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About Shockwave by Lindsay Buroker

What if being a hero was encoded in your genes? And nobody told you?

Casmir Dabrowski would laugh if someone asked him that. After all, he had to build a robot to protect himself from bullies when he was in school.

Fortunately, life is a little better these days. He’s an accomplished robotics engineer, a respected professor, and he almost never gets picked on in the lunchroom. But he’s positive heroics are for other people.

Until robot assassins stride onto campus and try to kill him.

Forced to flee the work he loves and the only home he’s ever known, Casmir catches the first ship into space, where he hopes to buy time to figure out who wants him dead and why. If he can’t, he’ll never be able to return home.

But he soon finds himself entangled with bounty hunters, mercenaries, and pirates, including the most feared criminal in the Star Kingdom: Captain Tenebris Rache.

Rache could snap his spine with one cybernetically enhanced finger, but he may be the only person with the answer Casmir desperately needs:

What in his genes is worth killing for?

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Review of Shockwave

A heroine (Captain Bonita) well past her youth, a brainy hero (Casmir Dabrowski) and a cleaning-obsessed AI ship (Viggo). What more could I ask for in a science fiction novel?

Bonita is jaded, but ever hopeful, taking on the modified young woman, Qin, who becomes the brawn of the crew. Bonita, otherwise known as Laser, has left her bounty hunting days behind and become a smuggler, a much tamer occupation. Well, that’s the theory. Things are not going to go that smoothly. Don’t you love it when a plan doesn’t come together?

Viggo, once human, is now a couple of centuries old and is always ready to offer advice, smart alecky comments, status checks and cleaning robots. In my book, AIs with humor always enhance a story.

Casmir, genius robot builder, myopic and seizure-prone and maybe a bit naïve. He uses humor in all situations, often as a defense, stall tactic, or to lighten a tense situation. He is pretty witty. His friend Kim, also a witty genius, gets accidentally pulled into the action when assassins go after Casmir. Why the assassins? Nobody knows, not even the knight, sent by his mysterious mother, to warn him.

Pirate/mercenary Captain Tenebris Rache is a main character also, along with his shanghaied doctor Yas. Rache is a mystery too.

Mysterious cargo, mysterious reason for an attempted assassination, mysterious pirates, mysterious mother. Lots of fodder for a 5-books series. This is just book 1!

I will mention that this book does end on a bit of a cliffhanger. For those that don’t like cliffhangers (like me) I think it is good to know that before you start a book. However, I am familiar enough with Ms. Buroker’s books to know that if the book is the first in a 5-book series, you must keep reading if you want to finish the story. Since I knew that going into this book, I am okay with the ending. And I do intend to continue with the series (refer to my first paragraph)!

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