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The Icarus Hunt by Timothy Zahn

The Icarus Hunt (edition 2000)

by Timothy Zahn

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The space blockade runner, Jordan McKell, is hired by an industrialist to deliver a superfast star drive to Earth. His ship is spotted by aliens who are maintaining the blockade and the chase is on.
Title:The Icarus Hunt
Authors:Timothy Zahn
Info:Spectra (2000), Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
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Mystery, mayhem, and mankind-hunts combined in vintage Zahn style. The picaresque anti-hero is not what he seems, but then neither is anyone else.

The milieu is standard space-opera, with hyperspace travel to simulate what would have been international distances in the pre-space-empire age, but Zahn keeps the names and extraneous info to the minimum needed for the story, which I like (the writers who pile up trivia for "atmosphere" just make everything more confusing.)
The characters are well-cast and not cardboard; although there is some inevitable stereotyping / archeyping, it isn't overpowering.
Other than a few very minor plot holes, the writing is tight and disciplined, humorous, and the story well structured. ( )
  librisissimo | Nov 11, 2018 |
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  librisissimo | Nov 11, 2018 |
Fun space run! This sci-fi mystery was a good time. Great characters, cool premise, and I loved the continuous plot twists up to the end! It's fantastic when when books like these manage to tie up the plot lines in a neat little package. Very satisfying read. ( )
  trile1000 | Jul 27, 2018 |
Zahn is a great Sci Fi writer! ( )
  jwilker | May 23, 2018 |
2014 re-read. Still a very enjoyable story. Recommended for any fan of space operas... ( )
  ConalO | Apr 23, 2018 |
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