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Another one of the Corey writing duo's "filler" novellas set in between their Expanse novels, this one takes place on Mars shortly after Caliban's War. David Draper is the nephew of Marine Gunnery Sergeant Bobby Draper, one of the main characters in the aforementioned novel. She plays only a small (but significant) part in this novella.
David is a promising and gifted young chemistry student on Mars, with demanding parents who have high expectations for him. In a scheme that is half rebelliousness and half path-of-least-resistance spinelessness, David has become a "cook" for a local drug dealer. I wouldn't be the first reviewer to call Gods of Risk "Breaking Bad on Mars."
The plot pinch comes when David finds out his "friend" LeeLee is in trouble, and he decides he wants to save her. The annoying part comes when we realize that David is every stereotypical nerdy "Nice Guy" chump ever, fantasizing about how a grateful Leelee will reward him for his white knight heroism with kisses and maybe even letting him touch her ... Since Leelee is in fact a pro in debt to a drug dealer, this is obviously not going to have the happy ending David is hoping for, but for a smart kid, he sure is dumb.
Despite the main character's painful lack of self-awareness or worldliness, this is a good story that really doesn't have much to do with the central events of the Expanse series; although they are mentioned, this is just a bit of filler material.
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This is a great, short story that follows David Draper, nephew of MCRN Gunnery Sergeant Bobbie Draper, over the course of an exciting few days while Bobbie herself is living with him and his family. It is told from the point of view of David, a fifteen-going-on-sixteen year old Martian student whose talents in the chemistry lab may rival even those of Walter White. Bobbie, now infamous for her role in the events of Caliban's War and her seemingly traitorous support of the UN, is living on Mars with one of her older brothers, who has a wife and son, David. David's chemistry prowess gets him mixed up with the wrong guy and he soon finds himself in over his head.
I'm working through The Expanse series and this narrator just sounds so forced and unnatural compared to Jefferson Mays, who narrates the most of the other books. The dialogue is strangely paced and he seems to add tension where none was intended. Everything sounds so grave and dreadful coming out of his mouth. Maybe I'm being a little harsh but Jefferson Mays sets a high bar with his reading of the other major novels in this series. Still, the story is great, definitely worth the 2 hours or so of listening to this narrator.
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