Title: Rangers Over Regulus
Author: Alex Powell
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Length: 51,000 words
Characters: Liberty and Rory Dalhart
POV: Limited Third
Sub-Genre: Science Fiction
Liberty is a vampire living on a space station where those who seek to avoid the government always land, and spends his days working for the assassin who runs the place. Life is as peaceful as a colony of thugs at the edge of civilization can get. Then a Ranger shows up…
Having read the blurb, I was unsure about purchasing “Rangers Over Regulus” but now I’m glad I did take advantage of the Author of the Month sale and buy it. Somehow the author managed to give a science fiction space station a Western (yes, as in cowboys and Indians) edge. Alex Powell obviously put a lot of thought into the story, the world, and the characters, and it shows. I won’t say too much as I don’t want to ruin the story, but I would definitely recommend this story if you like westerns, crime, science fiction, paranormal, or all of the above.
Liberty is an great example of what I feel a vampire should be: he drinks blood for a living and doesn’t feels the slightest bit of compassion for his food. As an assassin, he takes pride in his skills, and he is feared by those on the station as both a vampire and an assassin, yet he has an interesting friendship with the person who maintains his weapons. As an interesting contrast, Rory is a Ranger who, while aware of how corrupt and vicious people can be, still does his best and sticks to his personal morals.
Keep an eye out for the horse. She almost steals the show.
Reviewed By: Alison