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In the third book of the “entertaining” (Kirkus Reveiws) Keiko series, Captain Ichabod Drift and his crew find themselves in another mess as a ship-wide vacation leads to their second-in-command taken hostage by the planet’s criminal mastermind.After the riotous civil war in Dark Sky, the crew of the Keiko decides to go on vacation at an illegal gambling port for a littleIn the third book of the “entertaining” (Kirkus Reveiws) Keiko series, Captain Ichabod Drift and his crew find themselves in another mess as a ship-wide vacation leads to their second-in-command taken hostage by the planet’s criminal mastermind.After the riotous civil war in Dark Sky, the crew of the Keiko decides to go on vacation at an illegal gambling port for a little fun. What they don’t realize is that the casinos are run by an ex-client who didn’t get his shipment due to the war. The mob boss decides to take Tamara Rouke, the Keiko’s second-in-command, and hold her hostage until the crew raises enough money to pay him back for the lost shipment. If they don’t pay up in time, Rouke will be killed.Captain Ichabod Drift and his crew agree. But as they find a way to get the funds, one will betray everyone and one will die…...

Title : Dark Deeds
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ISBN : 9781534405455
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Dark Deeds Reviews

  • David
    2018-12-11 12:20

    Upon reading "Dark Deeds", it is very clear that Brooks has become very comfortable climbing inside each character's head. The series has grown, and although the plot and setting of each novel has been well crafted and fun, what truly makes the Keiko series shine is the characters.And damn, do they shine brightly in "Dark Deeds".Starting shortly after the end of "Dark Sky", the Keiko crew find themselves on the wrong side of Orlov, the mob boss they failed to please on the previous novel. He takes Tamara Rourke hostage, and strikes a deal with Drift to get him payment to both release her and free them all from their debt.This places Rourke on a brilliantly written path of survival and self discovery, where she is (mostly) honest with herself, while she figures out a way not to get killed, and to take control of her situation.Drift, the Changs, Jenna, Apirana, and their new companion Alim Muradov, end up figuring out how to scrounge up the money they agreed with Orlov, and as we can expect with a Keiko novel, things do not go as planned, and the crew does not come out unscathed.It was a pleasure reading things from different points of view. We take time to see things from the perspective of every character. We see the inner workings of both Chang siblings, the motivations behind Apirana and Jenna, as well as a delightful understanding of Muradov.I absolutely loved this novel. The world building is sharp, the characters intense, and the plot unyielding. Above all else, the novel was fun!Without spoilers, when the climax hits, Brooks throws a magnificent curve ball that made me scream in bed like crazy when I read it. I got strange looks the rest of the night, but it was well worth it.I bet you will feel the same when you get to it, and will know exactly why I say it.I can't wait for the next one.

  • David Amador
    2018-11-25 10:30

    this is a 4.5 (wish good reads would allow half stars)If you read the other 2 books do yourself a favor and read it.The strong point of the Keiko books are the characters, this book explored more of that and it pays off. Tamara Rouke steals all scenes she's in, until now most of her decisions were based on the team itself or orders, but now you get to see more how her mind works. I hope the author does this more in the future. I didn't liked the end very much, but that's just because it felt "too clean", but I expect the next books to dig deeper into that.

