Perseus Spur: The Rampart Worlds: Book 1

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A gripping sf adventure from the acclaimed author of The Pliocene Exile series.

‘I was living in pleasant anonymity under the name of Helmut Icicle, taking smartass sport-divers out on holocam trips around the reefs of Kedge-Lockaby. Fourteen thousand light years away from civilization, K-L’s a freesoil planet way out in the boondocks, and that’s the way I like it: it makes life easier if no-one asks nosy questions.
‘So one minute there I was, subbing around Brillig Reef; the next thing I know, some giant sea-toad has eaten my house and I’m caught up in a galactic conspiracy! From gently coaxing an ageing submersible around the shores of K-L to piloting a state-of-the-art Javelin starship may seem like a big jump: but when it looks as if the future course of human civilization is under threat, it’s a hell of a motivator.’
Perseus Spur delivers everything readers have come to expect from worldwide bestseller Julian May: galactic scope, high adventure, humour, and complex political intrigue in a finely worked balance.

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Julian May is noted for her two long, complex and interlinked science-fantasy sagas, the Pliocene Exile and Galactic Milieu series. Perseus Spur opens the more light-hearted Rampart Worlds sequence, full of colourful planetary descriptions and slam-bang action. This future galaxy is dominated by Earth's megacorporations who have carved up space between them. The hero, who fought corporate corruption, has been framed and discredited. But not forgotten, as shown by bizarre murder attempts: a giant alien sea-toad gobbles his house and soon he's staked out to die on a lonely comet. With help from his eccentric friends and estranged family of entrepreneurs, he sets off James Bond-style to smash an ugly galactic conspiracy of companies treacherously selling human secrets--including our DNA--to hostile aliens. Like Bond, he's repeatedly captured by the same bad guy and barely survives awful fates. Negotiating exotic, deadly jungles, he must penetrate a fortified enemy cave complex then escape before the inevitable time bomb blows everything to hell. Will he nobble the villain and get the girl? Need you ask? Fast-moving, tongue-in-cheek adventure, with sequels to come. -- David Langford

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‘Julian May has irrevocably placed herself amongst the greats of fantasy and science fiction’
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