Monday, June 06, 2016

What is Mike Brooks reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Mike Brooks, author of Dark Run (Book #1 of the Keiko series).

His entry begins:
Back in the day, I'd pick up a book and barely do anything until it was finished. These days that doesn't tend to be the case so much, not because I read slower but because I make sure to schedule in time for my own writing, as well as other activities like band practices (which can't be put off easily just because I've just got to a super-interesting bit). So now, my reading tends to come in fits and starts.

It's not been that long since I've finished The Silver Tide by Jen Williams, the final book of her Copper Cat trilogy. It doesn't sound like a massively original concept, focusing as the series does on three somewhat mismatched characters of varying morality (who can be easily described as a warrior, a thief and a mage) who keep ending up having to save the world. It should read like a Dungeons & Dragons adventure, but the detail and background of the world makes it special, as well as the lovingly-crafted characters. Everyone feels real, even the bit-part players, and I also liked how the knight Sebastian's sexuality...[read on]
About Dark Run, from the publisher:
In this debut space epic, a crew of thieves and con artists take on a job that could pay off a lot of debts in a corrupt galaxy where life is cheap and criminals are the best people in it.

The Keiko is a ship of smugglers, soldiers of fortune, and adventurers travelling Earth’s colony planets searching for the next job. And they never talk about their past—until now.

Captain Ichabod Drift is being blackmailed. He has to deliver a special cargo to Earth, and no one can know they’re there. It’s what they call a dark run…And it may be their last.
Visit the official Mike Brooks website.

My Book, The Movie: Dark Run.

The Page 69 Test: Dark Run.

Writers Read: Mike Brooks.

--Marshal Zeringue