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Summary

From a Hugo Award-winning author comes the second book in this action-packed sci-fi caper, starring Fergus Ferguson, interstellar repo man and professional finder.

As a professional finder, Fergus Ferguson is hired to locate missing objects and steal them back. But it is rarely so simple, especially after his latest job in Cernee. He’s been recovering from that experience in the company of friends, the Shipmakers of Pluto, experts at crafting top-of-the-line AI spaceships.

The Shipmakers have convinced Fergus to finally deal with unfinished business he’s been avoiding for half his life: Earth. Fergus hasn’t been back to his homeworld since he was 15, when he stole his cousin’s motorcycle and ran away. It was his first theft, and nothing he’s stolen since has been anywhere near so easy, or weighed so heavily on his conscience. Many years and many jobs later, Fergus reluctantly agrees that now is the time to return the motorcycle and face his family.

Unfortunately, someone has gotten to the motorcycle before him. And before he can figure out where it went and why the storage unit that held it is now filled with priceless, stolen art, the Shipyard is attacked. His friends are missing, presumably kidnapped.

Accompanied by an untrustworthy detective who suspects Fergus is the art thief and the sole friend who escaped the attack, Fergus must follow the tenuous clues to locate and save his friends. The trail leads them to Enceladus, where Fergus plans to go undercover to the research stations that lie beneath the moon’s thick ice sheet deep in a dark, oppressive ocean.

But all movement and personnel are watched, and the limited ways through the thick ice of the moon’s surface are dangerous and highly monitored. Even if Fergus can manage to find proof that his friends are there and alive, getting out again is going to be a lot more complicated than he bargained for.

©2020 Suzanne Palmer (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Jaren Havell
  • 12-01-21

Fergus never Farts

This hits all the right points - drama, suspense, comedy, and unlike other science fiction manages to steer clear of the less desireable topics that are included to attract readers and add nothing.

Dear Suzanne - Fergus does not need a love interest, don't let steamy romance ruin book three!

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  • Gr
  • 09-05-20

Great Space Opera

I listened to the first book a few months ago and was happy to hear that Fergus Ferguson was coming back. Driving the Deep was even better than Finder. A solid 4 stars. Suzanne Palmer’s repo-spaceman Fergus is a fun character, who seems to always be getting himself in jams as he tries to help those around him.

A truly nice person, Fergus brings a great mix of humility and compassion blended into an unlikely hero. Suzanne Palmer blends humor and action into her writing to make for a fun experience. Paul Woodson did a great job with the narration. This is a new SCI-FI series worth telling your friends about. I look forward too many more encounters with Fergus.

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  • Patrick Herbert
  • 16-12-20

Great and unexpected follow up

Not like the original but a ton of fun and interesting still in its own right. Normally you expect a sequel to be average at best but I loved it. only criticism is the performance was jarring as I listened to the two back to back and the narrator changes and has a slightly different intonation that imo changes the feel of the character. Once I got over that and adjusted it was just as fun as the first.

Overall I love the characters although I can't help notice that almost all women in these stories are somewhat... over aggressive? Like they can't be portrayed as confident, competent and powerful without also somehow being super aggressive at the same time? Actually it's a pretty common theme for the series across many characters but it just feels like if the female is a main character she must be almost too tough and definitely tougher than Fergus which I find a bit weird. Maybe I'm reading too much into it though either way great series and hoping for many more books to come found a new author to dive into thanks to these two books.

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  • Chris Arms
  • 14-11-20

Hopefully not the end

I will start by mirroring the sentiments of others; Joe Hempel did an outstanding job narrating Finder, the first book in The Finder Chronicles. The quality of his performance is sadly not replicated by Paul Woodson.
I do not envy anyone the task of following in the footsteps of someone who performs any job so well. It sets the bar of expectations very high.
Mr. Woodson's performance is by no means bad. He just doesn't rise to the same level of performance as some narrators who can and do perform in different vocal tones to differentiate and accentuate different characters .
Once I got past my disappointment in the change of narrators, I enjoyed Mr Woodson's performance well enough
His voice is pleasant enough to listen to and he speaks quite well.
With that out of the way, on to the book itself.
Driving the Deep is a fantastic addition to this series.
Though I could say much more than that, I won't.
If you enjoyed the first book, you will also enjoy this one.
I would think that if you found the first book entertaining and enjoyable, continuing the series is simply a given. How could you not?
I am looking forward to further adventures with Fergus Ferguson.

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  • Matt Vickery
  • 05-08-21

A fantastic combo of space and sea sci-if

This second novel of the Finder series picks up soon after the first novel with the protagonist deciding to take care of a long avoided task. His plans immediately take a sharp left turn and accelerate out of his control. With new friends in tow and old friends to rescue the action doesn’t let up in this fast-paced adventure. Check this one out!

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  • los_angeles
  • 26-06-21

worth it ... going for book 3... talented writer!

so many fully drawn characters. very likable and very hatable. plot pulled me forward. unpredictable

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  • Texaspenney
  • 11-06-21

Awesome book!

The narration was spot on. With a story that keeps you hooked till the end. I'm really looking forward to the next book this fall

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-04-21

Loved it. Love this narrator so much more.

I love the story and characters. This narrator is is so much better. brings the characters to life. makes them fun and enjoyable. I really hope you continue with this narrator on the future books.

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  • Gerald
  • 14-04-21

Fun and unpredictable.

Recommend, different narrator threw me off for a couple chapters but overcame it. He did a great job.

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  • Mick Germ
  • 08-03-21

A great story.

I laughed, I cried. I got totally entwined in the story. A very enjoyable story.