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Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds
Review by Ernest Lilley
Tachyon Publications Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781616961930
Date: 09 June 2015 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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One minute Scur is a soldier captured and tortured by a war criminal reviled by both her side and his, the next she's waking up on a ship bound for a penal planet, only to find it's thousands of years overdue. Scur, who has no idea how she wound up in hibernation with a bunch of people from both sides with little in common but their war crimes, has to find a way to meld the survivors into something besides a replay of a war long over. If that's not hard enough on its own, it's made considerably more difficult by the presence of her former tormentor, who's very, very good at being very, very bad. Unlike most of Reynolds novels, this isn't a doorstopper, but a fast paced 200 odd page adventure.

From official release/information:

Product Description: A vast conflict, one that has encompassed hundreds of worlds and solar systems, appears to be finally at an end. A conscripted soldier is beginning to consider her life after the war and the family she has left behind. But for Scur--and for humanity--peace is not to be.

On the brink of the ceasefire, Scur is captured by a renegade war criminal, and left for dead in the ruins of a bunker. She revives aboard a prisoner transport vessel. Something has gone terribly wrong with the ship.

Passengers--combatants from both sides of the war--are waking up from hibernation far too soon. Their memories, embedded in bullets, are the only links to a world which is no longer recognizable. And Scur will be reacquainted with her old enemy, but with much higher stakes than just her own life.

(Source: Tachyon Publications)

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