Deep Quarry by John E Stith
When a private eye undergoing a moral crisis uncovers a long-buried starship that’s still occupied by nasty aliens, he and woman he loves have to overcome them to survive.
Ben Takent is a private eye on a hot, dusty world at the edge of the civilized galaxy. When he’s asked to find out who is stealing artifacts from a 10,000-year-old archaeological dig in the desert, he reluctantly takes the case. Then, when it becomes clear that the artifacts are pointing to an ancient alien spacecraft, the stakes in the case go up—way up.
This was the first John E Stith book that I’ve ever read and I have to admit that I really enjoyed it. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, and admittedly I probably would not have picked it up based on the old cover – because we do judge, unfortunately – but I’m really glad that I decided to give this book a go. It was a very quick read, fast-paced and I loved all of the characters as well. It went in a completely different direction that I thought it would and that really made it all the more enjoyable.
I actually wanted to read this book because I’ve been a real crime/thriller mood at the moment and so I read the words “private eye” and was certain I’d read it. I also have become a lover of sci-fi so was really intrigued as to how the two genres would merge. Personally I loved how they did. It was like having a book that was the best of both worlds – excuse the pun. I got to fulfil my mood of a thrilling read while also being situated on an alien planet with different species. It was really interesting to read as well as being incredibly well written too.
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What helped to make this book entertaining was the characters. The main protagonist, Ben Takent was a vivid character. He had a very unique and brilliant voice and it was easy to see where his head space was. He spoke his mind, got affected by the world and just wanted to solve puzzles – something I love doing! I also thought Kate was a good character and liked reading about her. But I also just really loved all the side characters and different species and how it all came together. It was done really well and helped to make the book more interesting to read about.
Overall I found this book to be riveting and fascinating. I was hooked into the book from the first page and when it all changed around the half-way point I was pulled into another world that was fast-paced, intense, and a little bit frightening too. I loved how involved I became in the story and really enjoyed learning about the world it was set and the different species it described. John E Stith has created a wonderful piece of fiction that I really don’t think you should miss.
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **