Oracle is the second book in the Penelope Bailey trilogy.
**Note: While they are no spoilers for this book in this review, this is a sequel to Soothsayer and there will be some spoilers for that one here. Oracle is sufficiently developed to be read on it's own, but it' much better to read the series in order.**
The Penelope Bailey series is set in the same universe as Resnick's stand alone novel Santiago, a setting where larger than life characters face life not dissimilar to that of the wild west, except that in this case it spans planets. It's been fourteen years since the little girl referred to as the Soothsayer escaped numerous bounty hunters and other dangers and disappeared with the creature known as Mock Turtle, leaving friend and foe alike scorched in her wake. The Iceman, the only survivor, has searched for her on and off without success, until someone comes in with information about a mysterious Oracle, and an offer to hire him to bring her in. But what moves are the right ones when dealing with a being who can manipulate the future?
Oracle has the engaging atmosphere and style as Soothsayer and Resnick's other Far Future stories. Whistler and the Injun are interesting, diverse characters and serve well as central foci for the action and intrigue of this story. And the Iceman continues to be one of my favorite characters ever.
While the third book in the trilogy (Prophet) feels a little tighter and a tad better paced (Oracle slows a bit in the middle), the overall plot and story twists make Oracle my favorite of the three. The entire trilogy is well done and tells a great overarching story, while letting each book contain a complete tale on their own.