In a few hundred years, the Algol system becomes humanity’s new home. The question is: Is it a better one?
Contract of Defiance, Contract of Betrayal, and Contract of War follow former Corpsmember Aly Erikson and her crew of anti-Admin smugglers through ever-escalating life-and-death adventures and the trials of a living on the side of liberty and freedom—whether they agree with the law or not. Most are no strangers to fighting and dissent, but more than anything, they want to spend their lives flying under the radar without control or interference from the system’s central government, The Political and Capital Administration of the Advanced Worlds, aka, the Admin. But the Admin's greed-drenched dualism of power and corruption has other plans, and throughout the series, Aly and her crew are reminded of one lesson time and again: when all other options run out, never let go of your gun.
CONTRACT OF DEFIANCE
When a crew of arms smugglers botches their latest job, Corps-deserter and crewmember, Aly Erikson, is separated from her brother, the only person she can trust, and left behind to fight for her life. In the aftermath, as she tries to piece together what happened, a crew of roughneck settlers pressgang her into a dangerous mission in the heart of Corps territory. Time is running out to get back everything she’s lost: her crew, her brother, her options. But no one is taking her gun.
CONTRACT OF BETRAYAL
In a bid to free the settlers of Agate Beach from their dependence on picking at Admin scraps, Corps-deserter Aly Erikson’s crew is willing to make a few deals, even with the devil. When Aly learns her friends have deceived her, she has to decide which is stronger: her sense of having been betrayed or her allegiance to the rebel cause. After an old ally offers her a convenient escape to a new life, the decision should be easy. But when the Corps threatens to wipe out everything that matters to her, the only course of action left is the same one she’s taken for as long as she can remember—fighting back.
CONTRACT OF WAR
In the aftermath of a system-wide war between the Admin and Corp Loyalists and the non-citizen population of the Algols, everything once resembling order has been leveled. Scattered enclaves of survivors dot the worlds, living, however they can, in snarled lawlessness. Aly Erikson and her crew have carved out a niche of relative peace, doing their best to go on with their lives through salvaging, scavenging, and stealing. But with no force left to keep the lid on the pot, the pressures of chaos and discord soon cause conflicts to boil over. As enemies close in from all directions, even, sometimes, from within, the crew once again must fight—not just for survival, not just for their way of life, but this time for a future that can finally lay to rest the system’s bloody and savage past.
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Spectral Arise Trilogy: Omnibus Edition
This is a fast paced space opera with a hard-boiled but likeable female protagonist. I enjoyed the detail of the worlds and the characters, although the author sometimes lapsed into giving so much detail on hardware that it interrupted the flow of the action. I would definitely read more from this author and hope she keeps writing sci-fi!