Interstellar government corruption, scientific deception, experiments out of control, and space pirates all threaten Regency government stability. Small time independent space scout Rath Scampion lands in the wrong place at the wrong time and finds himself an unwilling participant. Don't expect a hero - he just wants to be left alone. A good SF read with some interesting concepts.
This is a brilliant tale of perseverance and development of inner strength. A gentleman-scholar is forcibly enlisted as a crew member on a seal hunting ship under a tyrannical captain. A great book in spite of a clumsy and cliched romantic interest.
Very good SF novella with some interesting plot elements including restoration to life for execution victims, mental enhancement, and humankind's first starship.
The book started out well enough - Dupont seemed as if he might develop into an interesting character and the crooked house seemed like a great setting for a crime. So I kept plugging along hoping things would develop, but it let me down. The book suffers from a highly contrived plot, annoying overly melodramatic dialog, and major characters simply being dropped mid way.