Once you realize that things aren’t on the up and up, it is pretty easy to see who the mastermind is, even if you’re not sure why. And he gets his in the end.

Honestly, I’m not sure this deserves 4.5stars, but I enjoyed it enough that this time around it gets that from me. When I re-read this in a couple of years [5 to 10 in all probability] we’ll see if the like’ability was just my initial impression or something longer lasting.