In the space colony of New Wales, the pirate attacks are both relentless and merciless. Having lost both his parents, Jabin has been adopted by his austere and spiteful uncle and aunt who live in the space colony of New Wales which is riven with religious and political rivalry, and prey to the vicious maraudings of pirates whose cruelty and greed are beyond all imagination.
When Jabin volunteers to surrender himself to a pirate raiding party to save a friend, he does so believing that nothing can be worse than his current suffering. However, he is soon to discover that things can always get worse when the stakes are high, the rewards are vast and slave labour is there for the taking.
When the King of New Wales is assassinated, the colony threatens to collapse into total anarchy, leaving the pirates free reign to mutilate, kill and profit as they will, but the forces of law and order sent out from Earth are getting ready to fight back, and Jabin could have a vital part to play in the ensuing war if he can only stay alive.
I fell in love with my first soldier outside Buckingham Palace. He was a Coldstream on guard and I was four. Later I fell in love with reading and writing and then with scific and tales of high adventure. Later still I married a military historian and he conducted me on guided lecture tours around many a battlefield and many a musuem Despite this, or maybe because of it, I never lost my love of all things military or of adventure stories. "Jabin and the Space Pirates" is a result of all this. Other published work includes a short story in a SFX Pulp Fiction Anthology and a Dr Who story published by Big Finish
To be honest, when I read the first few pages I was thinking "WTF". This mostly came about by the way that we already see how Jabin is already too grown up at only a young age of 13. I would not expect any 13 year old that I know, to talk like that. At that point from reading that I thought about if I wanted to stop this novel and mark it as "DNF," but I kept on to see what else the book had in store to bring this book back up.
Quickly we learn about Jabin and his past, as well as become fully aware of what happens to him. Both in his present life with his aunt and uncle, as well as his life with the little he remembers about his mother. Jabin's failure to understand much of her addiction, yet he knows and remembers so much from that very young age.
We start to become a bit confused when we switch P.O.V. We wonder who this second person is really as well as how he relates to the story.
The story moves quickly, yet we don't learn about this new place, only about Jabin and the issues that have, in some ways, arisen from in our world's past (2012 Earth). Not enough information on their world, no matter how much Jabin is in the dark. Other bits and pieces of key information that were lacking include the resources that they use and the weapons, especially in giving us any detail or explanation of new developments to the world. We do realize that it is a sci-fi novel as they are on another planet.
From this, we get zero focus on the sci-fi elements of this book, yes, we know they are on another planet, but the main focus of the novel is the child soldiers, mainly in the spotlight of what Jabin faces. His hardships are put into focus, which then also releases knowledge about the Crown and the Colonel.
One of the main reasons why Jabin doesn't seem his age is by the way he goes on about women. Seeing them and thinking about them make him seem like those who "own" the women in this novel, as one of the Space Pirates.
This novel was received for review via the author. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.