The Deep Space Cargoist
The Loneliness of the
Deep Space Cargoist
The Languid Belly
of the Beast
The Hands That
Pull the Strings
“A dazzling debut.” – The Prairies Book Review
Alone. Afraid. Fighting to survive.
A collision with space debris has left a gigantic hole in Inez Stanton’s ship, nearly crippling it. Inez is a cargoist, that rare breed of adventurer who takes to deep space solo, ferrying valuable cargo for the Tenth Great and Glorious Browns Company. Now she’s in a race against her own rig’s spaceworthiness, and that might not be the worst part.
The totalitarian Free Earth, led by the populist Brother Lin, has also lost a ship on this lane, and is intent on finding out why. The Company wants their cargo delivered and can make Inez’s life very difficult if she doesn’t succeed. With the nearest waystation three days away, death in the cold vacuum of space is a distinct possibility as well.
The clock is ticking for her to deliver her cargo. But will she want to when she finds out what she’s actually carrying?
“An exhilarating ride.” — The Prairies Book Review
The job: Deliver one revolutionary for hire to a secret meeting.
The catch: He needs to be delivered to Earth. THE Earth. Ancestral home of humanity and the seat of power for the paradoxically named Free Earth.
If it wasn’t for the money, Inez would never have taken this job. If she was given the option not to take it, which come to think of it she definitely wasn’t. Inez is a cargoist, and while this charming man is not cargo, this was still her vocation.
While she is enjoying the new cloak and dagger job, she won’t be able to do it alone. She needs someone who can get her past the Free Earth security computers, which means reconnecting with Sara Ringwald. Sara, her ex-lover and eternal question mark in Inez’s past. Sara, the daughter of the man she killed. Sara, who is most definitely up to something.
As they get ever closer to Earth, one thing becomes very clear: Suddenly, her jobs have consequences, and Inez is not sure she wants to pay them.
Paradise is only skin deep.
After the last several weeks, Inez Stanton is taking a well-deserved vacation. She’s on an all-inclusive luxury resort moon, on her own, with a few thousand other people taking up space around her. She hates it.
After a week of free drinks and avoiding people as much as possible, Inez finally has a plan for a quiet day on the beach. She didn’t count on the Free Earth battle cruiser blocking the twin suns, or the mystery ship that showed up shortly after.
She also wasn’t counting on her biological father showing up with his marines, or the explosive confrontation that was coming.
Suddenly the rest and relaxation she was looking for is nowhere in sight, replaced by a fight for survival. Refugees, marines, unknown aliens, and new friends who just want to get away from their getaway.
Coming January 12, 2021!