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I’m excerpting Hostage To The Stars, which was released in June. Edited from published version. I’ll do one more snippet from it next week, probably Johnny’s first meeting with Sara, and then move on.
Since so many people were concerned what Johnny would do next, once he learned of the existence of the other kidnap victim, he guides the squad of soldiers he’s with, and Ms. Immer safely to the pickup point in the hills, which was his formal assignment. Then he goes to find everyone’s most hated captain. Here’s that snippet.
“Just fyi, I’m goin’ for the other woman,” Johnny said.
“Who the hell do you think you are, sergeant? You don’t get to change mission parameters to suit yourself – I don’t care if you’re in the goddamn Special Forces or not, I gave you a direct order. We’re not going after any other civilians this trip.”
“No, you’re not, I see that,” Johnny couldn’t keep the contempt out of his voice, “In my branch of the service, we don’t leave people behind. In case it’s escaped your notice, I’m not under your command – Special Forces operates independently.”
Holding his pulse rifle where it could conveniently be considered a threat by Captain Scortun if he was feeling paranoid, Johnny backed away.
“We’re not waiting for you,” Scortun yelled, “When our shuttle lands, we’re gone.”
“Good riddance,” Johnny said under his breath, as he faded into the underbrush and slipped away down the steep hillside.
He rescued her from space pirates … but can he keep them both safe from the far greater evil stalking a deserted planet?
Space travel without Kidnap & Ransom insurance? Not a good idea. University instructor and researcher Sara Bridges can’t afford it, so when pirates board her cruise liner, she’s taken captive along with the mistress of a wealthy man, and brought to a deserted planet. When a military extraction team sent to rescue the mistress refuses to take Sara too, she’s left to the mercies of a retired Special Forces soldier, along as consultant.
Reluctantly reactivated and coerced into signing up for the rescue operation to the planet Farduccir where he once was deployed, Sgt. Johnny Danver just wants to get the job done. But when the team leader leaves one captured woman behind, he breaks away to rescue her himself.
As Johnny and Sara traverse the barren landscape, heading for an abandoned base where they hope to call Sectors Command for help, they find villages destroyed by battle and stripped of all inhabitants. A lone survivor tells a horrific tale of the Sectors’ alien enemy, the Mawreg, returning after being pushed out …
Searching for evidence to give the military, Johnny is captured. He regains consciousness in a Mawreg cage–with Sara next to him. Death is preferable to what the aliens will do to them… And even if they do escape their captors, can they alert the military in time to prevent another invasion of the Sectors?