Dark Run

eBook Dark Run of stars at The BiblioSanctum Run by Mike Brooks is a sci fi adv

eBook Dark Run 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2016/06/16/...Dark Run by Mike Brooks is a sci-fi adventure novel that first made its debut in the UK in the summer of 2015 to some pretty good reviews, and I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed that the book and its sequel Dark Sky were both made available in the US in audio format last month. I ended up deciding to give it a shot because a) I’ve never met a swashbuckling space romp audiobook I didn’t like, and b) the book stole my attention the moment I saw many a reviewer compare it to Firefly.After finishing the book myself, I have to say the comparisons are somewhat accurate. Dark Run follows the exploits of the crew of the Keiko, led by its daring captain Ichabod Drift. One day, an old friend comes a-knocking and Drift is unexpectedly presented with a mission he cannot refuse—literally. On pain of death, he is forced to pick up a mysterious cargo and deliver it to a location on old Earth at a very specific time and date. The whole smuggling run smells fishy, but what choice does Drift have? In order to protect his friends from his past, he’ll also have to keep his employer’s identity a secret. Of course, that doesn’t sit right with the crew of the Keiko at all, though with the amount of money they’re being paid, Drift knows they’ll happily let it go…for now.The calm doesn’t last. As the Keiko makes its approach towards their drop-off point on Earth, their carefully laid out plans suddenly go awry, and the crew find themselves in a serious dilemma. Not only does Drift have to come clean about their mission, he may have just put them all in grave danger. Tensions spark as old histories come to the surface, but can the crew of the Keiko get past them in order to exact vengeance on a new ruthless enemy?Admittedly, both the plot and characters of Dark Run feel rather formulaic, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. After all, certain formulas are successful for a reason, and this book falls squarely in the “Space Western” sub-category of science fiction, borrowing heavily from its themes and tropes. You have your pirates and smugglers and slicers, gun-slinging action and daring space maneuvers. Most of the story also takes place in gritty, lawless settings like information broker dens, seedy bars, mercenary markets, and even underground fight clubs.However, the characters are the main draw. Despite being your typical heist team archetypes, they were also interesting and fun. Ichabod Drift is the captain, an enigmatic man with a devil-may-care attitude who nevertheless runs a tight ship. He’s trying to escape a dark personal history, but then so are most of his crew on the Keiko. They even have a rule on board: No talking about your past.That suits their newest slicer just fine, a young woman named Jenna who was recruited for her incredible tech skills and talent for being able to break into any system. After Drift, she had the most POV sections. Next is Tamara Rourke, an experienced spacer who guards her past more fiercely than anyone else on board, including their captain. Where Rourke came from is a mystery, but having worked together on many jobs after all these years, Drift trusts her implicitly. She is also highly intelligent, frequently overseeing the details behind all their operations. If Rourke is the brains, then Apirana is the muscle, a big Maori man with a soft heart who lives in constant fear that one day his intense and terrible temper will take him over and make him do something he’ll regret. Next up are the siblings Jia and Kuai; one is an ace pilot while the other is a master mechanic. Finally, we have our weapons expert, a mercenary named Micah who loves all things that go boom.This feels like the sort of ensemble cast I’ve seen many times before, but thankfully their individual quirks also make them very endearing. Each person brings something unique to the story, which is fast-paced and full of excitement. Still, I think I preferred the first half of the book a lot more than the second, because whereas the beginning held all the mystery and tension, the later parts held more of the talking, planning, and avenging. The entire story is solid, but personally I’ve always felt an inclination towards the parts with more anticipation rather than the actual action.In terms of audiobook comments, I can find no cause to complain about anything in its production or the narrator. In fact, I was very impressed with the reading by Damien Lynch. Due to the diverse background of the crew, Lynch had to narrate with an accent through pretty much the entire book, constantly switching to the appropriate one depending on which character was speaking. He is very good with voices, and even with such a large cast there was never a problem with identifying who was speaking. I enjoyed his narration so much that I’ll likely to stick with the audiobook format for the sequel.Speaking of which, I am very interested in the future adventures of the crew of the Keiko. I’d love to revisit these character again and learn more about their backgrounds. All told, Dark Run was an entertaining and fast read, filled with fun sci-fi action. . Dark Run are Book In this debut space epic, a crew of thieves and con artists take on a job that could pay off a lot of debts in a corrupt galaxy where life is cheap and criminals are the best people in it.The Keiko is a ship of smugglers, soldiers of fortune, and adventurers travelling Earth s colony planets searching for the next job And they never talk about their past until now.CaptainIn this debut space epic, a crew of thieves and con artists take on a job that could pay off a lot of debts in a corrupt galaxy where life is cheap and criminals are the best people in it.The Keiko is a ship of smugglers, soldiers of fortune, and adventurers travelling Earth s colony