It's a tricky thing, managing a conquered people. Especially when they've been under the imperial yoke for a couple centuries. Add an economy which has dried up under them, a clear difference between first-class citizens and second-class natives, and an empire bankrupted by one war and dumbfounded by how they will pay for the next, and the situation becomes challenging indIt's a tricky thing, managing a conquered people. Especially when they've been under the imperial yoke for a couple centuries. Add an economy which has dried up under them, a clear difference between first-class citizens and second-class natives, and an empire bankrupted by one war and dumbfounded by how they will pay for the next, and the situation becomes challenging indeed. Especially when you've only been a police detective your whole life, and never had any intention to even visit this planet. Then, being shoved into the position of District Superintendent comes as a real shock. A native culture, vibrant and alive, wants to grow. A new Superintendent's innocence may open the door to revolution. And when relics of humanity's ancient past demand payment in the present, no side is safe. From the distant backwater rolls a mystery which will shake empires. Only one superintendent, newest on the scene, can save a world from the sins of empires past and future. Included is a brief addendum which draws the lines between the parallel world of 1930's Africa under British colonialism, through our own time, into the future. Mystery, science fiction, and a tale of how personal bonds can move worlds, Superintendent is a story about the small people on whom large empires hinge....
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I am tremendously excited by this book. It shows that there are still unique, fresh voices out there with the ability to tell a taut, well-constructed suspenseful story.Superintendent is the story of a customs cop sent to a colony planet (in the British imperialism sense of the word) where the original settlers devolved back to the bronze age after humanity’s interstellar wars cut the core worlds off from Earth's far-flung possessions. The hero faces culture clashes between not only the inhabitants but his own people. The parallels to England's colonial adventuring are very pronounced, and Guthrie, the hero, is constantly faced with confronting both the corruption and tribalism of the "natives," who are descendants of Earth, and his own superiors, who always have a very sound, practical, and "moral" explanation for doing exactly what they are doing, even as Guthrie and the reader cringe. As the going gets tougher and violence hits, Guthrie is faced with a host of hard choices. (It makes one think of John Masters' Nightrunners of Bengal, Kipling, and maybe even the Patrick O'Brian books). The political characters are exquisitely real, and the do-gooders take it on the chin just as hard as those who aren't that admirable. This is a rich book with lots of detail, achingly real characters and the kind of suspense that makes it hard to put down.
Interesting first book. Great imagery. I'm not a big fan of sci fi, but this had a mystery thrown in along with some humor. Would recommend to any sci fi fans!