Sunday 26 May 2024

Worth Dying For - Marie C. Keiser - Heaven’s Hunter Book 2

Worth Dying For
Heaven’s Hunter Book 2
Worth Dying For - Marie C. Keiser - Heaven’s Hunter Book 2

Wow, I loved the debut novel by this author Heaven’s Hunter, but this sophomore effort is even better. This was an amazing read that I could just not put down. I stayed up way to late reading. I kept telling myself just one more page, and then I would be at the next chapter. I finally had to put it down and go to sleep because I had to get up for work in a few hours.

This story is very well crafted. The story is reminiscent of many, but the underlying Catholic themes make it fresh and new. Other than Karina Fabian I am not aware of another contemporary Catholic Author that does Catholic Space Saga this well. I picked this volume as soon as I saw it, I was not even aware it had been released. And it immediately jumped to the top of me ‘to be read pile’. I did not even finish the book I was in the middle of. Like book 1 in many ways it reminded me of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Miles Vorkosigan series, and also of Piers Anthony’s Bio of a Space Tyrant novels. Both of which I loved when I was much younger, but when I tried to reread them did not finish even the first story. And in reading this I could not help but think what an excellent book and series it would have been to read in my youth. The description of the book is:

“Mark, a talented young mechanic, lives on a garbage world where richer planets dump their trash, and he hates everything about it.

One day a stranger offers him a job that will get him off his planet and pay more than Mark ever dreamed of making.

There’s a catch, of course: he’ll be working for an interplanetary corporation that implants its own tech into the brains of its employees. But maybe it’s worth it anyway—Mark needs the money to help his sister.

One thing leads to another, and soon Mark and his new friend Evan will have to decide what—if anything—is worth dying for.

Worth Dying For is the second book in the Heaven's Hunter series.”

It also received high praise from Corinna Turner one of my favourite contemporary authors, who stated:

“Mark and Evan’s calamitous career kept me enthralled as I waited to see what would go wrong next—or occasionally right—for our beleaguered protagonists. In the course of their non-stop adventure, the pair learn a great deal about themselves and come face-to-face with some of the deepest questions of life. A fantastic read for all fans of intelligent sci-fi.”

Mark takes a contact to save for his sister’s surgery. Even is running from the law and the cartel. They both end up passing the tests and training together. They end up on their first assignment which is when this go sideways. Very sideways. They are kidnapped by a pirate. Even offered a very lucrative job. But Mark’s Catholic upbringing and his conscience gets in the way at a crucial moment and the results are no in either of theirs favour. And the two seem to limp along from one situation to another. 

The characters are so well written they feel like family and friends. I had been wondering what had happened to Randall Yung often since finishing book one. And this book gives us some insight. But the main story is about Mark and Evan both just trying to find their place in this work and do right by their family. The become friends, but both have kept secrets. When those secrets come out will it break the bond or will they find a way to strengthen it and overcome. To find out you will need to read this excellent volume.

This is an excellent novel. I highly recommend it for fans of the Classic Science Fiction style. I have no hesitation recommending this book. A great read for young adults and teens, and even us older folks. And I would have no hesitation picking up anything else published by Keiser! And my son saw me reading this and is now reading book one and loving it. This is Catholic fiction at its best.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2024 Catholic Reading Plan!

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Heaven’s Hunter - Marie C. Keiser - Heaven's Hunter Book 1

Worth Dying For - Marie C. Keiser - Heaven’s Hunter Book 2

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