The Royal Scam by Gini Koch
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length; Short Story (27 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid
Things aren’t what they seem to be when Princess Olivia of Andromeda jumps aboard a spaceship to escape a loveless marriage.
Join the crew of the Hummingbird as they take on the rich, famous and sleazy of the galaxy. They’re also on a long-term secret mission, so it’s a good thing they’re the best con artists, spacers, and roughnecks in the Milky Way, because they need all their skills to pull off this particular Royal Scam.
The Royal Scam is a fairy tale set in space with a twist. A young princess betrothed to a scion of a neighboring planet is really in love with a member of her father’s household. A plot is hatched for the princess to escape into space but the groom gives chase. Will he catch his bride, or will she escape?
Don’t yawn and give up on this story thinking it’s an old tale. This is only the beginning. Various psychic entities are involved in this escape, space chases, disappearing spaceships and planet intrigue are all there. The author left me reeling with how much she packed into 27 pages. Well done Ms. Koch.
Another planet, devious collections from various houses of pleasure – all this enriched the story. Add to this the sub-plot where the bad guys were outwitted by the good guys and I found quite a gripping tale. Short but attention grabbing. Do you like science fiction with a hint of fantasy? Then this is a book for you.