Galaxy of Heroes is set in the distant future – a future where the human race is scattered far from Earth and under the constant threat of violence and extinction from the more powerful inhabitants of the universe. It focuses around the experiences of four main characters who share a common history and who meet again as the action unfolds.
The most memorable of these characters is easily the larger-than-life Captain Jace Spade and this is ultimately his story. He’s not completely likeable, but that makes him more realistic. The other character of note is Genie, a cyborg created to be irresistible to men. Through her, interesting questions of futuristic ethics are raised; the idea of a sentient, albeit manufactured, creature being programmed for sexual and romantic slavery is a difficult one.
In the end, however, the strong point of this novel is the story itself. Flory is not the most elegant of writers, and there are places where a little further editing could have improved the flow of the writing and reduced unnecessary repetition, but there is no question that he can tell a gripping tale. Galaxy of Heroes is almost solid action from start to finish, and there was no point at which I felt bored by what I was reading. The universe that is created within this book’s pages is clever and well fleshed out, and the descriptions of battle are excellent.
I hope Flory goes on to write more – perhaps even more in this very universe. I, for one, would be glad to read it.
(I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)