The Chronicles of Alex Varia - Space Adventures of a Renegade Space Marine Recon Scout
Alex Varia is a Recon Marine Scout and a recent defector of the United Earth Alliance...
While fleeing to the outer colonies in a stolen UEA ship, Varia runs into trouble when his forsaken military pursues him to a small, insignificant star system and disables his vessel, leaving the wayward marine without thrusters! Now, to repair the ship, Varia must descend to a barren planet to locate a trace signal of the rare mineral he needs, buried deep within an abandoned alien mining facility.
But when the planet's single life sign turns out to be a mysterious, creepy hermit who declares himself to be a shadowmancer--a dark sorcerer who worships a terrible, ancient god and controls the darkness of the ruined compound--will Varia be able to find what he needs and get out alive without succumbing to the strange man's evil plans?