Science fiction romantic suspense from award-winning author EG Manetti. The first book in the epic Twelve Systems Chronicles introduces one of sci-fi’s most compelling couples; Lilian and Lucius. With all the intrigue of Game of Thrones and the action-adventure of Battlestar Galactica, The Cartel blends science fiction with romance, suspense, action, and adventure for an addictive read.
“With characters that jump off the page, love that is forbidden yet unstoppable mixed with top-notch worlds and technology, sci-fi has never looked so good or become so addictive! “ ~ InD'Tale Magazine
Five-stars. The world-building in this science fiction romance series is absolutely phenomenal. . . Lillian is brilliant. She is fierce and smart and vulnerable and endearing. ~ Paranormal Romance Guild
Step into a universe where duty is a double-edged sword honed by passion. Love isn't just a battlefield—it's an entire galaxy.
She would give anything to protect her family… including her mind and body.
Lilian’s bright future was destroyed with a single, devastating stroke—her family name erased, their cartouche melted, and their property forfeited. Destitute and desperate, she is determined to survive and protect what remains of her family—no matter what she must do.
Lucius Mercio is the preeminent warrior of his cartouche, and the cartel it dominates; the Serengeti Group. Ruthless, clever, and ambitious, Lucius’ wealth, influence, and power are exceeded by few within the Twelve Systems. It is not sufficient. Lucius needs Lilian… and he needs her alive.
Lilian has agreed to become Lucius’ apprentice. For three years, he will train her for a position in the cartels. In return, Lilian will yield him absolute control of her mind and body. It is a bargain with the devil and one she hopes she does not regret.
Thrust together, the two will face a future filled with uncertainties. Lucius understands the dangers, but does Lilian?
EG Manetti has always enjoyed a vivid imagination and occasional scribbling. Her epic science fiction series, The Twelve Systems Chronicles, blends the intrigue and danger of space opera with the passion and social rigidity of historical romance. Manetti is a two-time RONE Award-winning writer for Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy.
THE TWELVE SYSTEMS CHRONICLES
The Cartel: The Apprentice, Volume 1
Bright Star: The Apprentice, Volume 2
Transgressions: The Apprentice, Volume 3
Fortuna: The Apprentice, Volume 4
Serengeti Valor: The Apprentice, Volume 5
Nightingale: The Apprentice, Volume 6
Bond Proof: The Apprentice, Volume 7
Chalice Bearer: Thornraven, Volume 1
Shield Bearer: Thornraven, Volume 2
Thorn Bearer: Thornraven, Volume 3
Intriguing new world
The first word that comes to mind after finishing the book is abundance. There is so much information, world building, histories, plot twists, intrigue & erotic interplay. A lot going on and right at the end a heck of a cliffhanger. Truthfully I have conflicting feelings on the book. I couldn’t quite get a feel for the identity. Is it a thriller, a romance, a sci-if space opera kinda book. That being said I did find it a most fascinating story. Unlike anything I’ve read before. I am very interested to see how Lillian’s journey continues & what Lucius has planned next. If you’re looking for something new & different pick up your copy today!
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