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EPIC SPACE OPERA ADVENTURE!
In this fifth installment of the Colonel Landry Space Adventure Series, Amira is this novella's title character. She is the beautiful young jungle woman on the distant planet of Crucida. She is the leader of the humanoid tribes fighting cruel opposing tribes led by the humanoid named Aku.
Stranded on the planet twenty-five years ago when her Earth scientist parents' starcraft crashed in an electro-magnetic storm, Amira was abducted as a five-year-old by the planet's race of sentient, telepathic wolf -like creatures. She has become the warrior queen of Crucida and the "wolves" fight along side her in fierce battles against Aku.
Colonel Landry vilsirs the planet in the starcraft Aurora. He dispatches military leader Colonel Martin Goldstein (from the third novel, "Final Battle") and his batallion of soldiers to investigate whether the Krull, a cruel but advanced race from the Andromeda galaxy, are interfering in the planet's status quo and providing 25th Century weaponry and military aid to tribesmen seeking to overwhelm Amira's forces. Landry refuses to believe that his old friend is a Krull collaborator.
But when Colonel Goldstein learns the truth about Aku, he joins forces with Amira in a hopeless quest against all odds to defeat Aku's armies. which fight alongside high-tech Krull soldiers. The ultimate outcome of Amira's struggle with Aku and his forces is both tragic and poignant, but nonetheless embodies a triumph of the human spirit against overwhelming evil.
"Amira" is a modern re-telling of the classic "Amazon woman" story in the context of science-fiction space opera with a litte original Star Trek and a dash of Avatar thrown in for good measure. The story spans a period of twenty-five years, and with agile resort to flashback and omniscient author narrative, the reader barely notices the transitions between the involved time frames.