(The novel is still out on resubmission, might hear something by mid November – this is not a pursuit for the impatient LOL.)
Set in the same universe as my WRECK of the NEBULA DREAM. Andrianda (Andi) Markriss, a planetary representative for Loxton Galactic Trading, has been spending a lazy summer with her best friend in the highly exclusive summer compound of the planet Zulaire’s ruling nobility, networking. On a day when a number of strange and disturbing things have already happened, Captain Tom Deverane, Sectors Special Forces, unexpectedly shows up with a troop of soldiers and demands she leave with him. Immediately.
Andi doesn’t take this very well….in fact, she refuses to go. Later in the evening, all hell has broken loose, as the captain predicted.
Trying to avoid spoilers here, after certain “events”, she and the soldiers are on the run.
Finding a massive roadblock ahead of them, they’ve taken shelter in a rock formation, and are fighting a gallant last stand. Andi is under a psychic attack from an enemy alien and Tom is attempting to teach her a mental defense technique. Andi isn’t getting it but he won’t let her give up…small word of explanation here – early in the novel, Andi encountered a herd of near-mythological creatures of Zulaire, gazelle-like, three horned animals known as urabu…
Leaning against the rock wall, trying to get comfortable, Andi didn’t want any distraction, however small, as she figured out her mental defense. She’d already found one chink in the Betang’s armor – her genetic ability to see right through its illusions – so perhaps Tom was right and she could fight off its other powers as well.
Something on a nearby slab of the black rock caught her eye. Brushing the patina of dust away, she uncovered a small painting, faded, aged with the passage of centuries, but the figure seemed clear enough – urabu.
No one was going to think an urabu buck to death. He’d go down fighting and inflict grievous harm on the opponent – even a Betang would be hard put to get past the urabu unarmed.
So will the urabu come to assist Andi in this mental battle? The insurgents are about to renew their physical assault on the defenses Tom and his few remaining soldiers have put up….but we’re out of sentences for this week!
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