Review: Deep Quarry by John E. Stith

Deep Quarry by John E. Stith
Re-release Date: July 1, 2016
Publisher: ReAnimus Press
Pages: 160
Source: book provided by the author for review
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When a private eye undergoing a moral crisis uncovers a long-buried starship that’s still occupied by nasty aliens, he and woman he loves have to overcome them to survive.

Ben Takent is a private eye on a hot, dusty world at the edge of the civilized galaxy. When he’s asked to find out who is stealing artifacts from a 10,000-year-old archaeological dig in the desert, he reluctantly takes the case. Then, when it becomes clear that the artifacts are pointing to an ancient alien spacecraft, the stakes in the case go up—way up.

 

Review:   I have to admit I was worried I wouldn’t like these books because I’m not much of a sci fi reader. I agreed to read these books because they sounded intriguing when I read the blurbs and I also wanted to expand my horizons and read something new, and perhaps find a new genre I would like. I shouldn’t have worried; these books were easy to read, entertaining, and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Mr. Stith is a lover of science fiction and his work has won numerous awards. After reading his books, I can see why. He captures the reader within the first few paragraphs of his book and he won’t let them go until the end.

I loved the humor that he puts into his books, its dry and sarcastic and just plain funny.

My first review is for Deep Quarry and my initial thoughts when I was reading this was that the planet Dallad where the story took place reminded me of Luke Skywalker’s home planet from Star Wars. Dallad was hot and desert like and so was Luke’s planet as well. I wouldn’t want to live there, I have fair skin.

I really enjoyed the protagonist Ben, he was a good guy, he’s smart, and perceptive. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like him, it seems that in fiction, private detectives are usually portrayed as not nice people. Luckily for me, Ben was a good guy.

I also liked Kate. She was smart, and funny, and was the perfect counterpoint for Ben.

Any romantic endeavors within this book are glossed over as the main focus is on the sci fi element. This isn’t a complaint, as I really liked the story, I’m just reiterating the fact that this is not romance.

I loved the fact that even in a ski fi book on a planet that’s not earth; there are still archaeologists that are studying non- human people. I think that’s so cool. What’s even cooler is that someday, this might actually happen.

I know that this is a romance blog, and I know that this is not romance, but I have to say that any readers out there that liked Star Wars, or Star Trek, would like this book. Give it a chance, the reader may like it.