The interplanetary wrecking ball that swung into motion with The Galapagos Incident and gained momentum with The Vesta Conspiracy has now matured into The Mercury Rebellion!
It was a pleasure to read this book. There was no excessively florid prose, only a richly imagined story which, once the scene had been set, quickly accelerated to a blistering pace. There are space-battles, gun-battles, cyber-battles, sizzling Mercuric EVAs and no lack of horror in the midst of it all. There is plenty of humor too, as well as the consolidation of what was already a very well-developed universe.
The science and technology was an interesting medley of unusual ideas alongside sci and tech founded upon sound scientific principals, especially regarding orbital and planetary physics; the author has done his homework and this allows even his more challenging concepts to be easily swallowed down along with a swig of good ol’ hard sci-fi.
In all, I consider The Mercury Rebellion to be an excellent and entertaining third installment to the Interplanetary War Series, very capable as a stand-alone book, although I promise you that you’ll be left wanting to pick up its predecessors too.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an objective and non-reciprocal review.