Only I could write a complete review and then forget to publish it - this was written yesterday!!
Machine Metal Magic (Mind + Machine #1) by Hanna Dare 4*
BLURB: The galaxy’s a dangerous place. Best not to travel it alone.
It’s been over a century since the AIs rose up and attacked, driving humans from Earth and leaving them scattered across the galaxy. Humanity survives, but always fearful of the technology that allows them travel among the stars, never knowing when it may turn against them once more.
An interstellar fugitive.
For Jaime Bashir, born with the ability to communicate telepathically with computers, his gifts are more of a curse. They also make him a target. On the run, he finds himself among a starship crew, one transporting a mysterious cargo. Even more intriguing is Rylan, the muscled guard watching his every move. Jaime has no reason to trust him, but nowhere else to turn.
A disgraced ex-soldier.
Rylan Slate is looking to leave his past behind. Joining a crew of smugglers is one way to do it. But capturing Jaime is both an opportunity and a danger. He starts out as a prisoner, but then becomes something more, testing loyalties in ways Rylan never expected. Will regaining his honor mean betraying Jaime?
My Review: I received a copy from Signal Boost Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This was a new tome author who's blurb really intrigued me. I had high hopes of an interesting story and those hopes were fulfilled in spades. The world building was wonderfully and the characters were so well written I want to meet Jaime in person. I don't want to say too much because of spoilers so I'll just say give Hanna Dare a try and you won't be sorry that you did. Especially if you enjoy character driven science fiction with a goodly amount of action to spice it up. Meanwhile I'm going to be on the look out for another story set in this universe.
Expected Release Date: 3rd May 2018