Alpha Minor (2018) – A Review of the new Harriet Walsh Novel

(c) 2018 by Simon Haynes

Science fiction is beautiful in how many times you can see something familiar, but it is fresh and new. This was the case when I got to read Simon Hayne’s soon to be released Alpha Minor, the second book in his new Harriet Walsh series.


Who is Harriet Walsh

If you have not had the chance to read the first, I promise you I won’t give away anything in this blog post. Harriet Walsh is a down on her luck, young woman who needs a change of fortune which comes in the strange form of a dinner menu.

Harriet is a down to earth girl who knows the limits of her abilities but is willing to test every bound when the planet Dismolle needs her.

The Adventure of Alpha Minor

Alpha minor picks up with the continuing adventures of Harriet and some new additions that are now serving with her in the Peace Force. Though the retirement planet is pretty much devoid of crime, there I still enough for the strange team to get themselves into.

What I loved the most about this adventure is that Simon Haynes has shown that he can handle the wacky humor of Hal Spacejock but also bring a more sophisticated, subtle tone to the story. The Harriet Walsh series is not, in essence, a sci-fi comedy like his other series but more an adventure with humorous compatriots (like a talking car named Steve) that brings in the laughs that we love.

I loved Harriet from her first appearance in Hal Spacejock #4: No Free Lunch, and it felt like a long lost friend when you get to read her origin story in Harriet Walsh #1: Peace Force. I became attached to Harriet in Alpha Minor as we not only got to see her character as a police officer but also how she handles mature decisions that could affect those around her.

This is a Great Series

This series is excellent and I am glad that I had had the opportunity to read the book before it came out and to talk to Mister Simon Haynes about his creations. If you love science fiction and are looking for something new, I recommend Alpha Minor. A long fan of Hal Spacejock and not sure? Buy it! The series has the same feel as the original series, and you will not be disappointed. I wasn’t!

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