Up Jim River
by Michael Flynn
Edited by David G. Hartwell
Review by Harriet Klausner
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765322845
Date: 13 April 2010 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
The United League of the Periphery's Kennel sends super Hound Bridget ban to retrieve an artifact on the remote frontier planet Dangchao Waypoint before their galactic enemy the Confederate of Central Worlds obtains it. On the edge of the Wilds, the relic is allegedly able to keep the League safe from the Confederacy. However, when their operative vanishes without a trace, the Kennel does a perfunctory search before calling it off as all stories begin and end with Jehovah; so the assumption is agent Bridget ban is with Jehovah. From official release/information:
From back of book: There is a river on Dangchao Waypoint, a small world out beyond Die Bold. It is a longish river as such things go, with a multitude of bayous and rapids and waterfalls, and it runs through many a strange and hostile country. Going up it, you can lose everything. Going up it, you can find anything.
The Hound Bridget ban has vanished and her employer, the Kennel (the mysterious superspy agency of the League) has given up the search. But her daughter, the harper Mearana, has not. She enlists the scarred man, Donovan, to aid her in her search. With the reluctant assent and financial aid fo the Kennel, they set forth. Bridget ban was following hints of an artifact that would "protect the League from the Confederacy for aye." Mearana is eager to follow that trail, but Donovan is reluctant, because whatever is at the end of it made a Hound disappear. What it would do to a harper and a drunk is far too easy to imagine.
Donovan's mind had been shattered by Those of Name, the rulers of the Confederacy, and no fewer than seven quarreling personalities now inhabit his skull. How can he hope to see her through safely? Together, they follow Bridget ban's trail to the raw worlds of the frontier, edging ever closer to the uncivilized and barbarian planets of the Wild.
(Source: Tor Books)