Fascinating title for a science fiction novel. I puzzled over the meaning but by the end I knew exactly what a Wonk Decelerator does.
Set in the future when there is a wide variation of humanoid life forms, Commander Thad Cochrane is asked to steal the Decelerator while his captain Maggie Thorn tries to dissuade him and when this fails, she tries to get the higher ups to abort the mission. She is unsuccessful and Thad proceeds with his task on the planet Timmerus while Maggie waits in the spaceship above the planet. At first all goes well, but things take an unexpected turn when a killbot intervenes.
I enjoyed reading this book until I got to the end. I know it’s the first of a series but the end of the story finished too abruptly for my liking. Too many threads hanging loose, but not the sort to make me long for the next book.
Thad and Maggie made a nice couple. She worries about him while he is doing this job to finance their future together. Maggie doesn’t let her feelings get in the way of her job and still comes across as a tough, hardcase woman but her inner self is warm and caring. I liked the concept, the story was well written and flowed well until the end. I would read the second in the series to find out the answers to the questions left unanswered. A Wonk Decelerator is …. read the book to find out.
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