A Choice of Treasons
To save himself, he first had to save two empires...but when he tried, his options were limited to a choice of treasons.
As a lifer in the Imperial Navy, York Ballin’s only hope at an honorable discharge is the grave. Matters only get worse when he finds himself deep behind enemy lines on a commandeered imperial cruiser without a trained crew, commanded by an incompetent nobleman, with the empress and 200 civilians as passengers, and everyone hell-bent on turning them into a cloud of radioactive vapor.
As a lifer in the Imperial Navy, fighting in a war that has lasted for generations, York Ballin’s only hope at an honorable discharge is the grave. Matters only get worse when the emperor's daughter, princess Aeya, decides to do a little slumming with her entourage on a remote planet, and York and his fellow crewmen are forced to rescue her. But after returning her safely into the empress' care on the planet Dumark, the entire planet is hit by a massive Directorate assault. To evacuate the empress along with the rest of the imperial embassy, York is ordered to commandeer the imperial cruiser Cinesstar, which is crewless and undergoing repairs in the Dumark Navy Yard. And after a narrow escape York finds himself deep behind enemy lines, on a commandeered imperial cruiser without a trained crew, commanded by an incompetent nobleman, with the empress and 200 civilians as passengers, and the enemy, the Directorate, pulling out all stops to destroy them. But, from a strategic or military standpoint, the assault on Dumark was an unwarranted waste of the Directorate's resources, and it becomes clear the empress, and a member of Aeya's entourage, are carrying a dangerous secret, so dangerous it threatens the power structures of both the Empire and the Directorate, so even their own comrades in the empire want them eliminated. And with everyone now hell-bent on turning Cinesstar and all those aboard her into a cloud of radioactive vapor, it falls to York to save them all. But he must choose between saving them, or saving himself, and he finds his options are limited to a choice of treasons.
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I think I will do a sequel, but I'm going to finish this prequel first, and I don't think you'll be disappointed. We get to see York Ballin develop into the ruthless--and some times almost bloodthirsty--adult that we all know.
But thanks for the kind words,
Jim, I loved Choice of Treasons. York Ballin is a great, great character. The story was perfection. I am demanding that you write a sequel :-) Don't you have a story in you where York gets the old crew together and does his thing again? Your stuff rivals Scalzi and Haldeman.
Prequels are okay, but adult Ballin is compelling! Feed me!
Don't worry, I love SF too much to walk away from it. In the next week or two I'm going to post a blog on the projects I'm working on for this year. One of them is continuing the York Ballin saga, or actually starting it. I'm working on his story starting with his forced induction into the imperial navy as a 12-year-old juvenile delinquent. He's going to learn some lessons the hard way.
On of the best Sf I read out there, the thirteen man is pretty good. Is there some chance that there will be more SF ?
I like Dead pretty much, but it's more difficult to find good SF, and it's more my stuff.
A great read with wonderful characters and a universe built for more. Perfect blending of events with various humans and aliens, governments and military units creating an intrigue that is difficult to put down.
Simply put, one of the best, looking forward to more...