Mike Brooks introduces the reader to a classic throwback Sci-Fi action story familiar to those of distant past. A small band of bounty hunters led by Ichabod Drift, tackles a dangerously forced upon mission involving an unknown cargo. As time and location becomes a pivotal part of the delivery, Brooks brings to light pieces of the mystery in gritty starship fashion. This talented futurism form of writing entertains as the background stories of each crew member clash with the liveliness of the overwhelming undertaking which meets somewhere in Brooks' innovative galaxy.
— Mike, Albuquerque
In this debut space epic, a crew of thieves and con artists take on a job that could pay off a lot of debts in a corrupt galaxy where life is cheap and criminals are the best people in it.
The Keiko is a ship of smugglers, soldiers of fortune, and adventurers travelling Earth’s colony planets searching for the next job. And they never talk about their past—until now.
Captain Ichabod Drift is being blackmailed. He has to deliver a special cargo to Earth, and no one can know they’re there. It’s what they call a dark run…And it may be their last.
About the Author
Mike Brooks is the author of The God-King Chronicles epic fantasy series, the Keiko series of grimy space-opera novels, and various works for Games Workshop’s Black Library imprint including RITES OF PASSAGE and BRUTAL KUNNIN. He was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, and moved to Nottingham to go to university when he was eighteen, where he still lives with his wife, cats, and snakes. He worked in the homelessness sector for fifteen years before going full-time as an author, plays guitar and sings in a punk band, and DJs wherever anyone will tolerate him. He is queer, and partially deaf (no, that occurred naturally, and a long time before the punk band).
"Golden Age chic! Great fun!" — Stephen Baxter
Brooks has concocted a space opera full of fast talk, action, and gratuitous violence. Brooks delivers a old-fashioned space Western peopled with likable, flawed characters who gallop across an entertaining page-turner. — Kirkus Reviews
Brooks turns in an enjoyable adventure that has all of the fast action and clever dialog fans of the genre look for, with well-drawn secondary characters who also have moments to shine. Suggest this debut to enthusiasts of caper plots and stories such as Chris Wooding’s Ketty Jay novels, and, of course, Firefly. — Library Journal
""Dark Run is a fun novel." — io9.com
"Dark Run deserves to be this year's break out. A space opera in the rollicking tradition of Timothy Zahn, John Scalzi, James S.A. Corey, C.J. Cherryh." — Andrew Liptak
"[Dark Run] doesn’t disappoint. With its fast moving action, wise-cracking dialogue and wry humour." — SFF World
"Dark Run is a fast paced smuggler story that delivers all the crooked and devious action you could ask for." — SFBook Reviews