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Madsen Pirie

Adam Smith Institutre head honcho and think tank guru Madsen Pirie is trying his hand at science fiction with this one. It has a bit of a Babylon 5/Firefly/Serenity feel to it one finds. The storyline is a mysterious stranger shows up in a mysterious craft, predicts bad things to come and sure enough bad things happen. The characters in this tale are quite well thought-out and rather interesting.

Its a novella so the book never has time to drag which is very much a welcome thing these days. Its possible to read this book in one sitting and I would probably predict you want to do it that way to see what happens next.

There are all the right elements on play here including greed, redemption, curiosity and danger. While I will admit to liking Madsen’s other novella a bit better than this one, this is quite good for a first novel. In fact, I would recommend you buy both books together.

Decent sci-fi can sometimes be hard to find these days. Here you have a nice tight, fast paced tale with all the right bits in it. And there is nothng wrong with that now is there?

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