Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Prospector's Run by Kevin W. Bates + #Giveaway

Join us for this tour from Nov 23 to Dec 11, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Prospector's Run by Kevin W. Bates
CategoryAdult Fiction (18 yrs +),  277 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
PublisherKevin W. Bates
Release date:   April 2019
Tour dates: Nov 23 to Dec 11, 2020
Content Rating:  PG for mild profanity and some depictions of violence.

Book Description:

Five thousand years ago in a savage assault, someone tried to annihilate humanity. They almost succeeded. Now, millennia after the First Stellar Civilization’s cataclysmic destruction, humans have clawed their way back from the brink of extinction and returned to the stars. Massive riches in the form of forgotten tech lie hidden in the ruins of the First Civ’s dead, shattered worlds. For a prospector with luck and the right coordinates, they are ripe for the taking. Holtz Mitsumi has neither. Down and out from a failed expedition, Mitsumi allows an enigmatic stranger to talk him into one more prospecting run. After scraping together a crew, Mitsumi embarks with high hopes. But nothing is as it seems and this run may be his last.

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Prospector's Run is the first in Kevin W Bates' Artifact science fiction series. I loved the idea that our central characters are prospectors searching out items that, for them, are ancient historical technologies although, for me as a reader of course, the science involved is still far in the future. Prospector's Run draws parallels perhaps with the Egyptian treasure hunters or Californian gold rush with the lure of improbable riches being just as seductive for Captain Mitsumi and his ramshackle crew. The narrative is driven as much by the characters in this story as it is by their interplanetary explorations. Each is given a detailed back story and, while uncovering how their individual pasts influence their present motivations did result in a more meandering tale than I would at times have liked, it also gave me a much deeper understanding of everyone so, ultimately, I felt the trade-off was worthwhile. Without that depth some of the later scenes I think could have lacked plausibility. The overall story arc makes for a satisfying and complete read. I was relieved that Bates doesn't resort to a frustrating cliffhanger ending. Prospector's Run does have a sequel and ongoing threads have me tempted to buy it!

Meet the Author:

Kevin W. Bates was born in Berkeley, California and, with the exception of a couple year stint in Sydney Australia and a study abroad program in Japan, was raised there. In his Martin Luther King Jr. High and Berkeley High School years, Kevin developed a life-long fascination with science fiction (and, oddly, nuclear weapons) and a tendency to day dream. He discovered early that among the greatest joys in life is the thrill of losing yourself in a gripping space adventure soaring across the galaxy. Raised on classic science fiction authors such as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ray Bradbury, Kevin took up writing science fiction to provide the same mind expanding thrills he enjoyed from those authors and more contemporary ones like Alastair Reynolds, Iain M. Banks, David Brin and Neal Stephenson.

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Tour Schedule:
Nov 23 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Nov 24 – Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight
Nov 25 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 26 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 27 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 1 – Library of Clean Reads - book review / giveaway
Dec 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 3 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 3 - The Review Crew - book review / giveaway
Dec 8 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Dec 8 - My Fictional Oasis - book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Dec 10 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review / giveaway
Dec 11 - Blooming with Books - book review / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

Win 1 of 5 copies of Prospector's Run or a $50 Amazon gift card (6 winners). Open to the USA and Canada until the 18th of December.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Stephanie for hosting Prospector's Run on tour and for leaving a review!