Book Review: Heavy Time (Company Wars #4) by C.J. Cherryh

Heavy Time (Company Wars #4) by C.J. Cherryh
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars) 
Publisher: Tor

I'm so glad I finally got to this one. While the characters weren't much to rave about (Dekker spends pretty much the entire book deranged, poor guy), Cherryh gets me with her setting. The main of the story takes place during the miners time on Refinery Two station between jobs (which is called "heavy time"). The description of the place and life on it were vivid and pulled me in. I was reminded of what I loved about Downbelow Station.

The political and corporate malevolence are there and come together well, because it's clear that there's a bigger thing going on than Dekker, his damaged ship and missing crew member/partner. That's really what propelled me through this story, finding out what ASTEX corporation's (Mama) bigger objectives are. The corporation's control is suffocating and that it's ever grasping for more is terrifying. This isn't a world where anyone with any sense can relax. Most everyone is mercenary and that makes for interesting interactions and relationships that often aren't what they seem on the surface. It's not a pretty world.

I'm going to read more in the series and Cherryh is still one of my favourites. Also, have to say in book likes it reminded me of The Expanse series with so close a look in at the lives of Belters. If I found out the guys who author The Expanse were Cherryh fans, I wouldn't be surprised. Recommended.

Summary: Discovered alone and without his memory on his drifting ship, pilot Paul Dekker is accused of the murder of his crew members and he must rely on the help of renegade miner Morris Bird to learn the truth.

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