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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Perax Frontier by Alistair Potter is the story of a tiny asteroid, shaped just like a doughnut, that floats alone in interstellar space. It being such a small place, you wouldn’t think it needed an Imperial Ambassador, but it seems it does. You see, the center of the asteroid is hollow, home to a gateway between two universes, home of the Interface. So, why does each Ambassador only serve for a few months? And how long would you be able to live where there was no electricity, no computers, communications or anti-gravity transport? Praxton and Millaki are two townships lit up by the constant glow of the Interface, neither with any technologies based on electricity. Sheriff Perax is investigating the murder of one of the ambassadors while trying to keep some kind of order among the scientists, visitors, and everyone else who keeps the trade going across the Interface. Who murdered Ambassador Madam Lintsa Kroft and can Sheriff Perax find out before it’s too late?
Perax Frontier by Alistair Potter was something very different and unique and that makes a refreshing change, given that so much in this genre is alike. It is a book that will keep any fan of science fiction, and indeed some that may not be, hooked, unable to put it down until the end. Mr. Potter has a real command of language and that shows through in his writing style, his descriptions that bring the story to life, and his character development which gives every character in the story their own identifiable personality. Science fiction meets murder mystery in this scintillating tale of life in interstellar space, with a touch of humor added to make this one of the best books I have read in this genre. I'm looking forward to reading more from Mr. Potter.