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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Space Rogues

What happens when your experimental spacecraft breaks down near Neptune? Dying alone in space is the likely answer, right?
That's not how Wil Calder's story ends though; it's how it begins. Alien space outlaws rescue him and sell his pod for scrap.
He's given a choice: join the crew or step out the airlock without his spacesuit. Which would you choose?
Now, years later, Wil is a lonely intergalactic outlaw, looking for a crew. Because space is lonely and boring, Wil could use some friends or at least people to work with, maybe boss around.
Before Wil can even enjoy having a crew to call his own, they find themselves in the center of a plot to start an intergalactic war. They had no part in starting it, and aren't remotely qualified to stop it, but here they are anyway.
Since finding a bar on a distant world isn't an option for Wil and the crew of the Ghost, they take action!
Between epic space battles, a quest for redemption and a daring heist, the crew uncovers a dark secret. A secret that they can't let stay hidden; too many worlds hang in the balance.

Space Rogues (Space Opera)
By John Wilker
Rogue Publishing
ISBN #978- 1732628717
316 Pages
Price $11.99 (Paperback)
Price $0.99 (Kindle)
Rating 5-Stars

“Space Opera At Its Best”

Astronaut Wil Calder’s module is experiencing problems that could leave him stranded in space. However, a pirate ship appears from another galaxy and captures him and the space module. Instead of leaving him to die, the captain of the space pirates takes a liking to the human and keeps him on board to clean his ship. The pirate crew is betrayed by a group of criminals and the captain turns his ship, an ANKARRAN battle ship over to him as he is dying. Alone now, Wil calls the ship Ghost for his recent shipmates now dead.

Along the way, Wil picks up a crew, beginning with Maxim and Zephyr, ex-galactic cops betrayed by their own people.  Next comes Ben Ari – Beenie – an electronics genius, and finally Gabe, an engineering robot. With his crew of aliens and robot, it’s up to Captain Wil Calder to stop a war of worlds, or die trying.

This was pure Flash Gordon space opera stuff, and the author kept the story moving at a fast pace with characters the reader will love. A lone human with a willingness to help, backed up by a fighting crew of misfits who will follow their captain into the maw of death. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

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