  • Monika Spancheska
    2018-12-06 15:20

    Dark Deeds is the third book in the Keiko series, which has quickly become one of my favorite ongoing series ever. I was immensely looking forward to this book and am currently feeling very polarizing, conflicting emotions. The first half is an easy 5 star, but about 60% in, things take a major turn and the ending really threw me for a loop, and not in the good way. If you have read my reviews of the previous 2 books, you know I said something similar about the first book Dark Run; there too I loved the beginning but halfway through I felt that the plot escaped Brooks, and the book turned into a completely different genre than what it started out as. Here, the problem isn't so much the plot, but the tone of the ending. But before we go over why I didn't like it, let's talk about the stuff I loved. Following the events of Dark Sky, Sergei Orlov kidnaps the crew as punishment for failing to deliver his information from Uragan. He keeps Tamara Rourke as a hostage and gives Ichabod 2 months to collect an abnormal sum of money or else he kills her and sends his goons after the Keiko. To get the money, the crew decide to pull a heist on Zhongtu, a Red Star planet completely controlled by the Triax, and inevitably things get complicated. In terms of plot, this was probably my favorite one. I have been expecting the crew to pull an honest to God real heist since book 1, and finally they do. The plot is tight and focuses entirely on the different crew members and their plan; there isn't a revolution or a military operation they have to compete against. At this point, Brooks is very comfortably writing his babies, that it's pure joy just reading about their scheming and simply interacting with each-other. There wasn't a single crew member that I felt was irrelevant or underdeveloped, and I found the pacing satisfying and without his usual problem of rushing the conclusion. One thing that did bother me, were the lose ends. I know we are probably getting book 4, but in terms of the plot of this book, multiple things were left unresolved. The main one I will talk about at the end, but for a lesser one, the introduction and development the 3 leaders of the Dragon's Sons goes nowhere. They felt like characters that should be more important than they end up being, and yet they don't really do anything. I did enjoy their interactions, and once again Brooks excels at character and world building. I enjoyed spending time both on Zhongtu and New Samara; with Zhongtu, learning about how the Triax controlled the police and bureaucracy was fascinating and again, oddly familiar. My favorite scene was Jia infiltrating the meeting room via the cleaning service; I can see the scene play out like in a movie. The new characters we get are as interesting and diverse as always. I really liked the dynamic between the 3 Triax leaders and Chief Han, especially the rivalry between Gao and Song. What I found absolutely unbelievable was a specific moment pertaining to Gao. There is a character introduced by the name of Chen who is an events manager and goes by ze/zir pronouns. This is excellent (zir is also not the only gender neutral character we get in the book, but I'll get to the other one later); what isn't excellent is that I refuse to believe that a man like Gao, who is disguising, sexist, crude and old would call both of the women he works with Song and Han bitches, but would bother to use the correct pronouns when referring to Chan. #tmw a sexist Triax boss is more woke than most politicians. On Orlov's side, I enjoyed learning more about him and the host of characters we get, especially Larysa and Roman were great. I loved their interactions with Tamara, especially Roman trying to keep everyone's emotions in check. Now onto our main cast. Let's start with Ichabod, because surprisingly, he gets very little screen time. He is caught playing the role of Aparna's manager Perez, but other than that he is very much a background player. I did like his conversations with Jenna and Aparna about life and relationships, and the ending really made me feel for him. He was mostly a soundboard for the others in this book, and that didn't bother me, though I would have liked to see more of him since he's my second favorite character after Big A. Likewise, Jenna gets little time to shine as well. She gets a scene with Ichabod and a scene alone where she has to pilot the Jonah, but mostly her time is spent with Aparna. I loved seeing their relationship; they are so cute and supportive of each-other and just a beautiful couple.Aparna gets a lot more time to shine as we see more of his thoughts and feelings on the whole thing which I love, since he's my favorite character. He is incredibly kind and observant, he puts all the other characters at ease and he is very smart in terms of emotional intelligence and knowing people. He gets to pretend to be a proper fighter and Brooks clearly has a lot of fun describing the fight scenes. Muradov gets more time to shine and I absolutely love him. He is incredibly entertaining especially when he interacts with the twins. He is a great character; I love that everyone calls him Chief, how his faith is a big part of his life, as well as his military background. I really enjoyed his conversation with Drift about guilt and friendship at the end; I feel like the two balance each-other really well. The twins were also amazing. I always loved Jia and like I said she really gets time to shine here, not only in her solo scene but also in her interactions with Kuei. Which brings me to Kuei himself. I never made a secret of the fact that he was my least favorite character on the crew; he never really had much of a personality and it always felt like his cowardice and passive aggressiveness were informed traits. This time around I really liked him. For once I found his interactions with Jia entertaining and he actually got to do things, like threaten people (badly) and seduce people (a little better). The scene with him, Jia and Muratov in the bar was incredibly entertaining, especially Kuei and Muradov's conversation about waiting until marriage. And finally Rourke. Without a doubt, this book was hers, and she owned every moment she was on the page. We got to see so much more of her as a character, especially being separate from the crew and having to do her own thing. I loved all of her interactions with Orlov's people, the way she thinks and acts and approaches situations. Her dilemma at the end felt motivated and real, and I really didn't expect the direction it took. Which leads me to... the elephant in the room. SPOILERS for the ending of Dark Deeds.Like I said before, tone is the main issues here. I had a feeling Kuei was going to die in this book since Brooks spent so much time developing him and unfortunately I was right. I didn't expect to get hurt as much as I did when he died, but I genuinely felt pain, the same kind as when another character I really love dies at the end of Serenity. While I personally didn't like this decision, what really bothered me was it's resolution. I understand why Jia left the Keiko, but with her leaving, Kuei dead, Tamara almost leaving (and then killing not just Orlov, but also all the other characters we spent a whole book getting to know in cold blood, in front of Ichabod!) and her relationship with Ichabod irreparably damaged, the book ends on such a dower note that it really feels like what I started reading and what I finished reading are two separated entities. None of the other books are this dower, not even Dark Run which also has a major character death and the revelations about Ichabod being Gabriel Drake. The ending felt really incomplete; we get a new pilot, Spark, but ze is barely introduced. Rourke ends up killing 3 people she spent 2 months with and also was willing to leave the Keiko for and we don't really get any resolution on that either. I really hope this isn't the last we see of Jia, and that Rourke and Ichabod actually sit down and talk. All in all I feel very conflicted. That ending broke me, but not in a good way. It honestly felt like it came out of nowhere and while I can't fault the book for it, I can't in good conscience give it five stars, even though I loved the first two thirds. I just hope the next one resolves at least some of what transpired here, because I really need some closure.

