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Child of a Mad God: A Tale of the Coven Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765395276
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Published: Tom Doherty Associates - February 6th, 2018

When Aoelyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions, she dreams of escaping to the world beyond her mountain home.

The only hopefor achieving the kind of freedom she searches for is to learn how to wield the mysterious power used by the tribe's coven known as the Song of Usgar. Thankfully, Aoelyn may be the strongest witch to have ever lived, but magic comes at price. Not only has her abilities caught the eye of the brutish warlord that leads the tribe, but the demon of the mountain hunts all who wield the Coven's power, and Aoelyn's talent has made her a beacon in the night.


Nemo Rising Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765376350
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Published: Tor Books - December 26th, 2017

An exciting sequel to the Captain Nemo adventures enjoyed by millions in Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo's submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant's chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize...


The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at the University of California San Diego seeks to understand, enhance and enact the gift of human imagination by bringing together the inventive power of science and technology, with the critical analysis of the humanities, and the expressive insight of the arts.

2001: A Space Odyssey Cover Image
By Arthur C. Clarke, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780143111573
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Published: Penguin Books - October 25th, 2016

The classic science fiction novel—the basis for Stanley Kubrick’s immortal 1968 film—that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves.

From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man ventures to the outer rim of our solar system, *2001: A Space Odyssey* is a journey unlike any other.

This allegory about humanity’s exploration of the universe—and the universe’s reaction to humanity—is a hallmark achievement in storytelling that follows the crew of the spacecraft *Discovery* as they embark on a mission to Saturn. Their vessel is controlled by HAL 9000, an artificially intelligent supercomputer capable of the highest level of cognitive functioning that rivals—and perhaps threatens—the human mind.

Grappling with space exploration, the perils of technology, and the limits of human power, *2001: A Space Odyssey* continues to be an enduring classic of cinematic scope.


2001: A Space Odyssey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101664155
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Published: Ace - August 31st, 2000

2001: A Space Odyssey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451457998
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Published: Ace Books - September 12th, 2000

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At the Table of Wolves Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481487788
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Published: Saga Press - July 11th, 2017

Kay Kenyon’s At the Table of Wolves is everything you like in WWII spy thrillers – louche British aristocrats of dubious loyalty, charming but diabolical Nazis hiding dreadful plots against England, a wonderfully strong, intelligent heroine pressed to her limit to save the day – but with psychic powers thrown into the mix. Kim Tavistock has the power to get people to confess their deepest secrets without intending or realizing it. She is up against a Nazi spy with hidden talents of his own, working in league with a mole at the heart of British intelligence. Will Kim discover their deadly secrets before the Nazi plots bring England to her knees? Read At the Table of Wolves to find out! A fun, fast read. Highly recommended!

— From David's Diamonds


Bright of the Sky Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781591028253
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Published: Pyr - August 4th, 2010

ay Kenyon, noted for her science fiction world-building, has in this new series created her most vivid and compelling society, the Universe Entire. In a land-locked galaxy that tunnels through our own, the Entire is a bizarre and seductive mix of long-lived quasi-human and alien beings gathered under a sky of fire, called the bright. A land of wonders, the Entire is sustained by monumental storm walls and an exotic, never-ending river. Over all, the elegant and cruel Tarig rule supreme.

Into this rich milieu is thrust Titus Quinn, former star pilot, bereft of his beloved wife and daughter who are assumed dead by everyone on earth except Quinn. Believing them trapped in a parallel universe—one where he himself may have been imprisoned—he returns to the Entire without resources, language, or his memories of that former life. He is assisted by Anzi, a woman of the Chalin people, a Chinese culture copied from our own universe and transformed by the kingdom of the bright. Learning of his daughter’s dreadful slavery, Quinn swears to free her. To do so, he must cross the unimaginable distances of the Entire in disguise, for the Tarig are lying in wait for him. As Quinn’s memories return, he discovers why. Quinn’s goal is to penetrate the exotic culture of the Entire—to the heart of Tarig power, the fabulous city of the Ascendancy, to steal the key to his family’s redemption.

But will his daughter and wife welcome rescue? Ten years of brutality have forced compromises on everyone. What Quinn will learn to his dismay is what his own choices were, long ago, in the Universe Entire. He will also discover why a fearful multiverse destiny is converging on him and what he must sacrifice to oppose the coming storm.

This is high-concept SF written on the scale of Philip Jose Farmer’s Riverworld, Roger Zelazny’s Amber Chronicles, and Dan Simmons’s Hyperion.


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Noir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062433978
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Published: William Morrow & Company - April 17th, 2018

San Francisco. Summer, 1947. A dame walks into a saloon . . .

