Matthew Carter, eighteen and orphaned recently due to the death of his father, continues on the family tradition of auctioneering. It is not his chosen profession, but one that is thrust upon him by circumstance.
Offered a chance to make some money by a man named Baltarus, Matthew reluctantly agrees, and to his surprise, ends up on an alien star-port where he auctions off rare items from all over the galaxy.
Matthew learns his trade and grows into it, but complications arise when he is forced to sell an alien woman named Anarra. He buys her in order to give her the freedom she desires. They become friends, and soon become lovers.
Life is good, but all that changes when he becomes a target of unknown assassins. Additionally, he is forced to sell a planet named Volarus, something that goes against his conscience.
Matthew finds out there’s more to life than making money, and races against time to find a loophole in order to stop Volarus from being next on the bidding block, as well as finding out the faceless killers who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.
Travis Borne’s review:
What am I bid for this— What! Selling planets, stars, even slaves? Now wait just a dang minute. But waiting a minute, together with a human who brought along his opinion and earthly morals, doesn’t quite sit well with aliens accustomed to having their way with things. And at the edge of the universe, in a galaxy several billion light-years away, things go awry. What a ride! The Auctioneer delivers an agglomeration of some of the weirdest and coolest, most colorful and creative aliens and alien worlds fathomable by any human brain.
Cactus man, butter-stick dude, toadlike and treelike and every type in between. Just what I needed to take my mind off things for a spell. This story sent me up and away. A fantastically fun, yet harrowing adventure, a vacation from planet Earth. And it blasts off like this…
Matthew is deviously scooped up and put to work, the first human “auctioneer” in some distant galaxy on the far side of the universe. He travels to strange worlds while meeting even stranger, cool and not-so-cool customers, all while performing his new job. It’s a job he never really wanted back home, but for some reason and as long as he’s not on Earth, he seems to excel at it. But Matthew quickly learns things don’t jive well at his new spaceport. The unpredicted happens and his plan to return to Earth as a rich man, takes a detour. Because he doesn’t take crap from the bidders. And he’s probably too fair and just. His earthly, virtuous values don’t sit well with the mega greedy and galactically powerful. And this gets him—and his new, smokin’-hot, winged and towering alien girlfriend—into hot water. Stirring the pot, trying to inject his honorable and well-intentioned principles, perhaps some revised regulations here and there, all while steadily going against the grain of his new situation, doesn’t sit well with everyone. Enemies come quickly. The hot water boils over. The auctioneer guild gets burnt. People get hurt. Becoming despised, unwanted, the culprit…
Can Matthew fix the mess he wedged himself into? Can he save seven billion people and an entire world, from annihilation? Who is behind the plot to to take him out of the equation? The plot that nearly turns him into an outcast. But, he’s clever, and his capable and wonderful and sexy girlfriend has his back. Yet will it be enough? Find out in this one-of-a-kind, out-of-this-galaxy adventure. Superbly written with flowing, fantastic prose.
J.S. Frankel’s, The Auctioneer, ROCKS! Five stars easy.
By the way, I also read Jesse’s, The Incredible Aunty Awesome sauce. It totally lived up to its title. It was AWESOME! I’m anxiously look forward to more great stories from this author.