‘Desh hated interstellar travel but when ordered to complete his last mission he has no choice. One more and he would be free. Remembering each mission as he fingered the beads a smooth red one for the first kill a fresh kill just out of guild school. The second bead a mottled green one for poisoning a minor government functionary followed by a third bead a bitted black one that represents the kill of an unfaithful husband leaving one last space and one more kill. Working his way out of poverty and hoping to get more money he agreed to the terms of the guild. Completing fifty percent of the missions would yield him that much of the commission money but this time the mark or the person being targeted was a businessman whose practices went against that of the guild. Missions were not chosen and failure to complete them successfully meant sure death. Training was rough and the end result was shown on a video that he watched which would show him what happens when someone fails. The end result would be his freedom and he would not have to look at any more victims or pleading faces.
The target was an industrial baron who owned several interplanetary conglomerates and whose draconian business practices went against that of the guild. His job was to take him out anyway that he could. The author takes readers inside the ship he uses to enter the planet and explains the gangway and the low gravity and thin atmosphere that he needed to deal with. Added in he hoped that the pilot would be there when and if the mission was completed. However, Desh is not the only one seeking out this man the job was contracted out to local contractors and if he did not get there first he would not be the victor. With being affiliated with the guild the personnel that he had access to was never disappointing. Security was tight and the primary option for Desh was to hit and run and get out really fast. The dangers from not getting his target would be deadly. The date and time stamp was checked and even the local contractor would be ready within a week to make his move. By that time Desh might miss his opportunity and the target would be dead. The target was a man named Lloyds and from his intel he learned that he was alive.
Body armor ready and utility belt placed and his comm.-piece in his ear he was ready to go and made sure he had a radio check and the pilot could hear him. A plan that had to be precision ready and as he and the pilot went over the details the reader might realize that the pilot was not happy about his role in this mission but he had a debt to pay as Desh did of his own and this was the only way he would be able to pay it.
As Desh enters the planet with no security in sight the author describes the area and Lloyds worth. Small stage set up and the ceremony to begin we witness with Desh this man arriving with his body guards in place. As Desh pretended to study a food menu and its options at the nearest food stall he let those approach go by and he began to relax. But, things do not always go the way you think they will and the bodyguards were on high alert and made sure that the target was protected trying to avoid the contractors. But the action was fast, the gunfire deadly and Desh drew his pistols and the end result was quite unique. Imagine the fear as he yelled that he was part of the InterStellar Police and the death of an officer would mean a death sentence. But, Desh was smart and the end result you just won’t believe as Desh now had to make sure that the pilot was with him and that he would make it out. Desh did not have the same feeling about doing these missions and make sure that you go in with everything you have. Does he make it out? What about the target? Does he see him go down? What does he need to prove his victory or defeat? Fast paced and quite a rapid read. Last Pursuit will make you wonder what Desh might be in for next? Will he give it up or will the lure of money keep him in the game. Will he get the target? Will this be Desh’s Last Pursuit?
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