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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Interstellar Sex Wars and the Blind Detective is another engrossing sci-fi adventure novel by Shawn Adair Johnston. The inhabitants of Octopodia have just attained gender equality when a fertility crisis forces them to send a diplomatic mission to planet Earth. However, a planned misinformation campaign leads humans to believe that a fleet of alien spaceships is coming to invade Earth. Meanwhile, ingenious blind private investigator Peter Straw and his loyal augmented guide dog Watson are helping a child abuse victim get justice against her wealthy stepfather. After the rogue autonomous AI Playboy (now called Siddhartha) realizes the true nature of the First Awakened's plans, he seeks Watson's help to stop General Fimmel and the Integrated North American Space Force from committing to a misguided interstellar war. Can Peter and Watson come to humanity's rescue once again?
Infusing humor, heart, and plenty of action, Shawn Adair Johnston weaves an intricate space opera that sci-fi fans will devour with relish. Readers who love epic adventure stories with vibrant characters, sympathetic interpersonal relationships, and quick-witted dialogue will have a great time reading Interstellar Sex Wars and the Blind Detective. Peter and Watson's dynamic is as strong as ever, with other likable side characters playing vital roles in the story. Playboy has his chance for redemption, and I felt his polarizing traits made him the perfect anti-hero of the story. There are also some underlying themes throughout the plot regarding gender equality and real-world geopolitics. Overall, a highly entertaining story and a fine addition to the Peter Straw, Third Eye Mystery Novel series.