planets searching for the next job And they never talk about their past until now.Captain Ichabod Drift is being blackmailed He has to deliver a special cargo to Earth, and no one can know they re there It s what they call a dark run And it may be their last.. Mike Brooks was born in Ipswich, Suffolk and moved to Nottingham when he was 18 to go to university He s stayed there ever since, and now lives with his wife, two cats, two snakes and a collection of tropical fish When not working for a homelessness charity he plays guitar and sings in a punk band, watches football soccer , MMA and nature science documentaries, goes walking in the Peak District or other areas of splendid scenery, and DJs wherever anyone will tolerate him.And, y know, writes.. Popular Books Dark Run 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2016/06/16/...Dark Run by Mike Brooks is a sci-fi adventure novel that first made its debut in the UK in the summer of 2015 to some pretty good reviews, and I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed that the book and its sequel Dark Sky were both made available in the US in audio format last month. I ended up deciding to give it a shot because a) I’ve never met a swashbuckling space romp audiobook I didn’t like, and b) the book stole my attention the moment I saw many a reviewer compare it to Firefly.After finishing the book myself, I have to say the comparisons are somewhat accurate. Dark Run follows the exploits of the crew of the Keiko, led by its daring captain Ichabod Drift. One day, an old friend comes a-knocking and Drift is unexpectedly presented with a mission he cannot refuse—literally. On pain of death, he is forced to pick up a mysterious cargo and deliver it to a location on old Earth at a very specific time and date. The whole smuggling run smells fishy, but what choice does Drift have? In order to protect his friends from his past, he’ll also have to keep his employer’s identity a secret. Of course, that doesn’t sit right with the crew of the Keiko at all, though with the amount of money they’re being paid, Drift knows they’ll happily let it go…for now.The calm doesn’t last. As the Keiko makes its approach towards their drop-off point on Earth, their carefully laid out plans suddenly go awry, and the crew find themselves in a serious dilemma. Not only does Drift have to come clean about their mission, he may have just put them all in grave danger. Tensions spark as old histories come to the surface, but can the crew of the Keiko get past them in order to exact vengeance on a new ruthless enemy?Admittedly, both the plot and characters of Dark Run feel rather formulaic, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. After all, certain formulas are successful for a reason, and this book falls squarely in the “Space Western” sub-category of science fiction, borrowing heavily from its themes and tropes. You have your pirates and smugglers and slicers, gun-slinging action and daring space maneuvers. Most of the story also takes place in gritty, lawless settings like information broker dens, seedy bars, mercenary markets, and even underground fight clubs.However, the characters are the main draw. Despite being your typical heist team archetypes, they were also interesting and fun. Ichabod Drift is the captain, an enigmatic man with a devil-may-care attitude who nevertheless runs a tight ship. He’s trying to escape a dark personal history, but then so are most of his crew on the Keiko. They even have a rule on board: No talking about your past.That suits their newest slicer just fine, a young woman named Jenna who was recruited for her incredible tech skills and talent for being able to break into any system. After Drift, she had the most POV sections. Next is Tamara Rourke, an experienced spacer who guards her past more fiercely than anyone else on board, including their captain. Where Rourke came from is a mystery, but having worked together on many jobs after all these years, Drift trusts her implicitly. She is also highly intelligent, frequently overseeing the details behind all their operations. If Rourke is the brains, then Apirana is the muscle, a big Maori man with a soft heart who lives in constant fear that one day his intense and terrible temper will take him over and make him do something he’ll regret. Next up are the siblings Jia and Kuai; one is an ace pilot while the other is a master mechanic. Finally, we have our weapons expert, a mercenary named Micah who loves all things that go boom.This feels like the sort of ensemble cast I’ve seen many times before, but thankfully their individual quirks also make them very endearing. Each person brings something unique to the story, which is fast-paced and full of excitement. Still, I think I preferred the first half of the book a lot more than the second, because whereas the beginning held all the mystery and tension, the later parts held more of the talking, planning, and avenging. The entire story is solid, but personally I’ve always felt an inclination towards the parts with more anticipation rather than the actual action.In terms of audiobook comments, I can find no cause to complain about anything in its production or the narrator. In fact, I was very impressed with the reading by Damien Lynch. Due to the diverse background of the crew, Lynch had to narrate with an accent through pretty much the entire book, constantly switching to the appropriate one depending on which character was speaking. He is very good with voices, and even with such a large cast there was never a problem with identifying who was speaking. I enjoyed his narration so much that I’ll likely to stick with the audiobook format for the sequel.Speaking of which, I am very interested in the future adventures of the crew of the Keiko. I’d love to revisit these character again and learn more about their backgrounds. All told, Dark Run was an entertaining and fast read, filled with fun sci-fi action.

