Genre: Science Fiction
Format: ebook and paperback
More information: http://richarddeescifi.co.uk/andorra-pett-and-the-oort-cloud-cafe/
Submitted by Richard Dee on May 8, 2017
Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café
Meet Andorra Pett; with her trusty sidekick, she’s taken over a derelict café. On a mining station. It just happens to be orbiting Saturn!
She’s hoping for a fresh start, away from all the drama of her old life. It’s a chance to relax and start again in a place where nobody knows anything about her or her past.
But the café holds a secret, and secrets have a habit of coming out; whether you want them to or not. And being accident prone doesn’t help. The more you try to pretend that you know what’s going on, the worse it gets.
Andorra’s plans for peace and quiet get lost amid the revelations and skulduggery and she soon realises that the fate of the whole station lies in her hapless hands.
In space, you can still trip over your feet; the question is, will you land upright?
Review from Mark on Goodreads, (edited to remove spoilers)
I kept seeing this book as a series starter for another of those Star Trek TV franchises, or rather something just like it, in the same vein. Like with the various Star Trek TV series over the decades and their assorted spin-offs, I felt this tale hailed from the days of positive sci-fi, in an all’s well that ends well sense of the word. The story definitely qualifies as a thriller, with our heroes exposed to no shortage of dangers at every turn for which they are entirely ill-equipped to handle. If they were equipped to handle them, then this would be more of an action-adventure. But sinister forces must be dealt with from within the context of a world that doesn’t seem dystopian. How refreshing!
In short, the plot kicks ass.
It was cool, what’s more, learning about life on a space station, which is sheer speculation, of course, but the author evidently did his research so well the book oozed with authenticity, a bit like the book and the movie, The Martian.
There’s no shortage of dark humor, needless to say, both in the setup, by that I mean the premise of the story, and in how the author delivers on the promise of the premise as the story unfolds. I especially liked that one of the chief members in the motley crew of heroes is gay, and he’s a good guy, and it’s presented as no big deal. Usual billing for such a character is as the psycho bad guy or as the subject of politically incorrect humor. Glad to see the future does indeed hold some things to look forward to—at least in this author’s universe. If Hollywood can’t catch up with reality as it is now, maybe by the time this is made into a movie, or in the next hundred years or so, they will catch up with reality.
Other than growing their own food, the space station must deal with the fact that it also serves as a mining colony with the rough and tumble miners and the intrigue that surrounds them. The diner, ironically, becomes the hub for both of these worlds as the owner has to deal with the farmers for his supplies and the miners for his customers.
I believe the moral of the story is, if you think running a restaurant is hard, try doing it at the edge of space where everyone’s locked in together like so many warring genies inside a lamp.
Hopefully the author will pen enough of these things to spur Hollywood into making a TV series out of it, as it’s the kind of thing that plays well to the entire family, with the PG-13 rating I can already see it garnering.