Requiem for Medusa (Galaxy’s Edge: Tyrus Rechs #1) ★★★★☆

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Title: Requiem for Medusa
Series: Galaxy’s Edge: Tyrus Rechs #1
Author: Jason Anspach & Nick Cole
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF/Space Opera
Pages: 357
Words: 88K



Synopsis:

Medusa was a world class bounty hunter, with a disease, a disease that was slowly turning her into a machine. She was a doctor and used her bounties to search for a cure for herself and everyone else exiled by the disease. One job got her killed. The Bounty Hunters Guild isn’t going to let that happen to one of their operators without severe repercussions. So they hire Tyrus Rechs.

For Rechs, this isn’t just a job. He was a lover of Medusa and he doesn’t want just Justice, but Vengeance. Wanted by the House of Reason, with Nether Ops continually on his tail, with other Bounty Hunters also gunning for him and his own past haunting him, Tyrus Rechs, a man over 2000 years old, is on the edge.

Rechs tracks down the client who hired Medusa, only to find out other bounty hunters, hired by other clients, had a hand in things. The trail takes Rechs to a rich gambling space station where 2 Crime Lords run a Death Game where hundreds of competitors vie to be the one lone survivor who will live in the lap of luxury for one year. The rogue bounty hunter who killed Medusa has entered the games and Rechs finds out that the Crime Lords are the one’s who hired him. Said Crime Lords have also contacted Nether Ops so Rechs can’t wait around to get the rogue bounty hunter. Rechs enters the game, kills the bounty hunter, escapes by the skin of his teeth and immediately faces off against a Nether Ops kill team. During this fight he also kills the 2 Crime Lords and finds out that in insane robot bounty hunter is the one behind it all. The robot dies, the space station is totally wasted and Rechs goes to a hidden asteroid to sleep for months to recover and to give his trail time to cool down.

My Thoughts:

After how much I was enjoying the main Galaxy’s Edge series, I wasn’t sure how a prequel trilogy was going to work for me. Thankfully, this was everything I could have wanted. I’ll write about that in a second.

I am consistently giving these books 4 and 4.5 stars and raving about them and I had to think for a minute about what kept them from going into pure 5 star territory. I enjoy them enough, that is for sure. I think it is because these are pulpy enough that it is going to take a second read to see if the enjoyment stands the test of time. So it’s not so much a bad thing holding it back, as my own hesitation in giving out a coveted 5star. Anyway, just needed to cement that in my own mind.

As I wrote above, this had everything I wanted. A quest, the chosen one, a hero of superb ability, evil villains, justice, vengeance, lots and lots and lots of action. It all was blended together and folded into a great story. I will almost always take a Lone Hero story over a Group, as I just enjoy seeing the Individual and how one person can make a difference.

In regards to Rechs himself, since we know his fate in the main series, this was all about finding out the tidbits of his past. We know he encountered something that gave him longevity and from this story it seems to have been some sort of Savage ship? It is not explicitly spelled out nor is it the main thrust. Anspach and Cole (the authors) aren’t making the mistake that Star Wars made of making the Jedi be the center of attention nor are they filling the galaxy with Jedi barbers and Jedi mechanics and Jedi beauticians. The balance in these books just feels right.

This book has put to rest my niggling fear that GE was a fluke by the authors and that they couldn’t keep up that level of great story telling. This was a fantastic story and I loved it and I am looking forward to the next two just as much now.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

21 thoughts on “Requiem for Medusa (Galaxy’s Edge: Tyrus Rechs #1) ★★★★☆

    1. I haven’t watched Rogue One but if that’s the route they went, I fully agree with it.

      The problem with star wars was that Lucas set things up from the getgo to make it all about the jedi/sith conflict and have them be the main attraction. Which was fine as long as we didn’t get beyond 1 or 2. But once the can of worms was opened with the prequels, well, the franchise was doomed.

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    1. It really was. These Galaxy’s Edge (star wars not star wars) books are absolutely hitting the spot. I didn’t even realize how much I miss star wars until I read these and see it done right 🙂

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                1. He was pretty good in Jumper, even if the movie itself wasn’t that great.
                  I did see something with him in it where I was thinking to myself “This is the same guy who woodenly walked his way through the star wars prequels?”. I can’t remember the movie but his acting impressed me.

                  Which is why I always end up blaming George Lucas for everything. He is not a director, even if he thinks he is, hahahahaa.

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    1. If you were ever a star wars fan and have been disappointed at any point, then go for this franchise. If you like the direction disney has taken star wars, this might not be for you as much.

      Nice thing is, being indies on amazon,the books are quite affordable and if you’re an audio person, I believe a bunch of them have been picked up by audible.

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    1. Well, you’ve probably got years of raving ahead, hahahaaa!
      Between this trilogy, the dark operator series and the order of the centurion, I think I’ve got 2-3 years. Then it’ll be back to the main series. So much goodness!

      😀

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