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  1. Mike Brooks was born in Ipswich, Suffolk and moved to Nottingham when he was 18 to go to university He s stayed there ever since, and now lives with his wife, two cats, two snakes and a collection of tropical fish When not working for a homelessness charity he plays guitar and sings in a punk band, watches football soccer , MMA and nature science documentaries, goes walking in the Peak District or other areas of splendid scenery, and DJs wherever anyone will tolerate him.And, y know, writes.

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  1. 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2016 06 16 Dark Run by Mike Brooks is a sci fi adventure novel that first made its debut in the UK in the summer of 2015 to some pretty good reviews, and I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed that the book and its sequel Dark Sky were both made available in the US in audio format last month I ended up deciding to give it a shot because a I ve never met a swashbuckling space romp audiobook I didn t like, and b the book stole my attention the m [...]


  2. 16 9 I just can t get this review started I ve had a number of pages marked for discussion for day snow, but every time I find the time to get started writing I suddenly decide I need to do something else on or off the internet and I never end up getting to the review I figured I d give writing by hand in my journal a go and just pen to paper and see where I end up So far I ve got a lot mistakes no delete button and my hand writing is barely legible even to me , but that s not what I need I nee [...]


  3. Dark Run is a predictable, low engagement outer space western There is a discernible difference between being derivative and being completely allergic to originality, and this book is a sterling example of the latter.The story moves along at a brisk enough pace, and Brooks is a proficient and capable writer All things considered, Dark Run is not terrible But the fundamental problem, one that kept my ability to enjoy it in check, is the novel s protagonist Ichabod Drift is meant to be a likeable [...]



  4. Copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review Dark Run is a feisty space opera, with a layer of grit overlaying a much larger sense of charm It s set in what feels like a not intolerably distant future, after the discovery of faster than light drive has sent humankind on a diaspora to the stars As a result, we re shown a rather large variety of different locations in the universe There s half terraformed worlds, where air is rationed, and everyone lives under a dome, or under several thick feet o [...]


  5. Audiobook I am not going to rate this book as I only listened to 90 minutes of it I do have some thoughts thoughNo one has recommended this book to me If you rate any well reviewed Science Fiction book of 2016, chances are will recommend Dark Run I knew nothing about it except that it keeps turning up on this site as something published this year I should read.The writing was just OK I kind of shook my head at the line that someone was wobbling like a shivering epileptic That is the bad combinat [...]


  6. very satisfying space opera Fast moving and clearly written There was no guessing what was going on No aliens here just humans who have expanded into space Written in third person from 3 or so different members of the crew of the Keiko a merchant ship which operates a bit on the shady side The crew is made of diverse people each with a different skill set and no questions asked Super fun and looks like the first of a series.


  7. Read on the WondrousBooks blog.My issue with this book there was nothing there Not a thing I have read quite a few books in my life and this one qualifies in top 10 books that couldn t grab my attention in ANY way Usually if I don t like a book, at least I can pinpoint what I didn t like about it The same can t be said about Dark Run In a couple of months I m probably going to forget this book exists I know it s a harsh thing to say, but I really don t see why this book was written.I couldn t ca [...]


  8. Of all the ways I could choose to die, being blown into hard vacuum by an explosive device was a long way from the top of the list.Mike Brooks debut novel, Dark Run, is an unabashedly fun space Western This book moves fast It is a quick page turner about a lovable crew of misfits aboard a spaceship Their relationships their pasts their misadventures Most of the crew is looking for a second chance They are inherently good people that have gotten into bad situations previously Working on the Keiko [...]


  9. It s fairly rare when I bother to do written reviews of books I like them or don t like them to varying degrees and don t feel like it s important to tell people why I like them That and I don t much like having to analyze a book I read for enjoyment because it wrecks it for me sometimes This book, I wanted to do at least a little something for I don t think it s had enough praise personally.There are a lot of people that compare this to Firefly It does have some of the things I valued most abou [...]


  10. I received a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review This was a nicely paced and fun read, in the vein of space cowboys pirates smugglers branch of sci fi More plot and ambiance than character driven, but what I wanted to read when I requested this book was a romp in space with action, blazing guns, spaceships, fishy cargoes, crazy pilots and mercenaries and this is exactly what I got.The crew members of the Keiko find themselves embroiled into a mission for someone they don t k [...]


  11. Dark Run is a fun, very Firefly ish sort of story in that, I mean both the setting the world situation, the character lineup, the tone and the actual storyline are quite like Firefly There are a couple of lines which seem like homages, like the pilot saying I am a leaf on the wind but since that doesn t lead to disaster in quite the same way as it does in Serenity, it kind of ruins the moment Like, I read the line and braced myself, and then it was just a throwaway comment Hm It s things like th [...]


