The Return of Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future
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A small-time thief named Danny Briggs finds the unfinished epic poem of Black Orpheus, chronicling all the bigger-than-life characters that live and die on the galaxy’s Inner Frontier – and the biggest of them all was Santiago, the notorious King of the Outlaws.
Danny unearths the secret not only of Santiago’s identity, but also his purpose, and he sets out to finish the epic by finding and anointing a new Santiago. There are a lot of colorful candidates – The One-Armed Bandit, Silvermane, Tyrannosaur Bailey, others – and there are enemies galore. And Danny and his new partner, Waltzin'’Matilda, soon find that choosing a Santiago is a far cry from controlling him.
A perfect companion piece to Mike Resnick’s international bestseller, Santiago.
Santiago is the greatest outlaw of the Inner Frontier (see Resnick's Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future, 1992), and Danny Briggs is no Santiago. He isn't much of a thief, either, but he is smart, capable of turning even disaster into amazing good fortune after he stumbles across the lost manuscript of Black Orpheus. Convinced that there is a secret to be found in the pages, he doesn't stay Danny Briggs for long. He becomes Dante, chronicler of a new generation on the Inner Frontier, in search of the truth about the legendary Santiago. On his interstellar quest, he meets the most colorful criminals, bounty hunters, and lawmen that the Inner Frontier has to offer--quite a varied lot. Finally, he finds Santiago--the real Santiago--where he least expects to, and the stage is set for yet more exploits. An eminently satisfying space western, with just the right mixture of fast-drawing gunmen and talented women to keep the action going. Regina Schroeder – Booklist
The Return of Santiago can be read on its own or in conjunction with the first novel. In either case, Mike Resnick succeeds in telling a ripping good yarn while bringing legends to life, and hope to the Inner Frontier. – John Teehan, Strange Horizons
Resnick's tale of larger than life people is a kind of fairy tale of the Old West set in outer space, and if you think that isn't a viable combination, then you haven't read Mike Resnick. Gunfights, glory, and great storytelling in one of his best recent novels. – Don D’Ammassa, Critical Mass
His best work!!!
I have read most of Mr Resnick's books, and I can say without a doubt that this is my favorite. The characters he portrays, no matter how minute an appearance are engaging, and described with such detail that you feel as though you have actually seen them in real life. Truly a must read for anyone looking for an epic tale of the first order.