This book grew on me as I read it. At first I didn't care for the main character Malcolm Graves but I still liked the cool sci-fi world the author was building so I read on. By the end of the book I was a huge fan of him and his new partner. He's a collector who flies around the galaxy dealing with dangerous people and deadly situations. He's seen a lot of bad stuff in his time. At first he kind of comes off as a jaded jerk who is only out for himself. As the story unfolds though a lot more is revealed about him both through backstory and the actions you see him taking.
He's also a man who likes to work alone but he's forced to have a partner. This partner has cybernetic enhancements and amazing abilities. He also has about as much personality as a robot - but this isn't a case of the author doing a bad job rendering the character. It's perfect. I loved his personality and how it grated on the main character. You'll have to read it to see what I'm talking about but one of my favorite things about this book was seeing the relationship develop between the main character and his new partner.
There was a lot of great action in this book and some really fun detective and crime solving stuff. As the two main characters get in gun fights and visit hostile locales to track down the bad guys the reader is along for a really fun ride. All the while their relationship changes and grows. You also meet many characters that the protagonist has a lot of history with. This world felt real and lived in even though it is in the far flung future where spaceships can take people from one planet to another.
The ending of this book left me reeling. That's all I'll say. I'm not going to spoil anything. The way the author ended this book took a lot of courage. If I knew this book was a stand alone novel I would have been really upset with the ending even though I would have still been kind of impressed with it. However knowing it's not all as it seems and that there are more stories to come makes me have faith in the ending the author chose and make me want to pick up the next book as soon as possible.