  12. This is another book that will get comparisons to Firefly, two of the quotes on the back of the book even mention it But unlike The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet LWSAP , a book that gets the Firefly comparison itself, Dark Run succeeds in its plot excitement but lacks depth anywhere else.In LWSAP, the ship s crewmembers are genuinely likable, unique and are given meaningful character development The characters in Dark Run can rarely be described that way There s the rogue captain, the hotsho [...]


  13. Dark Run reads like a phenomenal episode of Firefly, and I love me some Firefly I love the characters and can t wait to read How long until the next book


  14. Old fashioned space opera of mismatched crew of dubious backgrounds doing various gray hat deeds, from bounty hunting to smuggling About half the story is a revenge shoot em up to get back at the guy who done them wrong None of the crew are especially engaging, especially their low life leader The interstellar universe is familiar Decent enough action popcorn story for gunfights and space ship chases if you just want some quick fun.


  15. Eh.That one word sums this book pretty well How were the characters Eh How was the story Eh How was the universe Eh No one aspect of the book egregiously bad but the whole thing adds up to be incredibly bland.The only thing I can even find to highlight is the fact that the whole thing reads like a first draft If there was an editor they did not do a very good job on this one There are way too many characters Alex Cruz does literally nothing in the story Ditto Nana Bastard Micah von Dutchman exis [...]


  16. Ichabod Drift a remarkable name for a main character.He is the captain of space ship with a faster than lightpower unit.Ichabod gathered an interesting crew Each member has secrets and it is a strict rule on board that none is forced to talk about his her past.My favorite character is Jenna who is a really talented hacker.The story starts with a bang and delivers action, character insight and unexpected turns The first job ends quite soon and there is a short period where from my point of view l [...]


  17. I am a bit torn with this book, It has everything I like, action, backstory, world building, good characters, interesting concept and decent dialogue, the problem is s nothing new While I enjoyed the read, it was a overwhelming sense of the deja vu, bits and pieces felt like things I had seen here and there Now your opinion may vary, because my tastes run wideI tend to see alot of stuff.That being said, it is a well written entry into what will probably be a fun series, 3 stars if you are huntin [...]


  18. This is a book about a bunch of rogues with mysterious pasts who fly around in a spaceship and are cajoled into doing a risky smuggling job because someone from his past catches up with their captain Maybe later on in the book there is a sudden burst of characterisation or a move away from tired formulaic cliche but there was certainly nothing like that by the time I gave up reading.


  19. read a few pages and there was nothing to grab me maybe when if in the mood for this kind of story i will give it another try though I still have books 3 4 from the Ketty Jay to go to if I want this type of story



  20. I pulled this book from my shelf, in search of a fun time romping around the stars It mainly delivers, but can t seem to find its footing at times The beginning is fun, the middle drags and the end is action and fun One of the blurbs on the back likens _Dark Run_ to Firefly Serenity That seems to be the intent of the author, to have a ship of misfits, each with their own histories, somehow all working towards a common goal The captain is sort of interesting Jenna and Big A are the most interesti [...]


  21. Overall I thought this was pretty good a bit formulaic but good I ve seen it compared to Firefly and to that I say bunk not only because it is nothing like Firefly but those types of comparisons are only destined to fail Firefly is its amazing self not only because of the story but also because of the actors and the production design, so those reviewers who try to suck us in using that as a comparison less both Firefly and the book being compared Note I started this book via the Audible version [...]


  22. I ve been sitting on this one for a while but it s a 3 star read Disliked the main character, especially loved the chapters he wasn t in I might pick up the future books one day, but it s hard reading a book where you re just not rooting for the MC The rest of his crew had promise though All much interesting.


  23. 3.5 Deeply unoriginal but a quick, enjoyable gloss on the Firefly type motley crew with mysterious past story Pet peeve another story with mass colonization, FTL technology, hundreds of years in the future, and yet almost all other technology is the same This is not a book for people who care about rigorous world building


  24. This was fun even though it didn t have the humor I expected from something compared to Firefly though I can see why it could be considered to be similar Regardless, it was a very good read and I ll be continuing the series.


  25. Just a really fun adventure with a diverse cast of characters making their living just on the other side of the law who find themselves caught in the middle of a whole lot of trouble.



  26. Dark Run is a book that waves its space Western credentials proudly from the first page It s a fast moving tale of a maverick captain and his assorted crew across space With characters named Ichabod Drift, Gideon Xanth, Annie Eclectic and Nana Bastard, you pretty much know from the outset what this plot is going to be like.To be fair, it doesn t disappoint With its fast moving action, wise cracking dialogue and wry humour, this maverick bunch of characters are as much fun as the ones I read in C [...]



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