The Icarus Plot
Timothy Zahn is a mainstay in the field of science fiction, putting out new novels at a prodigious and steady clip, oftentimes in the Star Wars/em> universe and other times original works. This book falls into the latter category. This book will not be a barn burner or one that might stick with you for a long time, but it is a fun read with a fast moving plot that keeps the action going right through to the end, even if the ending is a little bit predictable.
Greogry Roarke leads a ragtag group taking jobs in exploring worlds as potential colonization locations, even if it is slightly dangerous and does not pay much. But a job comes along that promises to be a big payday and provide enough funds for the crew to do something else other than scrounge for money when the Icarus project returns six years after it disappeared. The Icarus project is something everyone is after and serves as the McGuffin of the work, as people often talk about it but is not seen very much itself. Overall, a fast-paced, quick, and enjoyable read.
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