Humorous space opera at its finest, Dax Harrison tells the story of a washed up former hero that gets pulled back into saving the universe just months before his much-longed-for retirement.
The four chapters I read gave me a brief glimpse into a vibrant-yet-grounded world that feels incredibly authentic, despite being set in the far future. There's something incredibly believable about Dax and his merchandise empire built around his likeness. He's treated the way we treat our sports stars, throwing endorsement deals at them and making movies about them. Only in this case Dax is known for saving the galaxy.
The third chapter is a little incongruous as its just a series of out of context notes which I assume are from the larger story. I feel that in this case I'm getting spoiled on story beats in the writer's attempt to share with us some of his best writing -- and in a story I care about, like this one, I would rather come across these gems in context and not be spoiled.
Dax Harrison reads like a combination of Firefly, Captain America, and the Stainless Steel Rat. It's funny, irreverent, and incredibly fast-paced. Anyone who loves humor, science-fiction, and relatable characters really should preorder this book because it gives you all of these in spades.