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===Book II: Grim Tyrant Valley===
===Book II: Grim Tyrant Valley===
===Book III: Wilson 6===
===Book III: Wilson 6===
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GFL star Quentin Barnes is an orphan born into a culture that prizes family connections above all. He spent his youth struggling with poverty. When he signed his deal with the Ionath Krakens and became rich, one of the first things he did was hire a private detective to find out if his family is still alive.
The Detective is the story of that search, as seen through the eyes of Frederico Esteban Giuseppe Gonzaga — a.k.a. “Fred,” a master of disguise and a truly dangerous human. But Fred’s past is just as big a mystery as is the whereabouts of Quentin’s family. This gritty scifi/noir novel follows the tradition of ALTERED CARBON and BLADE RUNNER, giving you an anti-hero that won’t stop until the job is done.
The Detective is told in seven books and takes place over the course of a year. Occasionally, the story elements weave directly back into scenes from The All-Pro, showing the same scene from a different perspective.
|Detective Chapter||The All-Pro Chapter||Description|
|Quentin (Book III, Ch. 17)||August 2683 (Ch. 2)||Frederico flies to Wilson 6 to meet with Quentin Barnes. Fred wears a disguise as a nannite machine repairman, and meets Quentin at Smithwick's stadium during a Dinolition match.|
|Cillian (Book 7, Ch. 27)||Week Eight: Bye (Ch. 18)||Frederico has a holotank-call with Quentin Barnes, during which Quentin releases Fred from his obligation to locate Quentin's father. Gredok the Splithead has apparently already located Cillian Carbonaro and reunited the family members.|
|Torba (Book 7, Ch. 28)||Week Ten: To Pirates at Ionath Krakens (Ch. 20)||Frederico surprises Gredok and Quentin by presenting his sister, Jeanine Carbanaro.|
Book I: The Mines of MICOVI
Frederico is undercover as Caleb Cole, a miner working for the Rhingold Incorporation mines on MICOVI. Fred is surreptitiously interrogating miners to find out information about Quentin Barnes' family. Having obtained as much information as he thinks he will get, he plans to leave the mine, but is confronted by Carny, a fellow miner who showed Caleb how to properly wield the tools of the mining trade. Carny properly deduces Caleb's imminent departure, and hopes for a quick fling before Caleb leaves, but Caleb firmly turns Carny down.
Fred has nightmare flashbacks of a time when a craft he was flying for the Purist Nation military was shot down and crashed. The sole survivor, Fred panicked when he heard someone approaching the wreckage. Setting upon them immediately, Fred quickly kills the intruder, discovering too late that the person was merely a scavenger, and not an enemy combatant. During his recounting of the nightmare, fred converses with The Loa, an imaginary character Fred has created to accompany him in his nightmares as a way to constantly remind him he is only dreaming.
Having exhausted his invesigations in the mines, Fred decides to meet with Sam "Mister Sam" Sargsyan, the restaraunter who took pity on a young Quentin Barnes and took on the responsibility of feeding the rapidly-growing child. Sam gives what information he can to Fred, and reveals that Yolanda Davenport was also just asking questions about Quentin's childhood on MICOVI. Unable to provide more details about Barnes' family, Sam suggests looking through the Micovi Raiders' files.
Fred gains entrance to the stadium's offices, and begins to copy what electronic information he can when he becomes aware that something is attempting to gain entrance to the same office via the ventilation ducts. Fred positions himself to be able to capture the intruder as soon as they gain entrance, and is somewhat surprised to capture Goolie, a notorious grease-man and intergalactically wanted assassin. Fred attempts to interrogate Goolie, but Goolie summons assistance, forcing Fred to flee with his purloined data.
Book II: Grim Tyrant Valley
(Add chapter 7-9 synopsis here)
Frederico spends four days preparing his backstory, costuming and disguise in order to break into the MICOVI archives. Easily bypassing the front-desk clerk, he makes his way into the paper archives room, and finds the information he is looking for about the Carbonaro family. The information provided is not complete or correct, as they list Quentin as having died in 2671. Based on the record information, Quentin's father, Cillian Carbonaro, his mother, Constance Carbonaro, and his sister, Jeanine Carbonaro, may all still be alive.
Suddenly and swiftly attacked again by Goolie, Fred manages to get the better of the Harrah assassin. But while interrogating Goolie, another sentient attacks him from behind, gets him in a chokehold, and eventually renders Frederico unconscious. When he awakens, he discovers the paper records have been taken, but Frederico remembers the name of his next target: Alastair Britton, Grim Tyrant Valley sexton, the cemetery worker to whom the Carbonaro family remains were delivered.
Needing now to follow up with Britton, Fred enlists Carny to help him research the previously-unknown Jeanine, promising Carny a payout that will let him get off MICOVI for good.
Frederico manages to get to Alastair Britton before Goolie's goons, and takes off on a sand rail towards the burial location. Soon, they are intercepted, pursued and attacked by a larger, faster, more armored sand rail that uses an illegal plasma cannon. The brash and reckless use of technology further illustrates the desperation of Fred's pursuers, as their blatant use of contraband in the open risks bringing the Creterakians into the conflict.
Weighing the possibility of running across a live mine against the certainty of being caught and killed by their pursuers, Britton advises Frederico to head to the Elephant Graveyard, a weapons and shipping decommission dumpsite filled with hulking old shipwrecks as well as old weaponry that may or may not be deactivated. A glancing hit of the plasma cannon sends the sand rail flipping end over end, landing as another wrecked vehicle in the Elephant Graveyard.
Book III: Wilson 6
Book IV: Jupiter
Book V: MICOVI
Book VI: Ionath
Book VII: 2684 Season, Week Six
|Frederico Esteban Giuseppe Gonzaga||Private Investigator|
|Carney||Rhingold Corporation miner on MICOVI|
|Sam "Mister Sam" Sargsyan||Purist nation BBQ Restaurant Franchise owner|
|Cover Art||Edition||Country||Release Date|
|eBook||United States||October 22, 2012|
|Audiobook||United States||December 29, 2015|
|Podcast||United States||August 4, 2019|
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