The future is governed through a genetic hierarchy—superhumans at the top, humans and defects at the bottom. Welcome to an all-new military science fiction novel from critically-acclaimed author Shami Stovall.
Clevon Demarco, a genetically modified human, has a cocksure attitude and the combat skills to back it up. With his unparalleled skills, he makes his living as a ruthless gunrunner on a shady space station near the edges of the quadrant. Stronger, faster, and wittier than most sad sacks, no one even comes close to Demarco’s abilities—until he crosses paths with the captain of the notorious Star Marque, Endellion Voight.
Captain Voight arrests Demarco and offers him a choice: go to a prison planet for his crimes, or join her starship, the Star Marque, working as mercenaries for the superhumans. But she didn't pick him at random. She has a plan to become a planet governor; a title no human has held since the superhumans won the war. It doesn’t matter the cost—assassinations, extortion, blackmail—she’s determined to claw her way to the top.
All Captain Voight needs is Demarco’s help to carry out her machinations, and she’ll give him everything he’s ever wanted in return.
A fast-paced space opera for those who enjoy Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds, or anything by Robert A. Heinlein.
Rife with action, intrigue, and plenty of backstabbing, Stovall's space opera takes readers on a bumpy ride through a distant future where genetically modified cyborg humans face off against even more genetically modified superhumans. When tough guy Clevon Demarco is chosen to join the crew of cyborg enforcer starship Star Marque, captained by ruthless Cmdr. Endellion Voight, he accepts without a second thought. Enforcers are usually "fighting the filth of the outer colonies," but ambitious Endellion has other plans: she wants to become the first human governor of a planet, in contradiction of superhuman tradition. As readers observe her progress through Demarco's unwitting eyes, it's hard to believe neither he nor the rest of her crew realizes that her determination masks a deadly ruthlessness. Although the setting and characters lack depth, action fans will enjoy the violence and scheming that drive this story of guile and dark ambition. (BookLife)
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