Senile Sci-Fi Reviews: Levi Garret, Space Detective; Engines of Deception.
Author: Lady Excalibur and Levi Garret, Space Detective series
The thoughts and ramblings of an old author and his views on science fiction, past and present.
Reviewed by Richard Griffith on Sept 14, 2016
Now I don’t mean to brag, in fact I can’t brag. I’ve written eleven books now, and sold probably 50 copies combined. Not that I let that deter me. I’m writing for me, not you.
But as long as I’m out here reviewing other people’s work, I figured I might as well throw mine in as well.
Now there are good books and there are adequate books and then there are those books that make you long for the good old days of Nazi book burning. This book isn’t quite that bad.
Our story opens with Levi Garret, a six foot plus human living in a time where the average height is a good foot shorter. Is describing his life since being found, with several others, in suspended animation in a forgotten about section of the L5 space station.
Finding that he has a knack for sniffing out trouble and busting heads, he hangs up a shingle and becomes a private detective. He is then hired by a beautiful widow to find out who murdered her rich husband.
Garret does what he does best, and starts shaking trees until he angers enough people that they start coming after him. From there it becomes a game of dodging bullets, bombs and babes until he can crack the case.
Now the book does have some clichéd characters. The Mike Hammer hero, the ultra-smart (artificial intelligent) personal assistant, the cop friend and the mobster. Despite this the futuristic take, the mix and match of technology and the alternate future history of Earth, make for an interesting read.
The great advantage of writing a book that takes place so far in the future is that you can design the future any way you want to. In this case despite the passage of so many years, mankind does not seem as advanced as it should. Mostly because a combination of wars and disease basically knocked Earth back to pre-industrialized levels twice since the reader’s present day. Still, Mars is colonized as well as the moon, and one time state of the art space stations, now serve as low rent housing.
Although the storyline is interesting, it serves more to establish a character than anything else. We learn that Levi Garret is a dog who’ll sleep with anyone, he’s good in a fight, and smart enough to smell an ambush. He’s also moral enough to continue fighting for the big picture even when it’s beyond his job requirements.
All and all I like the character, flaws and all, and after four books I’m still excited to see where I can take him next.
So give it a gander, leave a review on Amazon, and send me some royalties.
Until next time, Get off my lawn!