Title: Potato Surprise (Brimstone 0)
Author: Angel Martinez
Release Date: August 27, 2015
Genre(s): Science Fiction
Page Count: 150
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.6 stars out of 5
Before Ness, before Corny, before Leopold and Heckle and Mac, there was just Shax and Verin and a newly stolen, er, acquired cargo ship. Join Shax on his first adventure in space in which a pampered demon prince has a lot to learn.
When a steel trap of celestial and infernal politics threatens to close around them, Shax and Verin flee Earth’s system in a stolen ship, leaving everything behind. It’s an elegantly simple plan, with a new ship and a new life as carefree brigands among the stars.
But the ship seems to hate them, and in order to have any sort of life they need funds. A frightened man offering them a contract to deliver three mysterious crates comes just in time, and Shax is sure their troubles are over. Out of his environment and in over his head, Shax scrambles to understand the players and the consequences of his new life. With cargo that’s not what it seems, shadowy motives around every turn, and a gorgeous rogue named Julian for a dash of added confusion, Shax’s grand schemes of a new start may be his demise before he can even begin.
This is the prequel to the rest of the Brimstone Series (1-3).
At a short story/novelette length book, this is a quick and fun read with a couple of delightful quirks and unexpected characters…is it fair to call a ship a character? Oh, I totally think so!
Now the thing with short stories is they are quick, so not a lot of character or world building. We generally get to know the motivations of the characters in brief – Shax and Verin need to vacate Earth now, there is a distinct lack of funds, and a large amount of inexperience. Since there are three established books following, I know some of the aforementioned will be fleshed out.
What I also appreciate is this is a story first and foremost and the love affair supports that story. But I expected no less of one of Angel Martinez’s books – excellent as always.Buy Link Author Link GoodReads