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Reviewed by Scott Cahan for Readers' Favorite
Combining Star Wars type action with TV sitcom humor can’t be easy. But, somehow Paul Regnier does it and he makes it look easy. The Iron Gauntlet is the second installment in his very original series called Space Drifters. The genre of both books is something like "humorous space opera." In The Iron Gauntlet, the action gets cranked up a few notches to good effect. The story centers around an intergalactic reality show called The Iron Gauntlet. Our hero, Captain Glint Starcrost, has been mysteriously selected to be one of the contestants on the show. The stakes are high as Starcrost finds himself involved in to-the-death battles with space creatures and fellow contestants. Along the way, his faithful crew does what they can to help him survive. Glint’s interaction with his First Officer Blix and the others provides most of the humor for the story. As the competition goes on, Starcrost and his crew find that The Iron Gauntlet is more than just a game. Dark forces are also at play, plunging Captain Starcrost in way over his head.
I enjoyed reading Space Drifters: The Iron Gauntlet even more than the first book in the series, The Emerald Enigma. That book was also very good, but I liked the way this book elevated the action a little higher than the humor. Paul Regnier did a great job of moving our hero through a variety of planetary settings, fighting all manner of space creatures and natural elements. He also had just the right amount of relational humor inserted between the action scenes to give the story more emotional depth. The plot thickened as Glint got closer to the end of the game, leading us to a well-thought-out and exciting conclusion. I also enjoyed learning more about Princess Jasette in this book. Her character provides a nice balance to Glint’s foolishness. Once again, I applaud Mr. Regnier for giving us a fun and well-written story that contains no cussing or sex or excessive violence. I can’t wait to see what mess Captain Glint Starcrost gets into next time in part three of Space Drifters. One thing I know for sure is that Glint’s messes always lead to lots of sci-fi fun and action.