Review of A Family Matter

A Family Matter by Ox Aaronson (Lightning Cellar Publications, 2019) is a fast-moving sci-fi heist novel with plenty of twists to keep you turning the pages.

Alexander Romano-Bennetti is the nephew of the ruler of Nostraspace, one of seven galactic empires connected by jumpgates. When a Nostraspace team goes missing while on a mission, Alex and a small group of Nostraspace-affiliated individuals head to the heart of another empire to get them out. Along the way, they encounter a variety of complications and bizarre circumstances that force them to think on their feet to keep themselves and the other team alive.

One of the interesting things that Ox Aaronson does with the narrative in this book is that there are scenes where dialogue is exchanged or actions are taken that aren’t explicitly on the page, and you only find out what was discussed, planned, or done in a subsequent scene. This strategy helped increase the suspense of the heist, since things were frequently going sideways and requiring adjustments in the plan.

If you enjoy heist movies like the Oceans Eleven series, TV shows like Firefly, or role-playing games like Scum and Villainy, A Family Matter by Ox Aaronson will be right up your alley!

The author provided us a copy of the anthology for review consideration.

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