  • Evie
    2018-11-14 13:20

    I'm.... not sure how I feel about this book. There were some things I didn't like but more things I did. Overall, the character pieces were excellent, I wasn't a huge fan of the ending, and the narrative still feels a bit unfinished. The Good:-Firstly, the cast. The crew, both new and old, each have their individual moments to shine. Although Jenna's diminished role was rather disappointing to me, Jia and Kuai both get get some excellent character moments in this segment of the series. "Chief" had some great moments as well, although he was reduced to several glorified cameos. The author devoted exactly the right amount of time, however, to exploring his headspace about his change of roles. -Rouke owns every scene she's in, whether it's her wisecracks about yoga or seeing the mentoring side of her. Although I mentioned the cast as a whole, Rourke's part was significant enough I thought it warranted its own section. - The writing. There were still several typos and grammatical errors in this novel, though greatly reduced compared to the previous two. Additionally, the writing felt matured in comparison and there were less extraneous justifications for character actions. - The plot (minus the last chapter). As a heist book, this was enjoyable. Pacing was excellent and the book didn't lag, even with changes in POV and location(-space gays! Muslims in space! mentions of different pockets of space being occupied by different countries and languages! YES)The Not-So-Good:-The ending: this is my main sticking point. Without spoilers, quite a bit of time is devoted to building a decision and rationale for the decision... only to have a character do the type of snap decision stated several times to be against their personality. This last minute change makes the novel feel unfinished (not in the least because the character actually thinks that). -I'm not huge on any book featuring a relationship between a mid-40s+ man and an woman stated to be in her very early 20s. This seems (unfortunately) very typical of the genre to me, as I've seen it in the last three series I've read. However, I choose to read very platonically into everything and will do so for as long as humanly possible. To sum it up, a strong 3.75/5 rounded to 4 for goodreads, as I really did enjoy this book and am hoping for a book 4.

