When a hero snaps, the galaxy pays.
For years, Esper has been holding in her mind the knowledge of ancient demons. Ever since reading that forbidden tome, a darkness has dwelt, gnawing at the edges of her sanity and wheedling to gain control.
When a mission to a blockaded planet goes awry, Esper finally can't hold back the darkness any longer. The darkness within gains an annoying conscience and the body of a powerful wizard.
Multiple battles ensue. First, Esper must fight alongside her crew without letting on that she's no longer the Esper they once knew. But also there's an internal struggle going on for control, influence, and the fate of everyone Esper cares about.
Who can hold back the darkness when its main enemy takes command of the fight?
Mission 9: Ship With No Name
On the planet Meyang, a plague breaks out. Earth Navy enforces a strict blockade. No one in; no one out. But that includes medical personnel. With a humanitarian crisis brewing among the rebels being quarantined, Esper and her crew step in. Launching a daring rescue mission, they break the blockade to save lives.
Mission 10: No More Mr. Nice Girl
Esper isn't playing around anymore. When her ship gets hijacked, it's time to see what a wizard can do when she's not worried about doing the right thing.
Mission 11: Magic's Little Helper
Tiffany feels like her magical training has fallen off. With Esper preoccupied and the universe no longer listening to her demands, she turns to an illicit, magic-boosting drug for a boost. But the worst time for Esper to discover that her apprentice is blasted on Starlight is when a team of wizard assassins is hot on her trail.
Mission 12: Mortanian Rhapsody
Something is horribly wrong with Esper. The dark powers she's tapped into have finally collected their due. Overcome by the darkness inside her, she's no longer the Esper everyone knew. To get her back to herself, Tiffany launches a daring mission to find the one person in the galaxy who might know how to help.
Bonus Short Story: Our Little Secret
Left to their own devices, Wesley and Kubu decide to try all the things that Esper would never have let them do if she were around.
Black Ocean: Mercy for Hire follows the exploits of a pair of do-gooder bounty hunters who care more about saving the day than getting a payday. Mercy for Hire builds on the rich Black Ocean universe and introduces a colorful cast for new and returning readers alike. Fans of vigilante justice and heroes who exemplify the word will love this series.
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