Publisher: Colin Smythe
Released: January 26, 1976
Dom Salabos had a lot of advantages.
As heir to a huge fortune he had an excellent robot servant (with Man-Friday subcircuitry), a planet (the First Syrian Bank) as a godfather, a security chief who even ran checks on himself, and on Dom's home world even death was not always fatal.
Why then, in an age when prediction was a science, was his future in doubt?
Getting into this book was harder than I’d like. Maybe it’s my own fault, but usually when a book throws the reader into the middle of something completely new, it backtracks and spends a little time getting the reader up to speed. This book doesn’t do that, making it a bit of a challenge.
That said, once I got into The Dark Side of the Sun there was a payoff. The best thing about this book was the last few chapters. In hindsight it feels like the rest of the book was only there to lead up to the end, without providing much in itself. Yes, it’s interesting and enjoyable a lot of the time, but I just don’t feel like it gave back as much as I had to put into it, and for such a short book that is rare.