It's not every afternoon that an enigmatic, comely blonde named Stilton (like the cheese) walks into the scruffy gin joint where Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin tends bar. It's love at first sight, but before Sammy can make his move, an Air Force general named Remy arrives with some urgent business. 'Cause when you need something done, Sammy is the guy to go to; he's got the connections on the street.

Meanwhile, a suspicious flying object has been spotted up the Pacific coast in Washington State near Mount Rainer, followed by a mysterious plane crash in a distant patch of desert in New Mexico that goes by the name Roswell. But the real weirdness is happening on the streets of the City by the Bay.

When one of Sammy's schemes goes south and the Cheese mysteriously vanishes, Sammy is forced to contend with his own dark secrets--and more than a few strange goings on--if he wants to find his girl.

Think Raymond Chandler meets Damon Runyon with more than a dash of Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes All Stars. It's all very, very Noir. It's all very, very Christopher Moore.


Secondhand Souls Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061779794
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 10th, 2016

In San Francisco, the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing--and you know that can't be good--in New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore's delightfully funny sequel to A Dirty Job.

Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone--or something--is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He's trapped in the body of a fourteen-inch-tall "meat puppet" waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host.

To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motley crew of heroes will band together: the seven-foot-tall death merchant Minty Fresh; retired policeman turned bookseller Alphonse Rivera; the Emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, Bummer and Lazarus; and Lily, the former Goth girl. Now if only they can get little Sophie to stop babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind . . .


The Serpent of Venice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061779770
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 17th, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in The Serpent of Venice, a satiric Venetian gothic that brings back the Pocket of Dog Snogging, the eponymous hero of Fool, along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, Jeff.

Venice, a long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy of Britain and France, and widower of the murdered Queen Cordelia: the rascal Fool Pocket.

This trio of cunning plotters--the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago--have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising an evening of spirits and debauchery with a rare Amontillado sherry and Brabantio's beautiful daughter, Portia.

But their invitation is, of course, bogus. The wine is drugged. The girl isn't even in the city limits. Desperate to rid themselves once and for all of the man who has consistently foiled their grand quest for power and wealth, they have lured him to his death. (How can such a small man, be such a huge obstacle?). But this Fool is no fool . . . and he's got more than a few tricks (and hand gestures) up his sleeve.


The Gone World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399167508
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 6th, 2018

Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In Western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL's family--and to locate his teenage daughter, who has disappeared. Though she can't share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra--a ship assumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL's experience with the future has triggered this violence.

 

Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, seeking evidence or insight that will crack the present-day case. To her horror, the future reveals that it's not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work, for what she witnesses rising over time's horizon and hurtling toward the present is the Terminus: the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself.

 

Luminous and unsettling, The Gone World bristles with world-shattering ideas yet remains at its heart an intensely human story.


Tomorrow and Tomorrow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425275412
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 5th, 2015

Pittsburgh is John Dominic Blaxton's home even though the city has been uninhabitable ruin and ash for the past decade. The Pittsburgh Dominic lives in is the Archive, an immersive virtual reconstruction of the city's buildings, parks, and landmarks, as well as the people who once lived there. Including Dominic's wife and unborn child.

 

When he's not reliving every recorded moment with his wife in an endless cycle of desperation and despair, Dominic investigates mysterious deaths preserved in the Archive before Pittsburgh's destruction. His latest cold case is the apparent murder of a woman whose every appearance is deliberately being deleted from the Archive.

 

Obsessed with uncovering this woman's identity and what happened to her, Dominic follows a trail from the virtual world into reality. But finding the truth buried deep within an illusion means risking his sanity and his very existence...


As Mysterious Galaxy approaches our 25th Birthday Bash, we thought it would be fun to mark the occasion of our third Holiday Season in the Balboa storefront – AKA the still-new-to-us-and-many-of-you store! We are celebrating the occasion with our dragon-centric party, featuring local authors, activities and songs, and cake from CAKE, San Diego's multi-award-winning premier bakery for wedding & special occasion cakes!

Dough Knights and Dragons Cover Image
By Dee Leone, George Ermos (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781454921417
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - October 3rd, 2017

In a mythical kingdom, a curious knight and an amiable dragon meet and instantly bond over their shared love of baking. But according to the law, the two must duel one another. Can the unlikely pair find a way to evade the law and save their friendship? Full color. 


Dragon Lad: Tale of the Talisman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780996383936
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Published: Dragon's Egg Books - November 30th, 0002

Magic and adventure abound in this second book in the Dragon Lad trilogy.

The Tale of the Talisman follows our young dragon-hatched hero as he seeks his parents, his past and his destiny in Roman-ruled Britannia. A boy without a history-at least one that he can remember-Dirk turns to his shape-shifting friends for help. They launch him on a quest involving the one clue he has to his previous existence: a magic talisman.

