Space Bastard

Voyage of the Space Bastard
by Andrew Lawston (2017)

A Military Science Fiction Novelette from Pew! Pew! – Bad versus Worse.

Here is an example of a story that gets things half right. The action scenes work well and the dialog is suitably snarky, tough and occasionally witty. Trouble is, the other things; characters and story just don’t work. It starts well with a prelude setting the scene, but I just couldn’t work out the motivations for the characters. They were rouges, but why did they take on the quest.

The author can write clear prose, but maybe other stories work better.