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The Predator and The Prey (Inspector Thomas Sullivan #1) (edition 2017)

by K.C. Sivils

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Everyone has a past they'd like to forget. Inspector Thomas Sullivan has a past that is about to catch up with him. Sent to the developing planet Beta Prime to clean up its corruption and crime, Sullivan is saddled with a wet behind the ears rookie detective for a partner. An already difficult job is made more so by the haunting presences of a mysterious young woman. A crazed serial killer and the theft of life saving drugs are just the start of Sullivan's troubles. Betrayal by his own police force just might finish him off. Faced with solving multiple crimes at once to save himself, who can Sullivan trust in his new home, the eternally cold Capital City? -- an ex-con cabbie -- a priest who knows too much about crime -- the owner of a neighborhood tavern and diner with a shady past -- a mysterious beauty who haunts Sullivan from his past -- his idealistic and naive young partner Desperate for redemption for mistakes in his past, can Sullivan even trust himself? The debut novel from K.C. Sivils, The Predator and The Prey is a crime thriller set in the gritty urban setting of Capital City 200 years in the future. Fans of cross genre storytelling such as Joss Wheadon's space westerns and Alex P. Berg's Urban Fantasy/Crime noir stories should enjoy the adventures of Inspector Thomas Sullivan as he seeks to deliver justice to the innocent citizens of Capital City and the planet Beta Prime. Look for The Predator and The Prey in these fiction categories: -- Science Fiction -- Science Fiction Adventure -- Science Fiction/Colonization/Mystery -- Fiction/Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Crime -- Fiction/Mystery, Thriller & Supsense/Crime Fiction/Murder -- Fiction/Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Crime Fiction/Noir -- Fiction/Mystery & Detective/Hard-boiled… (more)
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Title:The Predator and The Prey (Inspector Thomas Sullivan #1)
Authors:K.C. Sivils
Info:(2017), 277 pages
Collections:Read in 2024, E-Texts
Rating:***
Tags:SciFi, cyberpunk, Mystery - SF, cold, other planet, rogues, Read in 2024, self-published

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The Predator and The Prey (An Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller) (Volume 1) by K. C. Sivils

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Writing is good but I can't stomach mindless machoism.
  BridgitDavis | Jul 4, 2021 |
The Predator and The Prey is the story of police Inspector Thomas Sullivan’s efforts to catch a serial killer and stop the theft of living-saving medicine on a distant mining planet, Beta Prime, 200 years in the future. If you’re familiar with the fictional characters of Philip Marlow, Mike Hammer, or Sam Spade, and you put one of them in a future, outer-space setting, then you have a pretty good idea of the feel of this book.

Like the characters from the hard-boiled literary genre mentioned above, Inspector Thomas Sullivan is an antihero, more interested in justice than the letter of the law. He’s also damaged, riddled with remorse for his failures. To accommodate a character like Sullivan, Beta Prime is not a sleek, technologically advanced world – his ‘lead with your fists, rather than your badge’ attitude would not fit easily in an advanced society. Rather, Beta Prime is lawless and corrupt, again somewhat paralleling the typical setting of the hard-boiled genre – the 1920-30s prohibition era and organized crime. For me, recasting the typical hard-boiled crime story into a future, outer-space setting worked quite well.

The book, however, did have some shortcomings. First, there were some small but quite persistent tics in the author’s writing. Word repetition was particularly problematic. At one point, the author uses the word ‘evil’ five times in six, consecutive sentences. Certain themes and thoughts are also repeated unnecessarily. Some occurrences of either of these minor missteps is understandable, but the frequency of them made staying immersed in the story difficult for me.

Second, the author tended to take what should have been subtle nuances in a character’s make up and push them to the point of breaking. Sullivan’s tendency toward feeling remorse is one example. By the end of the book, he is blaming himself for just about everything that goes wrong. An initially complex character became distorted by unnecessary emphasis on one trait. The character of the serial killer took a similar route, as he seems almost supernatural by the end.

The interested reader should also note that this book contains somewhat graphic violence against children.

So, for fans longing for the days of Philip Marlow, Mike Hammer, and Sam Spade, you may be able to satisfy that urge with The Predator and The Prey, if you’re not easily distracted by minor writer’s tics and some rather heavy-handed character development. ( )
  BMPerrin | Sep 17, 2019 |
Oh my, what a story! I was drawn to the inspector from the very first and I liked his "take no bull" attitude plus he sounded a little creepy so it's a good thing he's on our side! Thomas Sullivan had seen much in his career and he knew that being "sent" to Beta Prime to clean up the corrupt officials was just a coverup. His superiors didn't like the way he took over their office and it never phased him a hoot, all he knew was that they thought he was a pasty to set him up for their crimes! This is my first introduction to the inspector and I can't wait to read the next book! ( )
  HOTCHA | Jan 14, 2018 |
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Everyone has a past they'd like to forget. Inspector Thomas Sullivan has a past that is about to catch up with him. Sent to the developing planet Beta Prime to clean up its corruption and crime, Sullivan is saddled with a wet behind the ears rookie detective for a partner. An already difficult job is made more so by the haunting presences of a mysterious young woman. A crazed serial killer and the theft of life saving drugs are just the start of Sullivan's troubles. Betrayal by his own police force just might finish him off. Faced with solving multiple crimes at once to save himself, who can Sullivan trust in his new home, the eternally cold Capital City? -- an ex-con cabbie -- a priest who knows too much about crime -- the owner of a neighborhood tavern and diner with a shady past -- a mysterious beauty who haunts Sullivan from his past -- his idealistic and naive young partner Desperate for redemption for mistakes in his past, can Sullivan even trust himself? The debut novel from K.C. Sivils, The Predator and The Prey is a crime thriller set in the gritty urban setting of Capital City 200 years in the future. Fans of cross genre storytelling such as Joss Wheadon's space westerns and Alex P. Berg's Urban Fantasy/Crime noir stories should enjoy the adventures of Inspector Thomas Sullivan as he seeks to deliver justice to the innocent citizens of Capital City and the planet Beta Prime. Look for The Predator and The Prey in these fiction categories: -- Science Fiction -- Science Fiction Adventure -- Science Fiction/Colonization/Mystery -- Fiction/Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Crime -- Fiction/Mystery, Thriller & Supsense/Crime Fiction/Murder -- Fiction/Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Crime Fiction/Noir -- Fiction/Mystery & Detective/Hard-boiled

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