The Caledonian Gambit
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The galaxy is mired in a cold war between two superpowers, the Illyrican Empire and the Commonwealth. Thrust between this struggle are Simon Kovalic, the Commonwealth’s preeminent spy, and Kyle Rankin, a lowly soldier happily scrubbing toilets on Sabea, a remote and isolated planet. However, nothing is as it seems.
Kyle Rankin is a lie. His real name is Eli Brody, and he fled his home world of Caledonia years ago. Simon Kovalic knows Caledonia is a lit fuse hurtling towards detonation. The past Brody so desperately tried to abandon can grant him access to people and places that are off limits even to a professional spy like Kovalic.
Kovalic needs Eli Brody to come home and face his past. With Brody suddenly cast in a play he never auditioned for, he and Kovalic will quickly realize it’s everything they don’t know that will tip the scales of galactic peace. Sounds like a desperate plan, sure, but what gambit isn’t?
The Caledonian Gambit is a throwback to the classic sci-fi adventures of spies and off-world politics, but filled to the brim with modern sensibilities.
A great sci-fi spy thriller. Really fun story that had me entertained from start to finish. Can't wait for more!
Fun Adventure with Delightful Characters
Dan Moren is a panelist, sometime-host, and sometime-game-show-writer for The Incomparable podcast network. I'm delighted to see his sense of humor come through in his first novel, which was a fun, adventurous read. I really appreciated that the characters were interesting people with distinct personalities, backstories, and clear motivations. There were "good" reasons for folks to make the choices or take the action they did, and they were consistently portrayed all the way through. Dan did a great job, too, with the details of the environment and locations, making it feel as if I were along the adventure as well. I'm looking forward to Book 2!
Solid science fiction
Fleshed out world, interesting characters.