Alexander Napoleon Outland, known as Nap to his friend, is captain of the space ship 69 and has a crew of misfit individuals he is responsible for. Alexander Outland: Space Pirate by G.J. Koch, Nap is just trying to keep his ship running and his crew fed, he doesn’t look too closely to see if a job is strictly legal and he has no problems doing a little smuggling on the side but when things go wrong on a legitimate job, Nap finds himself in a tough spot. Caught between two different warring factions on a planet with his ship grounded, Nap has to figure out who to trust, who to avoid and how they heck is going to get the smell of poo off his shoes.
Alexander Outland reminded me in some ways of the television series Firefly only with more humor involved (I am a huge Firefly fan so this was a total win in my book). Nap is a smuggler/space pirate, always skirting the edges of the law, as if that wasn’t difficult enough, Nap has to deal with all the women he has loved and left making things more difficult. Written in first person, we get an entertaining insight into Nap’s mind and how his humor works but are forced to figure out what is going on at the same time Nap it trying to work through it. With an entertaining mix of clever dialogue and potty humor, that had me actually giggling out loud, Alexander Outland is an entertaining read from the beginning. The only thing keeping this from a 5 star review is that some of the jumps in logic that Nap made were a bit too convenient, the connection of seemingly random events or information into one big connected conspiracy was a bit too much even for me but that aside, I really enjoyed this book and will be rereading it in the future.
Author: G.J. Koch
Page Nos.: 300
Publisher: Night Shade
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I purchased a copy of this book but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.