About the Book
The future is governed through a genetic hierarchy—superhumans at the top, humans and defects at the bottom.
Clevon Demarco, a genetically modified human, has a cocksure attitude and the combat skills to back it up. With his unparalleled skills, he makes his living as a ruthless gunrunner on a shady space station near the edges of the quadrant. Stronger, faster, and wittier than most sad sacks, no one even comes close to Demarco’s abilities—until he crosses paths with the captain of the notorious Star Marque, Endellion Voight.
Captain Voight arrests Demarco and offers him a choice: go to a prison planet for his crimes, or join her starship, the Star Marque, working as mercenaries for the superhumans. But she didn’t pick him at random. She has a plan to become a planet governor; a title no human has held since the superhumans won the war. It doesn’t matter the cost—assassinations, extortion, blackmail—she’s determined to claw her way to the top.
All Captain Voight needs is Demarco’s help to carry out her machinations, and she’ll give him everything he’s ever wanted in return.
A fast-paced space opera for those who enjoy Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds, or anything by Robert A. Heinlein.
Read an Excerpt
Before I said anything, a fish—a koi fish, of all things—floated through the air in front of me. I jumped back and hit the closed door, seconds away from grabbing the thing and killing it with my bare hands.
“The fuck is that freak-fish-thing?” I said, word-vomiting as I stared down the demon fish.
Sawyer chortled. “I’m going to get a lot of good sound bites from you, aren’t I?”
“What’s that supposed to mean?”
She tapped on her PAD, and the comms replayed me saying, “The is that freak-fish-thing?”
“Answer the damn question.”
“The fish is named Blub. He’s my only family in the universe.”
The fish swirled around the air, its mouth opening and closing in rhythm, like a heartbeat. The black eyes of the creature matched the black spots of its scales, and both shimmered whenever they caught the light. Its face had a single red splotch that glittered no matter the lighting, creating its own dim bioluminescence.
Four bloated sacs jiggled on its back.
“How is it floating?” I asked.
“Blub produces helium,” Sawyer said. “When the sacs get too full, he releases some of the gas, and then descends.”
The fish let out a quiet toot, toot, toot and fluttered in the air until it was at head-level with Sawyer. She stroked the animal’s head, and it wiggled—was it happy?—and then it circled Sawyer, like a moon in orbit.
“So, it farts helium,” I said.
“Yes. He farts helium.”
In case you hadn’t figured it out, I chose the above excerpt on purpose. It shows the lighthearted side of this well-written sci-fi novel. I mean, come on … a floating fish that farts helium. What more could you want in a book?
Plot perhaps? There’s definitely plenty of that to go around. Action and adventure? Ditto. The scenes are fast, dangerous, and at times a bit on the freaky side.
Great characters? There’s a space station full of them. In addition to Blub, the freaky fish, every character brings something unique and entertaining to this book.
Reminiscent of one of my favorite space-operas, Firefly, Star Marque Rising is a thoroughly entertaining read. If you’re not squeamish about a bit of blood and gore, and don’t mind some salty language, you will definitely enjoy this entertaining story.
About the Author
Shami Stovall relies on her BA in History and Juris Doctorate to make her living as an author and history professor in the central valley of California. She writes in a wide range of fiction, from crime thrills to fantasy to science-fiction. Stovall loves reading, playing video games, entertaining others with stories, and writing about herself in the third person.
Shami Stovall will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.
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