18 April 2014

BOOK REVIEW: A Hunger in the Soul by Mike Resnick

A Hunger in the Soul (Birthright #24)A Hunger in the Soul by Mike Resnick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mike Resnick takes us on a new journey across alien landscapes in this powerful quest. Dr. Michael Drake, a great medical researcher, chose to disappear into the jungles of the world called Bushveld, but now the human-settled Galaxy needs him to combat a new plague. Journalist-adventurer Robert Markham has determined to locate Drake and bring him back to civilization...whether he wants to come or not.

A good novel with a good story and some good characters that is set inside the framework of Resnick's Birthright universe along with many of his other novels. It's a short book but very enjoyable and demonstrates how good Resnick is with shorter works. Following along with the members of an expedition to find a man on a primitive planet, we're treated to a good tale of survival and an interesting narrative of humankind's place in the galactic community. The title itself hints at the greater philosophical theme of the story, where humankind has forged a way for itself across the galaxy and subdued anything and everything that gets in the way. It's a quick read with just the right amount of action and tension to keep the reader interested and there's lots of interesting creatures and beings encountered along the way. The conclusion of the story fits really well with the overall concept and leaves you quite satisfied.

"Hugo and Nebula Award-winner Mike Resnick once again shows why he so often wins those two major honors from fans and writers of the genre of science fiction."

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