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The scoundrel worlds : a Star Risk, ltd., novel
Bunch, Chris.
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Publication Information:
New York : Roc, [2003]

Physical Description:
338 pages ; 18 cm
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X Adult Mass Market Paperback Popular Materials-Science Fiction/Fantasy

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Skyball is popular, challenging, and violent. In other words, the greatest sport in the universe. The mercenary team of Star Risk, Ltd. has been hired to watch it...closely. Two opposing worlds are neck and neck, and lately the game's been a real killer. Riots, murder, a real madhouse for loyal fans. It's up to Star Risk to keep it galaxy-friendly. Good luck to them. They don't stand a sporting chance.

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Booklist Review

In the new Star Risk novel, the protagonists--former military personnel who left the service for the service's good--are now mercenaries. Being few in number, they are, however, more police and detectives than soldiers. The abundant action begins with a prologue in which Star Risk is hired to protect the referees at an interplanetary skyball festival, at which the fans have progressed from riotousness to homicide. After being paid, the Sky Risk crew undertakes to prove the innocence of a man condemned for treason, whose case has ramifications that read, probably deliberately, like pastiches of current media features. The element of wish fulfillment in the novel is undeniable; also pleasurable, for who hasn't felt like obliterating a stupid politician or obnoxious mediacrat? Lightweight action sf that sometimes reads like a novelized TV script (no surprise, given Bunch's TV background), this should hold the series' present audience and attract others who want to see the media skewered. --Frieda Murray Copyright 2003 Booklist