About the Book
Book: Maxine Justice: Galactic Attorney
Author: Daniel Schwabauer
Genre: Science Fiction
Release date: March 29, 2022
Can Justice Save the Earth from Extinction?
Maxine Justice is an ambulance-chasing lawyer desperate for relevance and cash when aliens hire her to represent them before the United Nations. An off-planet consortium wants to heal humanity of every natural disease in exchange for 30% of Earth’s gold reserves.
The deal launches Max to legal stardom and makes her an international target for assassins. New Pharma, Sky Cross, MediCorp—the big medical companies all have good reasons to want Max out of the way. Worse, she discovers her alien clients may be planning something more sinister than anyone has imagined.
Can a lawyer who failed the bar exam three times find some way to save the world from global and interstellar conspiracies? Or will humankind’s future end in a galactic courtroom?
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About the Author
Daniel Schwabauer, M.A., is a lifelong reader of speculative fiction. He studied the genre under science fiction great James Gunn before graduating with honors from Kansas University’s Masters program in Creative Writing. Winner of the Eric Hoffer and Ben Franklin awards for his middle grade fantasy series, The Legends of Tira-Nor, Daniel enjoys riding his motorcycle on country roads and pondering other worlds. He lives in Kansas City with his wife and dog.
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What in the World is a Galactic Attorney?
Maxine Justice: Galactic Attorney started as a short story concept I began twenty-five years ago but never finished. Back then I thought it would be interesting to write about a hostile takeover of the planet by aliens. But instead of using advanced weaponry and space ships, my aliens would conquer Earth the way modern corporations subsume smaller competitors—through the law.
The main problem with my original story idea was the lack of a suitable hero. It wasn’t until 2018 that an off-handed remark from my daughter provided the inspiration I needed to rethink the entire storyline, and an irrepressible, snarky young lawyer named Maxine strode into my imagination and began a hostile takeover of her own.
Yes, this story was going to have aliens in it, but the aliens were not humanity’s real problem. Our real problem was the medical industry. And the insurance industry. And the Department of Justice. And the whole legal profession. Our real problem was ourselves. (Maxine’s problem was that she had no money and no clients, though she did have an axe to grind and a very good reason to give it a fine edge.)
What if Maxine’s search for real solutions to our most corrupt systems led her to realize that Earth’s doom may not come through the cleverness of intergalactic adversaries, but via the corruption of its apex predator?
Could Justice save Earth from extinction then?
I love reading different genres that get me out of my comfort zone. This book is definitely different but in a really good way. The creativity the author shows is great as he delivers a story that takes us to a far away world in the universe. Oh how I loved the descriptions that made me feel like I was on a space station. The author then throws in a lawyer that is like no one we have ever met.
Maxine Justice is gritty, a little gullible, somewhat wanting to do the right thing kind of character that you cheer for. Struggling in her business, a client comes to her with a case that seems too good to be true. The decision to take on the client unleashes a whirlwind of danger, lies and most of all greed. Maxine’s instincts are good but she ignores them at times. I think she wanted to believe that everyone was on the up and up so she would not feel guilty when things started falling apart.
I loved the distinguished Singh who was a robot that is programmed to give wisdom. His quotes from the Bible were placed perfectly in the story. He was more than a robot to Maxine. She thought of him as a friend who watched out for her and tried to lead her to make the right decisions. The character reminded me of our conscience. We know right from wrong, but will we always follow good?
The story turns to greed as lies are exposed. I kept thinking that Maxine didn’t read the fine print on the contract she signed and that was going to be costly for her. Many questions popped into my head as I read the story. If there was a cure for all medical issues would the pharmaceutical companies support it? At what point do we give complete control to a company that says they have our best interest at heart? Maxine faces off against a group that is deceitful and greedy. I loved following her as she makes decisions that could either save the world or destroy it.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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