Rogue Hunter: Inquest (Rogue Hunter #1) by Kevis Hendrickson
Fearing retribution from ruthless gangsters over an unsettled debt, intergalactic bounty hunter Zyra Zanr ventures to a distant world to collect the reward for Boris Skringler, a notorious terrorist, who has been sentenced to death by political rivals of the InterGalactic Alliance. When she fails to secure his release, she decides to break him out of prison. Zyra soon finds herself an unwilling participant in events that lead to a climactic showdown between the most powerful worlds in the galaxy.
Torn between her desperation to rid herself of the threats to her life and her guilt in agitating the conflict between two galactic superpowers, Zyra is horrified to learn that the lives of an entire world of people hinge on her ability to return Skringler to his captors. However, her distrust of Skringler gives way to lust, unraveling her plans. Will Zyra give into her passion and allow Skringler to go free? Or will she surrender him to her enemies to stop an impending war? The fate of billions depends on whether she chooses life for a killer or the death of her lover
This is the first book of Kevis Hendrickson's that I have read. When asked if I was interested in a copy for review I was literally looking for more science fiction to add to my reading stack and jumped at the opportunity to read this one.
I enjoyed the focus on women. Women's rights, and the society they had built on New Venus and able to procreate and continue on in a society of only women. But the real focus here is Zyra and her quest to capture Skringler. As a bounty hunter, there is a price on his head and if she returns him, there is an award to be gained. One that she needs pretty badly.
Although the author takes a bit more of an adult edge to the story, it's really not more than just some make out scenes. Nothing to lustful or uncomfortable, it's still pretty tame.
The idea is for her to capture Skringler who has gone to New Venus in the disguise as a woman (only women allowed) but was caught. In her pursuit to get her hands on him, she herself captured and put in a cell to be questioned on what her motives are. The authorities will not let Skringler go as they have other plans...the anticipated war is upon New Venus. Time has run short and chances of escape is slim.
With the anticipation of the war upon New Venus the authorities are on high alert. The prisoners are heavily guarded and every woman is needed to fight. The story is very fast paced, engaging and imaginative. I was pleasantly surprised by the detail of how the women ended up there, how they continue to procreate and survive without the need of men.
War is upon them and they fight back!