The wizard Beldor gives Dirk a ring that allows him to reenter the realm he thought he'd left behind. Armed with this ring and a magic map, he travels a trail leading to a raging dragon, a slippery mermaid, two grasping sorcerers and a legion of Roman soldiers. He also rediscovers a long-lost friend and powers he never imagined.


Scourge of the Red Dragon: Book One of the Tyler Chronicles Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781537061092
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - August 26th, 2016

An evil dragon... A kingdom in peril... One boy who can save them... Two Years have passed since the defeat of Vileroth in the strange game world of Savage Island. Now eight years old, Tyler believes his adventures in other worlds are done and he can resume being a normal kid. However he is wrong. Awakening from a nap, he finds himself on a deserted beach. Entering a nearby cave for shelter, he encounters the Red Dragon, Thraxus. Angered at the intrusion, he places Tyler in a deep, magical sleep and causes his dormant volcano to erupt, sending a tsunami across the sea towards the nearby island and wreaking monstrous devastation upon the kingdom of Kaelendyr. Waking five years later in a teenage body, Tyler finds himself blamed for the catastrophe and that the kingdom continues to suffer from earthquakes and tsunamis since Thraxus' ruinous onslaught. In a chance encounter with the weakened king, he is asked to accompany his new friends James the wizard and David the Chon knight on a quest to save both king and kingdom from the ravages of a powerful evil and defeat Thraxus at all costs!


Dragon Coast Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765328571
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Published: Tor Books - September 15th, 2015

Daniel's adopted son Sam, made from the magical essence of the tyrannical Hierarch of Southern California whom Daniel overthrew and killed, is lost-consumed by the great Pacific firedrake secretly assembled by Daniel's half-brother, Paul.

But Sam is still alive and aware, in magical form, trapped inside the dragon as it rampages around Los Angeles, periodically torching a neighborhood or two.

Daniel has a plan to rescue Sam. It will involve the rarest of substances, axis mundi, pieces of the bones of the great dragon at the center of the Earth. Daniel will have to go to the kingdom of Northern California, boldly posing as his half-brother, come to claim his place in the competition to be appointed Lord High Osteomancer of the Northern Kingdom. Only when the Northern Hierarch, in her throne room at Golden Gate Park, raises her scepter to confirm Daniel in his position will he have an opportunity to steal the axis mundi-under the gaze of the Hierarch herself.

And that's just the first obstacle.


 

When the Skies Fall: The Gray Wars: Volume 2 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781945572685
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Published: Rare Bird Books - December 19th, 2017

The Boxti destroyed one planet and invaded another. They bled humanity to the breaking point. Then they disappeared. In the sudden reprieve, startling rumors chip away at the tenuous alliance between humanity and the alien refugees, the Nangolani.

 

Kaileen Nuvarian, hotheaded bomber-pilot, awaits a court-martial for her insubordination during the alien attack. If she loses her case, she could face a firing squad. Her new friend, ace fighter Cameron Davis, is busy fighting.

 

Meanwhile, on a top-secret planet, seven soldiers enter a mysterious training facility that promises a future for humanity. Josh Rantz, the recently promoted lieutenant, wonders what he will sacrifice to achieve such a lofty goal.

 

Rebel leader Jonah Blightman activates his plan to bring down the Terran government, starting with the controversial leader of the free worlds, Alexander Burton. But behind the scenes, a shadowy cabal of powerful men and women control the true power of the four colonies.

 

While the exhausted leaders of humanity and the Nangolani struggle to prepare for the coming war, the Boxti awaken an ancient and terrible beast: A weapon from another era, with the power to destroy the humans once and for all.


When the Stars Fade: The Gray Wars: Volume 1 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781942600091
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Published: Rare Bird Books - December 8th, 2015

It's the year 2236, and humanity can't catch a break.

 

While we're licking our wounds from a bloody civil war, two alien armadas stumble into the Solar System fighting one of their own. At odds are the fearsome Boxti Horde and their ancient enemies, the Nangolani.

 

Naturally, we can't resist picking sides and joining the fight, but after several crushing defeats, we're forced to open Pandora's Box to win the war: A top-secret special forces program.

 

Meanwhile, a hotshot starfighter has his mettle tested when the war separates him from his best friend and favorite wingman.

 

Tech-savvy and full of action, humor, and intrigue, When The Stars Fade is the first in a six-book series, The Gray Wars


Time Shards Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781785654527
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Published: Titan Books (UK) - January 30th, 2018

It's called "the Event." An unimaginable cataclysm in the 23rd century shatters 600 million years of the Earth's timeline into jumbled fragments. Our world is gone: instantly replaced by a new one made of shattered remnants of the past, present and future, all existing alongside one another in a nightmare patchwork of different time "shards"--some hundreds of miles long and others no more than a few feet across.

