Dark Run (Keiko #1) ★★★☆½

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Title: Dark Run
Series: Keiko #1
Author: Mike Brooks
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 434
Format: Digital Edition



Captain Ichabod Drift is the proud owner of the Keiko and the master of a rather disparate and ragamuffin crew. Before Drift became Drift however, he was someone else, someone who worked for the Federation and committed acts in their name that they disavowed. Having faked his death to escape that life, Drift is dragged back into it by his former boss. All Kelsier wants Drift to do is deliver a package to Amsterdam at a very specific time while avoiding all the tedious stuff like inspections, etc that Earth has setup. Kelsier is also paying quite handsomely.

With no way to say no, Drift agrees and counts on the greed of his crew to overlook any issues. They succeed in getting the package to Earth but don’t quite make it in time to Amsterdam. As they’re preparing to dump the cargo out in the middle of the city, they cut of the locks and discover a nuclear bomb. They immedately head out to sea and dump the bomb, where it explodes and starts a worldwide panic. The crew hide and shake the truth out of Drift. Nobody is happy with him, not at all. They all vow to get revenge on Kelsier.

With some help from their onboard hacker, the crew of the Keiko get GIA (Galaxy Intelligence Agency) credentials and forged letters telling any locals to help them out. They track Kelsier down to a hidden fortress and with the help of the local army, take him out.

The book ends with the crew deciding to stay on board and stay loyal to Drift, as they all have their own little secrets.


My Thoughts:

This was a very fun read and I’m thankful to SavageDave for bringing this to my attention.

I am having a hard time finding the words that I want to use for this review. This was a solid book, there was nothing wrong with it, I enjoyed it but at the same time nothing really got me excited about writing about it. I would definitely recommend others read it but I can’t really muster up the “oomph” to write the why’s and wherefore’s. I know, my apostrophes don’t really fit, sue me.

A captain with a past, a misfit crew, a first officer that is super competent yet has secrets all her own, the Laughing Man (the galaxies most efficient killer who has an electronic tattoo of a skull over his face to hide his identity), a nuclear bomb, cage fighting, an extremely diverse ethnic crew (not something I look for in my reading but I know a lot of shallow puss buckets do these days) and some good old fashioned fighting, well, this has it all. I’ve seen comparisons to Firefly and I think they’re pretty apt. I didn’t feel like I was reading a Firefly fanfic though. On the otherhand, I enjoyed Firefly, and Serenity, but it didn’t bother me that the show got cancelled so maybe I’m not a big enough fan to comment on whether this is Firefly fanfic or not.

If it is fanfic, well, I’m just going to kill myself then. Because I hate fanfic, I mean with a loathing and scorn that only an aristo can summon up for pathetic plebes doing really stupid and pointless things. His Grace, Lord Bookstooge, despises Indies and Fanfic. You may now bend the knee.

If you like space opera in any form, you’ll probably enjoy this. I did and I’m looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.



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21 thoughts on “Dark Run (Keiko #1) ★★★☆½

  1. Oh man, a 3,5? I concider that a win for my recomendations… Seeing as I never saw Firefly yet have seen Serenity in bits and pieces, i sometimes fail to see the comparison. Glad you had a fun read at least.

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  2. I’m not much into the genre, but hope to read more eventually. Glad you enjoyed reading it. I feel like how you mentioned quite often when I sit down to write a review, especially when I don’t love a book and don’t have much to day. Excellent review anyhow! 😉

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  3. I had a good time with this one, but at the same time, I completely agree with you on not having too much to say, other than it was solid. Maybe that’s why I still haven’t picked up the sequel, even though it’s been languishing on my TBR for years.

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    1. Thankfully, I’ll be pushing through the trilogy by the end of the year. But if I had read this when it first came out, I don’t know if I would have waited around for the sequels.


  4. While I read your synopsis I did feel the Firefly vibes and wondered if this story would not lose the match in the comparison (unlike you, I’m a fan), so I will have to think about this before deciding if I want to pick it up… Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    1. That is why the 3star range exists. For all those books that pass muster but just don’t get my motor running. Once things start dipping into the 2star territory, then the guns can start coming out…

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    1. I don’t tend to wander into areas of literature where fanfic even exists, thankfully.

      Honestly, I don’t even know if I would have coupled this with Firefly if it weren’t for SavageDave mentioning it in his review. The power of suggestion I guess 🙂


    1. My experience with fanfic fans has been pretty much limited to those who border on the outright militant about it and those who don’t care. I really haven’t come across a “casual” fanfic’er…

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