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Book Review: ‘The Outer Edge’ by Patrick Cox

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The Outer Edge is the latest Henry Heron novel from Patrick Cox. Cox continues to hone his craft and convince me that time-travel novels do not have to be po-faced rubbish. The brothers from the past continue to battle with their colleagues and the chaos of space travel. This time they have stumbled on aliens whose intentions are not exactly just.

Despite the fact that Heron continues to prove his worth to the fleet, there are those that undermine him. This time we have a subtle jab, delivered by the means of a pedantic doctor, at a few tropes of the Star Trek universe. As a Trekoloather I was pleased to see the “Prime Directive” be mocked in such a manner.

As with his last few novels, Cox has created quite the page turner that is just ripe for reading in one or two sittings. It is, as are the rest of the series, the perfect airplane novel that you can’t yet get in the airport. I read it in ebook form, and it is just perfect in that format. This is no doubt partly due to the subject at hand.

If you like science fiction that is somewhere between the hard and pulp variety then you owe yourself to pick this book up as well as the rest of the series. These books stand alone well on their own rather well, however.

And, as with the last one of Heron’s adventures, I look forward to the next outing. Why, oh why, can’t some visionary director pick this series up for TV (or Netflix?). It is time we had a good original space romp and the Heron series fits the bill nicely. While it might not be Firefly, it is fine ole’ yarn that keeps me coming back for more.

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