Nyx Malache is one of the books in the Nyx science fiction series by publisher, editor and wonderfully inventive writer Tyree Campbell.
The main character is Nyx, a cold blooded assassin for an organization known as Blacklight- an organization that does not officially exist. Her boss, a mysterious and coldly analytical figure, has dispatched her to the tropical planet Malache to kill a courier who is about to transfer classified information. When her contact identifies the wrong target, Nyx kills the wrong man. Ordered back for damage control, she finds herself in the middle of an intercorporate and transgalactic conflict where both sides want her dead. If that were not enough, she learns that an old nemesis, the only person ever to defeat her,
As the backcover further explains, “her only allies are the lemuroid, pacifist, sexually-tilted Malasy, and an anthropologist of questionable loyalties. To win this one, Nyx has to recover her lost femininity and make the coldest sacrifice of all.”
I recommend this book to any reader. It is an electric congruence of action, style and brain bending explorations of everything we hold in sacred awe or that causes our prehensile DNA to cringe. It is wildly but tastefully populated with sexual divergences, cold blooding killings and a female lead character unlike any you have ever met. These days female assassins are a dime a dozen, but none of them holds a candle to Nyx. She’s what you’d expect if the little girl in the movie ”The Professional” grew up and went to work for a power hungry intergalactic corporation as their assassin in chief.
Although the books is only just under 200 pages in length, you’re going to be amazed at the levels of character and plot complexities that booby-trap this story. Definitely worth buying along with the others in this series. You can find it at Sam’s Dot Publishing or your favorite online bookstore.
After you read this book, you’ll realize that although Tyree Campbell may look like a nice enough guy, underneath his gentle exterior lurks a dangerous mind.