Sci-Fi Undercover — Joe Clifford Faust
Title: Desperate Measures (Book One of Angel’s Luck Trilogy)
Author: Joe Clifford Faust (wikipedia)
Publishing info: A Del Ray Book / Ballantine Books – 1989
Cover Art: David B. Mattingly (official website)
When I first saw this cover–I was sold immediately. There wasn’t a part of the artwork that didn’t intrigue me. It is such an alluring cover that not only am I overlooking the fact that this book is part one of a trilogy that I don’t own the rest of, but I am seriously considering trying to contact the artist.
Important details from the cover:
• a woman is being choked on a very large television while bar patrons watch
• a man with the shoulders of Hercules and the shirt of a Hawaiian is not enjoying his massage
* the (impressively) mustachioed masseuse, with the biceps of Mark McGuire, is very intent on his work, failing to notice that his customer is holding a pistol
• a hologram? on the table displays a hopefully consensual BDSM scene
• meanwhile, a surprisingly normal-looking individual is passed out next to a hard-pack of Marlboros
• everyone else seems content to block the exit–surely a fire hazard
After deciding that this was the next book for Sci-Fi Undercover, I braced myself and read the back cover sales pitch and . . . was pretty pleased by what I found. Impoverished and unlucky cargo-hauler captain goes against what sounds like the Chinese mafia? He teams up with a group of mercenaries, reminding me of one of my favorite novels The Warriors Apprentice (of the Vorkasigan Saga)? No regrets about starting this book.
Joe Clifford Faust has published eight novels over a career that began in the mid-80s. According to available information, he is still writing and trying to make his out-of-print novels available electronically. What I found most interesting about his website during my brief exploration was his strong Christian beliefs. It appears that Faust keeps his writing and his faith separate, a somewhat rare trait among prominent Christian authors.
Check back later to read what I thought of the novel and if you see a copy–pick one up and read it with me! Check out Faust’s list of novels and their incredible foreign covers. All I know is that I would pay real money for this absolutely awesome Japanese one.