On the bureaucratic and tyrannical planet of New Princetown, Sam Hammond wakes up after a night of partying to find that he is now an indentured servant. His indentured servitude is on the safari world of Arborea as he guides adventure seekers hunting the large and fierce reptiles native to the planet. This opportunity for exciting adventure is enjoyed by Sam as he considers staying on after his indentured servitude is up.
However, Sam quickly realizes that trouble is lurking as a sabotage threatens threaten the company. With the grand opening rapidly approaching, he has a sinking feeling that the most dangerous monsters may be inside the fence.
Billed as 2/3 Heinlein young adult adventure and 1/3 Larry Corriea, Alien Game by Rod Walker lives up to this high praise. The sense of adventure is reminiscent of Robert Heinlein's classic Have Space Suit, Will Travel. The prose is crisp and speedy and the books relatively short length flies by. The action is well written and the believable if not particularly deep characters work well. Some insightful political and economic commentary is slipped in at various points but it never overshadows the story.
Overall this book makes a fine young adult addition to the growing Castilia House library. I enjoyed it and feel it hits its targeted age range while still being worthy of older readers as well.
Five Amazon Stars
Gold Rating from Reality Hammer