  • Cam
    2018-12-11 13:04

    Another entertaining and somewhat tragic caper for the Keiko crew. Crime boss Orlov captures Captain Drift and his partner Tamara Rourke to extract payment and revenge for their failed mission in the prior novel. Rourke is held hostage and Drift has to raise a large sum to pay off Orlov in a tight time frame. They find another corrupt plan and figure out how to earn some starter capital betting on Apirana's cage fighting skills. Things go awry, of course, and the local syndicate brings down chaos and death as things progress. Meanwhile, Rourke is working closely enough with Orlov to get a bit of Stockholm Syndrome as she tries to cover her bases and survive if Drift fails to return. Good action, a bit of humor, and enough plot and character development to keep it moving and the strong mix of light and meaningful of the prior entries. The Keiko series is a hidden gem for heist lovers with a sci-fi bend.

  • Simon Curling
    2018-11-28 14:15

    This is the third in Brooks excellent Keiko series - following the crew of the spaceship Keiko - adventures that to describe you would have to use the words "shenanigans" "capers" and "rogues". In some ways the series resembles a popular tv scifi series but Brooks makes the crew distinct and unique - its not often you find a maori fighter as a major character! In this installement the characters and motivations of the crew are revealed with a focus on Tamara Rourke, as she finds herself having to take her future into her own hands in case her friends don't come through for her. The story has 2 major plotlines and Brooks keeps the pace on both racing along nicely. Maybe because of the fast pace the conclusion feels a little rushed (hence not a 5 star), especially given the major events that occur! Of course this means we just want more! Great stuff and looking forward to the next one!

  • Ataahua
    2018-12-13 12:21

    Brooks has stepped up his game from the really good first two books to deliver a complex and engaging plot that's hard to stop reading.The failure of the crew's job in Dark Skies has come back to bite them with Tamara Rourke held hostage until the rest of them achieve a huge pay-off. Tamara's in no mood to be rescued and goes about flipping the script; meanwhile Drift launches a scheme that's as dangerous as it's desperate. Along the way we get a lot more of the Chang siblings' difficult relationship and new crew member Alim knows he has to prove himself to the Keiko crew.Dark Deeds is brave writing and with Mike disinclined to rest on the elements that were highlights in the first two books, I'm excited to see what he delivers in the final two books of the series.

  • Ben Mckenna
    2018-11-27 14:29

    As enjoyable as the first two. I still like the crew, and the tale is definitely tragic. The one bit of light is the sideline for Jenna and Apirana.I saw another reviewer mention this too, but I wanted to share my own feelings. The story was good and made sense right up until the very end. At that point Rourke did something I didn't fully understand, and it forced her to do something that seemed like it might have been completely unnecessary. She'd literally just had a conversation with a dude who told her, "Listen, I got you to do this because I was a jerk. Feel free to do what you gotta do."I guess it added more conflict and drama to Rourke's storyline, but it just felt weird when you look at the conversation she had before. Its the main reason I'm rating it a 4/5.

  • Scott Austin
    2018-12-03 16:12

    I'm torn - I really don't know how I feel about this book. First, and most importantly, the book is enjoyable to read. It's a heist story, which this crew is tailor made for, and stakes felt real throughout.It didn't end how stories of this ilk 'should,' which I also like. The crew shift is what has me leaving with a bad taste in my mouth. The twins always felt like secondary characters to me, and their prominence here felt telling; I don't mind losing them, though. It's Tamara's shifts that I struggle with. Is she just ruthless, making calculated decisions to survive? Or is she an unlikable asshole? I just don't know, and I liked that character before.I'm still excited for the fourth book, though... So four stars or is.

  • Zale Mills
    2018-11-23 16:09

    I've enjoyed this series and this latest book is no exception. Mostly. However, I'm dropping my rating on Dark Deeds for one reason; I found the use of these new gender neutral pronouns 'ze' and 'zir' to be terribly annoying! First, I'm of the opinion that 'they' and 'them' are perfectly acceptable pronouns for gender neutral needs, so it was irksome to start with. Second, and more importantly, because these new pronouns weren't in either of the first books, the use of it here seemed a totally forced and awkward effort. After just half way through Dark Deeds it seemed to be the best of the series so far and I was already hoping for a fourth book soon. Now I'm likely done with it regardless.

