Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Needle in a Haystack

Chasing Vegas by Tad Vezner

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review. 

Summary: When Ricky Vegas got out of jail, his parole officer told him to get a job and stay in Nevada. Hours later police spot Vegas entering Horizon Station - a tower of interstellar transit stretching to the stratosphere. He could only be going one direction: away.

When the search for Vegas turns into a manhunt of epic proportions, his parole officer, Geoffrey Sink, wonders why all the fuss for a simple fugitive. He stops wondering after a series of violent, bloody incidents lock the station down - and starts worrying when he realizes Vegas's flight up Horizon coincides with a rare appearance by the most recognizable people on Earth. The Originals - the first astronauts to return from deep space; the faces everyone thinks of when they stare up at the stars - arrive on Horizon to deliver their first speech since touching down in the desert five years ago.

And when Vegas gets accused of trying to kill them, Sink realizes there's more to chasing this ex-con than he ever wanted to know.

Review: An enjoyable science fiction tale of one man on the run, but suffers from a lot of confusion and lack of information.

I enjoy a good science fiction story, especially stories where mankind has reached for the solar system and beyond. I will admit that this book made me want to play Mass Effect again. The story is pretty standard: a convict being chased by his parole officer and a number of military/government type people. This story happens to have a science fiction aspect to it with a space tower and the original astronauts who went looking for other worlds.

On the whole, I enjoyed the story although I was confused a number of times. I honestly felt like this book could have been in a series (although not the first) or set in a world that would be familiar to people who have read other books set in this world. I know that there are other worlds out there and the Originals who helped discover them, but I don’t know the extent of mankind’s expansion into space or how people are even getting to these planets. What did the Originals bring back with them and what is it exactly? I’d love to read a book either set before or after the events of Chasing Vegas to find out more information.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy science fiction books or detective stories.

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