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by Rob Kroese category: Book
Hi! My name is Rob Kroese, and I'm the author a bunch of books. Seven? Eight? Something like that. I've had a fair amount of commercial success and some great reviews (Booklist called my first novel, Mercury Falls, "hilarious"), but my books are what you'd call "cult favorites." I haven't had what I'd call a "breakout hit" yet, but I think Starship Grifters might be that book. I think it's my funniest book and my most accessible book, and it was an absolute blast to write--which I always figure is a good sign. Here's the publisher's description:
A space-faring ne’er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet…and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself!
The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam. But getting mixed up in the struggle between the tyrannical Malarchian Empire and the plucky rebels of the Revolting Front—and trying to double-cross them both—may be his biggest mistake. Luckily for Rex, his frustrated but faithful robot sidekick has the cyber-smarts to deal with buxom bounty hunters, pudgy princesses, overbearing overlords, and interstellar evangelists…while still keeping Rex’s martini glass filled.Thank you for helping me get the word out about Starship Grifters!
Robert Kroese's sense of irony was honed growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan—home of the Amway Corporation and the Gerald R. Ford Museum, and the first city in the United States to fluoridate its water supply. In second grade, he wrote his first novel, the saga of Captain Bill and his spaceship Thee Eagle. This turned out to be the high point of his academic career. After barely graduating from Calvin College in 1992 with a philosophy degree, he was fired from a variety of jobs before moving to California, where he stumbled into software development. As this job required neither punctuality nor a sense of direction, he excelled at it. In 2009, he called upon his extensive knowledge of useless information and love of explosions to write his first novel, Mercury Falls. Since then, he has written three sequels, Mercury Rises, Mercury Rests and Mercury Revolts, and a humorous epic fantasy, Disenchanted. You can find him at robertkroese.com, facebook.com/robkroese, and twitter.com/robkroese.