|Saturn Returns is the opening book in
the Astropolos trilogy, a space opera in the old heroic traditions. And a ripping good
yarn it is too.
Saturn Returns traces Imre Bergamasc, the central
character in the series, from his resuscitation by a collective looking for signs of God
in the background radiation at the edges of the Milky Way galaxy to his reuniting with his
old space mercenary (the Corps) comrades. Along the way he runs into two factions, the
Barons and the Luminous, competing to stop his plans for restarting the galactic
civilisation that he remembers.
We have to wait for book two to see how Imres plans for the new pan-galactic
civilisation unfold, and see what villainy and trouble await him along the way.