This is the first episode of the ongoing sci-fi serial featuring the all-too-human Jim Able.
Jim works in outer space. Although he has returned to duty after a disastrous encounter on a previous assignment, he is determined to enjoy his work. His boss may be on his case, but he still manages to drink a little too much, to eat dubious food, and to smell the alien flora.
In the first episode, Jim is sent to Turcanis Major V to solve a mystery but with strict instructions not to start a war. Will he find the alien calling himself “Edward of Turcania”? Will he discover who has qualified for the First Contact fee? Will he accidentally foment a revolution?
With the help of a local female scientist, Madhar Nect, Jim investigates the religious minority of TMV’s main moon. He calls on all his patience, determination, and improvisation to finally secure an interview with a Regdenir. And then the trouble starts...
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The story continues in SOPHA.
An amazon Reviewer says:
“Thoroughly enjoyed reading this entertaining, intriguing and fast paced series. I was impressed that the author was able to touch on a number of themes - especially the "science vs. religion conflict" without interrupting the narrative. I appreciate how well the author was able to describe future technology with just enough detail to make the story plausible without distracting the reader.
This is a saga but done with a light touch. It's disarming and, before you realize it, you're hooked!”