Motorcycles, corrupt corporations, space ships, and bond-like villains...hell yeah!
I have to start by saying that I am a bit biased about this series. I happened to score an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of The Courier in my book bag at World Fantasy Con 2015 a few months before the Hardcover came out. In fact, my signed copy has "#4" penned next to Gerald's signature on the title page, marking it as his 4th autograph, and I knew as soon as I finished reading the book that Gerald was going to be around the Science Fiction and Fantasy scene for a long time.
There is something special about catching a new author right at the beginning of their professional writing career. You feel like you're part of the journey. Not in a crazy stalker way, like standing outside his window on a cold, snowy night in Winnipeg watching him write (I promise that wasn't me Gerald) or in that Stephen King Misery kind of way that will see him locked in your cabin writing your whims in a couple years, but in that smug, knowing way...like when you overhear two people discuss a book in the aisle at Barnes and Noble (something I find most avid reader's secretly love). It's an I knew about this back when moment. Like being one of the first to read Game of Thrones before millions of viewers became enthralled by the series. If for no other reason than this, I'll keep reading Gerald's books. The fact that his books are well-written, fast-paced, thrilling reads is only icing on the cake.
So on to the books themselves. Gerald builds a world on a few fairly simple premises. Big cities of the future have run out of room, so instead of out, they've built up, level upon level, until the poor predictably live near the bottom and the rich near the top. Of course the corrupt cooperations run it all. What makes this world special, however, is the evolution of technology. The idea that no data in the future will be secure, and the only way to move it safely is to step backwards in technology and deliver it by hand (or in this case by motorcycle courier). Enter Kris, a fairly low-level courier who caries the wrong data at the wrong time. From the time Kris twists the throttle on her motorcycle to escape an attack at a delivery gone wrong, the books never slows down.
Who will enjoy this series? Well, if all you enjoy is Science Fiction about first contacts with mysterious alien cultures or Space Operas about interstellar adventure, this may not be the series for you. But if you are more interested in the characters and their motivations than the science and want a thrilling ride in a borderline dystopian future, this is definitely right up your alley. Normally I like to make comparisons, but I find it difficult to make a comparison to this series. If I was making a recipe, I'd say start with a pinch of William Gibson, a healthy dash of Robert J. Sawyer, and just a hint of Robert Ludlum, then cover in motorcycle oil and bring to a boil. All-in-all, a fast, fun read.
Troy Carrol Bucher
Reader, Writer, Runner in Southwest Oklahoma... recent addition to the DAW family.