HAL SPACEJOCK - Simon Haynes
I realise the idea of me actually exercising is going to stretch the imaginations of one or two people, but sometimes, I do attempt a little bit.
Not often and certainly none of that raising a sweat panting and puffing palaver.
If I can't read a book while I'm doing it, I'm not doing it. And HAL SPACEJOCK was a rather good book to choose. Although I'm not sure that "perfect for when you're exercising" is going to be a description that anybody's going to be drawn to...
Funny, silly, touching in places, the first book in the series is a bit of a madcap romp style of book, set in the future, where the hero's are robots, one particular human really shouldn't still be breathing, and big business villains are left right and centre. So not an unexpected plot, but there's enough of the "future" sort of stuff to make it that little bit different, without being too hard of a leap for a non-science fiction fan like me.
But then, anything, repeat ANYTHING, that can make me forget how long I've been walking up and down on the same spot is a good thing.
An incompetent space pilot, a massive debt and a twenty-four hour deadline...
Freighter pilot Hal Spacejock has a life to die for: His very own cargo ship, a witty and intelligent flight computer ... and a debt so big it makes the GFC look like a rounding error.
Hal's an upright sort of guy, and he won't take jobs from gun runners, drug smugglers or politicians. On the other hand, the finance company's brutal enforcer is on his doorstep, and Hal has barely twenty-four hours to pay him off. Miss the deadline and he - and his ship - will go under. Way, way, under.
Faced with an impossible choice, Hal chooses an impossible job ... and gains an impossible new co-pilot into the bargain.