 

San Diego native Amber Richardson is stranded on a tiny fragment of 21st century Britain surrounded by a Pleistocene wilderness. She crosses paths with Cam, a young warrior of a tribe from Roman Britannia, and together they struggle to survive--only to be imprisoned by Cromwellian soldiers. One of their captives is a man who Amber calls "Merlin, and who claims to be the 23rd century scientist responsible for the Event. Together they must escape and locate Merlin's ship before the damage to the timeline is irreparable.


The Spawn of Lilith Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781785652608
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Published: Titan Books (UK) - June 27th, 2017

Out of the spotlight, in the darker corners of the studio backlots, Hollywood hides a remarkable secret. Actor or actress, set designer, electrician, best boy, or grip--in la-la land, it pays not to be human. Vampires, succubae, trolls, elementals, goblins--studios hire anyone and anything that can take direction, be discreet, and not eat the extras. (The less you know about your agent, the better.) 
Though only human, stuntwoman and struggling actress Lee Striga is a member of the legendary Katz Stunt Crew. They're the best in the biz, in part because they can y, and boast superhuman strength. 
When Lee lands a job on the movie Pale Dreamer, however, not everyone is following the script. It's up to her to gure out who--or what--is killing the cast and crew. Especially when Lee goes from stuntwoman to lead role... and the next target.


Plague World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780857686374
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Published: Titan Books (UK) - August 26th, 2014

The thrilling conclusion of the zombie apocalypse begun in PLAGUE TOWN and continued in PLAGUE NATION! The zombie plague has gone airborne, and the conspiracy that began it all reaches the boiling point. 
Having been ambushed in San Francisco, which is now fully engulfed in the zombie plague, Ashley and the wild cards must pursue the enemy to San Diego. There they will discover a splinter of their own organization, the Dolofonoi tou Zontanous Nekrous, which seeks to weaponize the plague. But that isn't the worst news. The plague has gone airborne, making it transferable without physical contract. It cannot be controlled by anyone, so reports of the zombie swarm are coming in from across the United States - and across the world.


Go-Between Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616958305
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Published: Soho Crime - July 11th, 2017


An all-too-realistic thriller about for-profit prisons, big-money politics, shady non-profits, the war on drugs--and the people who would kill to keep the system intact

 

Emily runs a successful bistro in Humboldt County, California, where she lives with her boyfriend, Jeff, a volunteer firefighter. A lot of her best customers are in the cannabis business, but so what? It's true, firefighting isn't really Jeff's main job--that would be flying Humboldt's finest weed to out-of-state customers. And sure, he isn't really Emily's boyfriend, more like the guy she's stuck with by circumstance. Actually, his name is Danny, not Jeff, and Emily's real name is Michelle Mason, although no one can ever know that. She's on the run from her past--which has just caught up with her. Gary, an ex-CIA agent who got her and Danny into this whole mess, has just shown up in Humboldt County. Michelle should have killed him when she had the chance, but now she's stuck playing Gary's game--and if she loses, she or someone close to her will pay the ultimate price.


Communication Failure Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481486903
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Published: Saga Press - November 7th, 2017

In this sequel to Mechanical Failure, a threat of a neighboring human-inhabited system forces Captain Rogers to declare war, and the math-happy Thelicosan fleet offers an ultimatum: surrender Rogers, or everyone dies. Captain Rogers has suddenly become the Admiral of the 331st Meridan fleet, but spies aboard his ship are giving information to the rival Thelicosan command. They believe that they have finally found someone to fulfill the Thelicosan's destiny--and are willing to break a two hundred year peace agreement for it. Now, the 331st must stop the invasion of a strong and determined enemy, while re-learning how to use half the equipment they have, since almost no one has fired a weapon in those two hundred years. War can be hell, especially when no one knows what is going on.


Mechanical Failure Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481459266
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Published: Saga Press - June 14th, 2016

A smooth-talking ex-sergeant, accustomed to an easygoing peacetime military, unexpectedly re-joins the fleet and finds soldiers preparing for the strangest thing--war.

 

The two hundred years' (and counting) peace is a time of tranquility that hasn't been seen since...well, never. Mankind in the Galactic Age had finally conquered war, so what was left for the military to do but drink and barbecue? That's the kind of military that Sergeant R. Wilson Rogers lived in before he left the fleet to become a smuggler.

 

But it turns out that smuggling is hard. Like getting-arrested-for-dealing-with-pirates-and-forced-back-into-service kind of hard. It doesn't seem so bad--the military was a perpetual tiki party anyway--but when Rogers returns after only a year away, something has changed. These are soldiers-- actual soldiers doing actual soldier things like preparing for a war that Rogers is sure doesn't exist. Rogers vows to put a stop to all this nonsense--even if it means doing actual work.


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