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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Caleb
  • 08-01-21

a surprising gem.

the first book in the Finder series was good, but this second book in the series is quite excellent. the characters are instantly likable and the setting is somewhat unique to the space faring sci-fi books I'm used to. I would this series, and have already to friends.

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  • Bob Miller
  • 04-01-21

Much better narration (and story too) than the first

The narration was head and shoulders above the first. Paul Woodson did an excellent job. The story and characters were believable and emotionally compelling than the first novel as well. Fergus feels like an everyday guy trying to do the best he can do while dealing with legitimate demons from his past. Something about the plot and the character pulled me in and I felt like I was helping Fergus find clues and resources for his plan. I am looking forward to May when the third book comes out!

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  • Tim
  • 29-11-20

Fun and delightful

People rag on Palmer’s writing style and the fact the science isn’t based on fact, but it’s a work of fiction. Anything goes in fiction. This book is wonderfully underrated, a delight to listen to, exciting, nerve wracking, and heart warming all at the same time. I look forward to a third installment. Bravo Suzanne!

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  • Jonathan E.
  • 15-11-20

An absolute blast of a book

I picked up this title after having completed the first of the series “Finder”. It has likable characters, lots of unforeseen plot twists and kept me riveted throughout the story. I’m absolutely looking forward to the next book in the series!

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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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  • R. Jernigan
  • 31-10-20

Thoroughly enjoyable

Picked up the precursor work since it was free with Audible membership, and enjoyed it enough to buy this sequel. In both works I found the main character's penchant for crippling self-doubt to be overdone; it's a fine device, but when it happens four or five times in a row--completely debilitating episodes, over and over--it gets tiresome. But that is the entirety of my complaints: everything else about these books is delightful. Great characters, great world building, fun plot twists, some healthy snark, good action sequences, and creative problem solving. Would definitely pick up another in the series.

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  • The Wandering Atavist
  • 18-10-20

LOVED IT.

This was fantastic. the adventure was wonderful, the character development even better than the first one, and the ending sublime. I deeply, deeply enjoyed it. Buy this book. Suzanne Palmer- PLEASE write more of these!