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Star Risk Ltd. #1 de Chris Bunch
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Star Risk Ltd. #1 (edição: 2002)

de Chris Bunch (Autor)

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They're outnumbered, outgunned, and out of luck. But the mercenaries of Star Risk, Ltd. will take on any mission - no matter how dangerous - provided of course, the price is right. M'chel Riss spent eight years of her life in the Alliance Marines, earning the rank of major, only to be assigned to a desolate outpost in the middle of nowhere. Then a rescue mission brought some excitement to her otherwise quiet existence - and brought her to the attention of Star Risk, Ltd. A mercenary outfit struggling for recognition, Star Risk has the required ragtag bunch of misfits, including an alien willing to invest his life savings in the company. Now if only they can succeed with their first mission: to spring a dangerous supersoldier trapped in a maximum-security prison. Why would Star Risk, Ltd., take on such an insane mission with so many odds stacked against them? Money, fame, glory ... but mostly the money.… (mais)
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Título:Star Risk Ltd. #1
Autores:Chris Bunch (Autor)
Informação:Roc (2002), Edition: 1st Printing, 352 pages
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Bunch, Chris. Star Risk, Ltd. Star Risk No. 1. Roc, 2002.
I really liked the beginning of this tale of a band of merry mercenaries—think the A-Team on an Interstellar scale. We have a couple of ex-marines, an alien with some special skills, an aging conman with a gift of gab, and a woman who so excelled at her job as a data analyst and looked so perfect that her previous employer fired her because they thought she might be a robot. That is an issue that is never resolved. I could not help but be reminded of Jeri Ryan as Star Trek Voyager’s Seven of Nine. The banter as the team gets to know one another is lively and funny. Then, sadly, the plot starts, and the novel quickly devolves into a standard military caper story. I will give the rest of the series a pass. ( )
  Tom-e | Jun 19, 2020 |
This book feels like an attempt to create something similar to A-Team in space. I say similar since A-Team it is not. Yes, it is a bunch of scoundrels taking on assignments against bad guys which they get through with a good deal of improvisation not to mention violence. However, this team is not really doing it to help the ones in need. They are in it for the money and they are not exactly on the run hiding from a crime they are unjustly accused of.

Having said that, it is a decent enough attempt though. The book was an enjoyable read but again, A-Team it is not. A-Team had a certain amount of humor in it and this one falls rather flat in that area. Not that it is devoid of any humor but is certainly not one of the books strong points. It is still a fairly nice book to read.

The book describes the creation of Star Risk Ltd. and the team as well as their first mission. There is a fair amount of action, quite a lot actually and in general the book is okay written. It feels like it never really took off though. The author never manages to create any real wow-this-is-good feeling which really makes you care about the characters.

It is the first in the series though so I will probably have a go at the next one as well to see how it goes. Oh, and one more thing, the cover for my Kindle version, and I would assume the printed ones as well, states that this is “military science fiction”. That is just so much BS. Some of the main characters may be former military but this is NOT military science fiction as far as I am concerned!
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  perjonsson | Jun 10, 2019 |
I first found Chris Bunch when I stumbled across his Last Legion series, of which I’ve now read the first two and of which I’ve enjoyed immensely. So I had no qualms about picking this book up. And I’ve got to say, I pretty much enjoyed it too. Except for … the ending, which was strangely unsatisfying. Perhaps that’s to set up a sequel, since this is evidently intended to be the first in a new series, but it doesn’t sit too well with me when the mystery of the book and the action in the book isn’t at least partially explained by the end of the book. Very few writers can get away with that and still be read. David Weber comes to mind. No one else. You have to be a special writer to accomplish that. I’m not convinced Chris Bunch is that type of writer.

Whatever the case, Bunch is pretty good with action and with military sci fi. Nowhere as close as Weber, but then no one else is either, so he’s a good option. The plot revolves around a new team of mercenaries looking for work. The beautiful ex-Marine M'Chel Riss is hired from a disappointing series of infrequent jobs by another older ex-Marine, Frederich von Baldur, to form Star Risk, Ltd. They have no money and must figure out how to generate some soon. Ironically, they are soon joined by even more beautiful and smart Jasmine King, ex-intelligence officer from a large competing mercenary company. Her friend and colleague and gigantic alien, Grok, joins them as a wealthy investor (influx of capital, thank God!) and electronics expert.

Jasmine finds their first potential client, a mining company that's been hit hard by pirates, and they devise a fairly complicated plan to get the contract over the competition by working their way into the favor of a company executive by springing the man’s brother, former special ops and cybernetically enhanced thief, Chas Goodnight, from death row. They accomplish this with minimum effort, convince Chas to join their team, take him to his brother, and win the contract. Then the action really begins! The pirates are well armed, well funded, are vicious killers, don’t seem to actually want to steal from the miners – just to kill them, and no one knows where they come from, and they come in serious numbers. Star Risk, Ltd hires men to pilot a series of small fighter space ships they get to patrol the sector they’re trying to secure and the fight is on. And it gets personal.

The ending is partially surprising, but I suppose not all that surprising. When I thought about it for a second, I did see it coming early on. I just had to think about it. There really weren’t too many other options. Bunch wrote a lot of snappy lines of dialogue for his characters, perhaps too much at times, and he tried a bit too hard to go for romance angles, but thank God, he didn’t go overboard on that, so that was good. He does in The Last Legion. I liked the book enough to look for the second one in the series and look forward to reading it. It could turn out to be a good series, although I’m not convinced it’s better than The Last Legion. Still, it’s enjoyable and pretty action packed. And it’s a quick read, which is nice. I just plodded through a John Ringo book, which I actually didn’t finish, it was so slow, dying on me halfway through. I simply lost interest with all of the hard science info dumps. I can only take so much of that. You don’t have to prove you have four degrees in physics to be a decent sci fi writer for me to like your work, dammit!

So, pretty decent book. A good start to what will hopefully be a good series. I like Bunch. He’s no Weber, but no one is and he’ll do when I need decent military sci fi. Definitely. Four stars because the ending brings it down due to an unsatisfying conclusion. Nonetheless, recommended. ( )
  scottcholstad | Dec 6, 2015 |
Take a motley band of mercenaries with deadly skills sets, no compunctions about lying, and no better plan than to team up and see what sort of cash their skills might command and set them loose on the galaxy... The plot might be a bit thin and the character development sketchy, but the result is strangely addictive. ( )
  SunnySD | Aug 16, 2012 |
Brain-candy. Military details are correct, but the overall politics and hoo-ha are TV fodder. ( )
  booklog | May 21, 2009 |
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They're outnumbered, outgunned, and out of luck. But the mercenaries of Star Risk, Ltd. will take on any mission - no matter how dangerous - provided of course, the price is right. M'chel Riss spent eight years of her life in the Alliance Marines, earning the rank of major, only to be assigned to a desolate outpost in the middle of nowhere. Then a rescue mission brought some excitement to her otherwise quiet existence - and brought her to the attention of Star Risk, Ltd. A mercenary outfit struggling for recognition, Star Risk has the required ragtag bunch of misfits, including an alien willing to invest his life savings in the company. Now if only they can succeed with their first mission: to spring a dangerous supersoldier trapped in a maximum-security prison. Why would Star Risk, Ltd., take on such an insane mission with so many odds stacked against them? Money, fame, glory ... but mostly the money.

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