Counterfeit Kings by Adam Connell

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Long Live the Kings!

Once a bodyguard for the King of the Io colony, Horrocks now toils in one of the brimstone moon’'s orbiting Furnaces, —a network of processing stations that harvest power from Io'’s continuous volcanic eruptions. Horrocks'’ new job is rough and unglamorous, but with his wife expecting their first child, he wants nothing more to do with the kill-or-be-killed life of a King'’s bodyguard.

Horrocks’' hopes for a stable future are shattered when an assassination attempt kills one of the King’'s sons and forces the King himself into hiding. Civil war looms as many factions compete for control of the leaderless colony.

Called back into service by the Queen, Horrocks agrees to spearhead the King’'s rescue. Now Horrocks must track down the Ringers, a new breed of bodyguard surgically altered to mimic the King, who all vanished moments after the attempted assassination. To make matters worse, Horrocks’' wife insists on joining the hunt, plunging herself and their unborn child into the kind of do-or-die danger Horrocks had worked so hard to keep them from.

Horrocks’' quest to restore his King will cost him more than even he could predict as he struggles to find the real prize hidden among the… COUNTERFEIT KINGS.

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Published May 13, 2004 by Phobos Books. 380 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Now a botched assassination attempt has killed the king's son and wounded the king, and, in its wake, the king and his Ringers have disappeared.

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And while the story moved along quickly (good), having Horrocks’ ship hobbled via loss of its Spot Drive on page 8 made it seem like they were getting nowhere in their search for the King for the remaining 372 pages (not so good).

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