From the very first page this is a great story -- you'll love traveling with Jules. His dauntless charm and awkward diplomacy draws readers along. The characters are all engaging, and the storyline is full of action and all the allure of intergalactic travel. This is an excellent and compelling story.
Fortune alternately frowns and smiles on the intrepid young space pilot. He's hired to crew on the first trade venture between humans and the hjadd, the enigmatic aliens whom only a few people have ever seen. All Jules wants is to stay out of jail and pilot a ship between the stars, but first he must learn to pilot a tricky path between his wealthy and shady boss, the easily offended hjadd and the girl he's starting to love. Will the trade venture be a success? (ACE, Apr., 322 pp., $24.95)