Well, the first roundup of a new year. I can't believe it's come round already.
Hope you enjoy this selection of books...
Hope you enjoy this selection of books...
A deadly artificial virus is missing...
The corporation that hired her to find it wants her dead... Melanie Destin's life is a mess...
Desperate to start over, she accepts an interplanetary salvage job that will pay her enough to start a new life on Mars.
When she learns the real purpose of the mission is to recover an apocalyptic virus, everything begins to unravel...
With her life in danger and not knowing who to trust, Mel must find a way to keep the virus out of the wrong hands... If she fails, billions will die...
Rei had lost it all: her family, a safe home, and, most important, her freedom.
Despite all odds, she managed to escape and make her life among the stars. It's not easy to be a fugitive of the largest galactic power ever known. Making a living requires being flexible, and not particularly caring for things like laws or rights of property.
Even in her new life the ghosts of Rei's past refuse to leave her in peace. She's been changed by her captivity in more ways than one and the mysteries abound. There are untold questions that demand answers, but the only way she can find out the truth is to start back at the beginning.
To complicate matters, she is approached to stop her old enemies from retrieving priceless artifacts of untold knowledge. The idea is as murky as they come but they have to take the chance. Even if it might cost her crew dearly.
It all starts with an interstellar cargo barge full of corpses...
The criminal scum of the galaxy have found a new playground and its name is Jafla Base. Now Galactic Vice Detective Etch Knowles has to infiltrate that playground before the criminal syndicates end up in all-out war.
Corruption on every level of government, brutal violence around every corner, alien races that consider humans the lowest of low, and a laser blaster always pointed at his back, Knowles needs Galactic Vice Lieutenant Angie McDade and Galactic Vice Detective Kalaka to back him up. Their job is to keep Knowles from getting his head blown off or die trying.
But there are forces at work that want nothing more than for Jafla Base to burn. And some of those forces may be coming from within the Jafla Base Vice Squad itself!
New Bali is a swamp world located 20 light-years from Earth. Colonized by humans almost two hundred years before, the planet is also home to an intelligent, methane-breathing race of amphibians. The natives have a unique culture that precludes war and vengeance, but recent events have begun to unravel a once fragile peace.
Sophie Singh, heir to a vast conglomerate, must decide whether to retain her family's control of Wetworld while Brother Moises Borbon, a conflicted Jesuit researcher, races against time to unlock the true meaning behind an alien art form that might be the key to truly understanding the natives.
On the planet Fortune, tech is low and the price of doing business dangerously steep.
A year after the war with the Coalition states has ended, John Pitte and the crew of the Errant aren't just scraping the bottom of the barrel, they're scraping the deck under the bottom of the barrel.
So when a mysterious woman offers the crew salvation—or, at least a paying job—John signs on, only to discover that neither the job, nor the woman, are what they appear.
Soon, the crew of the Errant are on the run and embroiled in hive of madness and deception, while everything John hoped to save teeters on the brink of disaster.
After inciting rebellion against Earth throughout Titan's off-world colonies, Kale Trass learns that leadership isn't only about fighting. Keeping control of his people - even his own family - requires a different set of skills. Following a pivotal battle over Saturn, Kale travels deep into enemy territory under the guise of seeking peace, though peace is the last thing on his mind.
Malcolm Graves used to be an infamous Collector for a powerful Earther corporation--and then he nearly lost his life on Titan. Now he's retired. But when Kale's wake of destruction follows Malcolm to Mars and claims the life of a friend, it's time for the ex-Collector to dust off his pulse-pistol and leap back into a fight he thought he'd left behind.
With the solar system divided, heroes are few and short-lived... but someone has to put the self-proclaimed King Trass of Titan in his place.
The Ixa smashed the galaxy to bits before they were defeated. Captain Husher has sounded the alarm in the decades since: the Ixa’s creators will return to finish the job.
But unlike Husher, the galactic government didn't battle the Ixa, and the politicians have convinced themselves that maintaining peace means limiting the ability to wage war.
Now, the enemy has returned, with high-tech weapons that prove they haven’t limited their own combat capabilities in the slightest. If Captain Husher and his beleaguered supercarrier crew can't manage to stop the invaders, they will happily devour the galaxy whole.
They think they are alone.
They are mistaken.
Now they face annihilation.
For Fleet Admiral James Byrd — overworked and underpaid — a vacation is all he wanted. It only lasts five minutes and eleven seconds. When his fleet is attacked by an unknown enemy, Admiral Byrd does everything in his power to prevent genocide.
Then Admiral Byrd quickly finds out there's an even bigger problem. He's the enemy's number one target.
And it's not because he's the leader of Star Guild.
A battered but undefeated Alliance
A war they cannot win by force
A plan to turn the tide of history!
For two years, the Castle Federation and the Alliance of Free Stars have stood against Marshal James Walkingstick of the Terran Commonwealth and his mission of conquest. Battles have been won and lost, worlds have died, and soldiers like Admiral Kyle Roberts have been forged on the anvil of war.
But the Alliance cannot win. The Commonwealth has more worlds, more ships, more soldiers. They claim their victory is inevitable. That history is on their side.
Refusing to accept the Commonwealth’s future, the Alliance embarks on a do-or-die mission to end the war in one strike. If Kyle Roberts’s plan works, the Commonwealth will break.
But if it fails the Alliance will be broken.
On the fire planet of Abalon 3, an evil warlord threatens to unleash a wave of destruction in order to take control of the planet's valuable source of trioxyglobin, a dangerous but valuable liquid used for starship fuel. The only person capable of stopping him is Lianetta Jansen, a disgraced former Galactic Military Policewoman now turned smuggler, who is haunted by a terrible tragedy in her past. Along with her ragtag, wisecracking crew—the one-armed pilot Caladan, and the malfunctioning droid, Harlan5—Lia must confront her own demons, while trying to stop another.
The final battle between Mars and Earth approaches.
Forces array themselves for a showdown, and humanity’s fate lies in the balance. Thomas leads a new force of the most powerful infantry humans have ever fielded, but even that may not be enough to prevail against Earth's newest plot.
The stakes are higher than anyone knows. The secrets deeper than anyone has guessed. And the truth could free or enslave humanity forever.
After twenty five years serving as the lone human Monitor of the Interstellar Ark, Hermes, Orion is scheduled to be placed back in his hibernation chamber with the other members of the crew. Knowing that he will die there and be replaced before the ship's voyage is over, he decides that he won't accept that fate. Whatever it takes he will escape Hermes and see space again, even if it means defying the regulations of his only friend -- the ship-wide artificial intelligence known as Dan.
Tabitha has one night to challenge her past, and her belief in herself. Normally, a person would fail. However, Tabitha has an ace in the hole. A female vampire with hundreds of years of life and wisdom and she is willing to protect Tabitha and tell her the truth.
Whether Tabitha wants it, or not.
And whether the Vampire wants to hurt others is not in question. It is what her Queen would expect.
And Gabrielle will make it happen, like it or not.
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