Review- Scat by Jim Graham

It’s been a while since I read Scat, so I thought it was about time I did the review. So here it is.

c27b522ba7031bbbd0bd45be720982b0dde793c3-thumbScat is Sebastian Scatkiewicz. At the start of the book he is a Marine, on Earth fighting for resources. This sets up his character as a basically honest, no-nonsense, take no shit type of guy. It’s exactly these characteristics that threaten to get him into trouble so he quits, gains some new qualifications and moves out into space to find his fortune.

And of course, he just finds more trouble even though he does all he can to stay clear.

The universe of Scat is very well thought out with the idea that corporations are the ones who led the way to the stars. And once they got there the governments on Earth couldn’t do a whole heap to control them. So the corporations got bigger, supplying the resources that had all but disappeared from Earth. And of course, all that money and control of the resources gave them more power on Earth.

The story is essentially about a revolution with a wide range of characters coming t it from different angles– military and political. The characters and settings are well developed. History, politics, money and resources have all been taken into account though none of it comes across as forced.

The bad things? I did enter a bit of a lull at one point in the book, but I’m not sure if that was actually the story or my life at the time. Sorry, I can’t really clear that up. I also felt that the part o the plot revolving around an alien artifact seemed an unnecessary addition. The story moves away from the rebellion in the last quarter or so to concentrate on developments in that area but I felt as if that was really part of the sequel.

Overall, I really enjoyed the story and will be reading the others in the series. Birdie Down is already available (I think it covers part of the revolution that is skimmed over in Scat– which supports my case that artifact part of the first story really belongs in another book and Birdie Down should have been in there instead, but anyway.)  The links above lead to Smashwords where both books can be downloaded for free. Well worth the price.

4 stars.

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