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AM Scott
Lightwave: Clocker
AM Scott, author
Her secret frees trillions… Discovery risks them all. Saree’s got a secret. A big one. She tunes space fold clocks—the only thing allowing safe travel between star systems. She’s the only human Clocker. The security of trillions relies on Saree’s freedom. And they can never know. Despite her best efforts, rumors fly. With a bounty hunter on her heels, Saree jumps on Lightwave Fold Transport, the safest option. But she quickly regrets her snap decision. Lightwave’s crew are mercenaries she barely escaped as a child. Do they suspect who she’s become? Can Saree keep her secret life safe? She’d rather die than blockade and blackmail systems for a crime lord or evil corporation. And there’s worse out there… Race across the universe, one step ahead of danger with Saree and the crew of Lightwave. Get your copy of Lightwave: Clocker, Folding Space Series 1.0, before freedom ticks away, one nanosecond at a time…
An eccentric cast takes precedence over intergalactic action in the space opera mystery that opens the Folding Space series. As the only human capable of “clocking,” the ability to fold space to allow for travel between galaxies, Saree Ia’asan is being pursued by a bounty hunter from the Familia mafia. To escape, she hops a Lightwave Fold Transport and poses as a Centauri University student. When the crew’s chef is poisoned, it quickly becomes clear that Saree is not the only one on board with a secret. The suspects in this locked-room mystery in space include perfume trader Al-Kindi; snobbish aristocrat Lady Vulten; opera singer Borgia; and a pair of elite body guards whose genes are spliced with turtle DNA. Saree attempts to unveil the murderer, maintain her cover, and figure out who she can trust in a twisting plot that leaves a few too many loose ends. Though the worldbuilding is impressive, the futuristic technology remains frustratingly vague. Sci-fi fans will be gratified by the appealing alien characters and plethora of pop-culture references, but disappointed by dropped narrative threads and intrusive exposition. (Self-published.)