How Dark the World Becomes

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9781476736266 Nonstop action-adventure SF from legendary game creator Frank Chadwick.  With one single act of kindness, a tough-as-nails hood with a heart of gold saves two alien children from assassination—and resets the balance of galactic power in the process.

Sasha Naradnyo is a gangster.  He’s a gangster with heart, sure, but Sasha sticks his neck out for no man.  That’s how you stay alive in Crack City, a colony stuffed deep into the crust of the otherwise unlivable planet Peezgtaan.  Alive only—because if you’re human, you don’t prosper, at least not for long.  Sasha is a second generation City native. His parents came to this rock figuring to make it big, only to find that they’d been recruited as an indentured labor force for alien overlords known as the Varoki.

Now a pair of rich young Varoki under the care of a beautiful human nanny are fleeing Peezgtaan, and Sasha is recruited to help.  All things considered, he’d rather leave the little alien lordlings to their fate, but certain considerations—such as Sasha’s own imminent demise if he remains—make it beneficial for him to take on the job.

But Sasha discovers his simple choice has thrust him into the midst of a political battle that could remake the galactic balance of power and save humanity from slow death by servitude.  Now all he has to do is survive and keep his charges alive on a hostile planet undergoing its own revolution.

But it’s the galaxy that had better watch out.  For now the toughest thug in Crack City has gotten his first taste of real freedom. He likes it, and wants more.

The stunning debut of a nonstop science fiction noir thriller from legendary game creator Frank Chadwick.

About How Dark the World Becomes:

How Dark the World Becomes is a crackling debut novel that speaks of great things to come! It's whip-smart, lightning-fast and character-driven—in short it has everything required to be totally satisfying. Highly recommended." –Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of Assassin’s Code

“. . . [a] far off, hard scrabble intergalactic underworld . . . fast-paced intergalactic adventure full of far-flung alien intrigue.”— Astroguyz

 " . . . thrilling space adventure . . . I was reminded of Jack McDevitt's Alex Benedict novels and Mark L Van Name's Jon & Lobo adventures."— SFCrowsnest
 

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Publisher
Baen
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
448
Author
Frank Chadwick
ISBN-13
9781476736266
Publication Date
January, 2014
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
6.75 x 4.19 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10
147673626X

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It is not exactly deep...

It is not exactly deep world building. It switches genres twice. Starts out as 40's noir, segues to a Weberesque military procedural and then finishes up as a pair of dungeon crawls. The characters are straight out of classic Hollywood central casting and the ending is pure Hollywood. Doesn't matter. It works. Its a fun romp with just enough curve balls to keep you glued to the pages. I also like how the author does not feel the need to fully explain things that are way above the POV character's paygrade. Worth buying. Worth reading. Worth rereading.

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