Alien abductions, miscalculated jumps to hyperspace, and the forge of the Terran Armor Corps feature in this week’s science fiction new releases.
Beast Mode (A Cauldron of Stars #3) – Felix R. Savage
A new breed of immortal villains threatens the Cluster…
…and only one man can stop them.
Racing against spooks and space pirates, freighter captain Mike Starrunner embarks on a do-or-die mission to prevent interstellar war.
After the failure of the Fleet’s containment operations, the disruptive gene-mod known as the Transcendence is about to fall into the hands of criminals who’ll use it to conquer the Cluster. Mike and his crew are the only ones with a chance of catching them in time. Out on their own without backup, they chase the Travelers to a dead planet where a shocking discovery awaits.
When they’re betrayed and left for dead, Mike and the crew have only one option left. They must strike at the Travelers’ stronghold. Can they overcome the impossible odds and save the Cluster, or will their failure doom human civilization?
Borrowed Time: The Force Majeure (Temporal Protection Corps #2) – E. W. Barnes
In a moment the Temporal Protection Corps changed. Martial law. Curfews. Security officers everywhere. And brutal detention for those who step out of line.
Agent-in-training Sharon Gorse and her friends are alone in this alien world, the only ones who know the timeline has been altered.
Their one chance to put things right is to commit a crime – to go back in time and change the past, violating temporal ethics and breaking world law.
Every shift into history increases their risk of capture, and they don’t know who to trust – even each other. Failure means more than living in a terrifying timeline; it means termination from the TPC and permanent erasure of their memories.
Can they succeed in restoring the future before Temporal Protection Corps agents track them down in the past? Or will betrayal from within destroy them first?
Crossfire (Star Kingdom #4) – Lindsay Buroker
For the first time in his life, roboticist Casmir Dabrowski is headed to another star system as an advisor for the Kingdom space fleet. He’s being given a chance to prove himself to King Jager by helping find the ancient artifact he inadvertently lost. It’s best not to think about what might happen if he fails…
But with technologically advanced astroshamans after the artifact, not to mention the deadly mercenary captain Tenebris Rache, it’s not long before the mission collides with disaster.
Soon, Casmir and his friends are caught between warring factions, and he must choose between what the king would want and what he knows is right.
Into the Unknown – Jasper T. Scott
Their cruise ship jumped to the wrong star system.
Criminal attorney, Liam Price, can’t believe his luck. He scored a deal for a suite aboard the Starlit Dream to the exotic world of Aquaria in the Kepler star system. He surprises his wife, Aria, with the trip for her 40th birthday, and the Price family gets ready for the trip of a lifetime.
Soon after the voyage starts, they learn that they’ve somehow jumped to the wrong star system. Liam consults the ship’s computer to determine their location, but he can’t access the navigational data. The captain claims that there’s nothing to worry about, but Liam wonders: if there’s nothing to worry about, why restrict access to the ship’s nav data? He fears that pirates may have detoured them to rob and ransom the wealthy passengers.
Before they can learn more, the ship plunges into darkness, and suddenly the cruise of a lifetime turns into a trip to hell. As the crisis unfolds, Liam and his family are thrust into the middle of a deadly conspiracy and a desperate struggle for survival.
Isolation (Forgotten Vengeance #2) – M. R. Forbes
The enemy is coming. The enemy is already here. For years they’ve prepared. Plotted. Planned. For years they’ve waited to strike. From above…
… and below.
Earth is under siege. The enemy covers the landscape.
Proxima is unharmed. But that’s about to change.
No armies can stop this menace. No defenses can slow the advance. We are scattered and isolated. We are ignorant and weak.
No help is coming. No help remains.
…or does it?
Lights Over Cloud Lake – Nathan Hystad
Cloud Lake is a hotspot for UFO sightings.
Jessica Carver may have encountered one the night she disappeared.
This is her story.
Reporter Eva Heart is sent to Cloud Lake to write an exposé on flying saucer sightings, a subject she is extremely familiar with.
Nearly twenty years ago, Eva, then known as Jessica Carver, went missing, only to appear a week later, confused and frightened. A man went to jail for the crime.
Now Eva must face demons from her past as she meets both old and new friends along the way. Will her real identity be exposed? Can history truly repeat itself?
Til Valhalla (An Ember War Prequel) – Richard Fox
War is a crucible. Valhalla awaits the worthy.
On the battlefield of the future, armored mechs can turn the tide of any battle. With a nation under threat, a single small force of Armor joins the fight to hold the line against a merciless horde bent on total domination.
Chief Amos Roy—a young soldier haunted by the loss of his brother to the enemy—is thrust into the fight before he’s ready. War is a harsh teacher, and his fellow Armor are just as wary of him as they are the foe.
When the enemy unleashes a mobile battle station with the power to annihilate cities, Roy must prove himself to veteran Armor that he’s worthy to fight beside them. Can battle forge a team that will stop the enemy’s super weapon?
For here the Armor will find the Iron in their hearts and the spirit to win any war. Even if nothing but embers of defiance remains.
Virtue of Chaos (Syndicate Legacy #2) – L. O. Addison
Their mission is over, but the war has just begun.
Kaylin did the impossible—she stole the Virtue of War from the Ascendency, stopping them from using the ancient weapon to rip apart the galaxy. It might have been the greatest heist of her thieving career, except for the whole being captured thing.
Now a prisoner of the Ascendency, Kaylin finds herself whisked away from Earth and taken to the alien planet Skarlin, where the universe’s top scientists are working to replicate the deadly technology used in the Virtues. If they’re successful, the Ascendency will become unstoppable.
That leaves Kaylin with only one option—break free from her captors and sabotage their labs, destroying the Virtues once and for all.
It seems like an impossible task. But luckily, those are her speciality.