  • Dana
    2018-11-18 14:23

    Spoilers--------------------------I thought this was a 4 star book until the last chapter. I really didn't like Rouke's actions. First signing the contract before the time was up for Drift to get back with the money. Then the cold blooded killing of 3 people.Didn't work for me.Still like the series and will keep buying them, but this story was a let down.While Brooks is not quite a GRRM in his willingness to change out characters, it was a surprise to lose Jia and Kuai. (More Jia than Kuai...)It would seem that Drift and Rouke will continue, and it seems Apirana and Jenna will also, but anyone else might be considered expendable.

  • Roger Ball
    2018-11-25 17:10

    Just keeps getting better.This latest installment in the ongoing trials and tribulations of the Keiko and crew saga just keeps getting better and better. I rarely give a 5 star rating but this deserves it IMHO. Great character development and story telling here. Never a dull moment wrapped around interesting storylines. What can I say, I’m loving the series! I never go into the exact storylines so won’t here. Just to say that nothing is a what I thought it would be and that’s part of the pleasure! Loved it.

  • Jo(Mixed Book Bag)
    2018-11-29 17:30

    The Dark part of the title is very true in this third book in the Keiko series. Events just seem to go against the crew and as a result the action is non-stop and the tension just keeps ramping up. The story follows two tracks as the crew separates and it is touch and go as to how everything will end. Another hard to put down book by Brooks.

  • Jelena Milašinović
    2018-11-25 09:07

    This book was such a roller-coaster! It's fast paced, on point and sucks you in with brilliant characters and a great story so that you simply can't stop reading! This series is quickly becoming one of my favourite SF adventures that I adore reading over and over again and recommending it to friends.

  • Melissa
    2018-12-01 11:07

    These books only get 4 stars because I don’t LOVE any of the characters. They’re all good, but they just don’t draw you in to really empathize with them. Also, though the story is well written the plot lines are pretty basic. There’s one job, it’s hectic, but it gets done.

  • Rob Janzen
    2018-11-29 12:01

    I was up in the air with this one for the first half. I wasn't getting drawn into it, and it just seemed off. But, then things started happening, the characters started being real, and it turned into a great roller-coaster of events.

  • Lowell Burton
    2018-11-19 15:16

    In his third novel about the crew of the Keiko, Mike Brooks comes into his own. In Dark Deeds, he has brought a balancing act between the heist story of the first book and the action-adventure of the second, and created a satisfying adventure that keeps going right up to the end.

  • Seth
    2018-11-22 11:04

    The series rolls on with another highly readable volume that combines the energy of the first two books with stakes that feel even higher. Still fun - still looking forward to the next one.

  • Terry
    2018-12-11 16:28

    Captain Ichabod Drift and his wily crew of rascals offer up some grand adventures in the current trilogy. Go for it.

  • David
    2018-11-30 16:29

    I enjoyed the world this book is set in, and the characters of the book.

  • John
    2018-11-22 10:29

    More rock ‘em sock ‘em spaceways adventure a la “Firefly.” Hope there will ne more—with, maybe, a little less angsting among the cast.

  • Doug Murphy
    2018-11-13 10:06

    If you liked Firefly, you’ll enjoy this third novel in a series about a freighter and her adventuresome crew

  • Balthasaar
    2018-11-22 12:19

    defies expectations of the genre all-around. was pleasantly surprised. A being over twice Jenna's age is still creepy though

  • Brittany Zelkovich
    2018-11-15 12:21

    Well. I'm good and afraid for the crew of the Keiko. This can't be the end, right? There has to be more! There has to be better resolution for the Changs and for Rourke. Right?

  • Angela
    2018-11-24 10:04

    The stuff at the end surprised me a bit, but I don't feel like it ruins anything. I do hope the author continues this series.

  • Heidi
    2018-12-03 17:15

    Love this series. would read more. Lots of fun.

  • Chris
    2018-11-17 12:12

    I was really looking forward to this book, as the momentum of the characters from the first two books was great, but i felt that this one fell short. I didn't get sucked into the story quite as much, and I didn't feel like we learned anything new about the characters. If you liked the first two books, you'll be ok with this one, but it wasn't quite up to the same level for me.