When a lab experiment results in a group of scientists gaining extremely long life, they realize that if they stay on Earth, they'll soon become lab specimens. To escape this, they decide to travel to the stars. Unfortunately, the stars are already occupied.
Second Contact, The Seeds of Orion is the second book of a series that sets out the spread of mankind and Orion’s descendants into the galaxy. It takes the listener on a journey of the human race to new worlds. From populating one planet to expanding into the universe and, as it has for thousands of years, doing what it had to do to survive.
"Is this a space opera or spy novel?"
Sole survivor of a ruined civilization, Joshua Penrose finds himself trapped into the one career he wanted to avoid, space pirate. Chased by the most powerful navy in space, Penrose plays a dangerous game, until the Queen of mighty Braeden escalates the scales too high. Joshua must not only survive himself, he believes he owes a future to all the spacemen and women who threw in with him when he first took his ship.
Spacer Buck Fryman emerges from the local lockup with a dream and a plan. He'll go into business himself, as a space freighter. He'll take the dangerous routes, sail fast without waiting for the convoys normally needed for pirate protection, and if a pirate does decide to take him on, he'll prove that he's not just a barroom brawler, he can defend himself in space as well.
"Decent, But Fractured, Rushed, and Dicey Narration"
Marine Second Lieutenant James Byerley is looking for some action in the seedy side. Instead, he finds a beautiful woman fighting off assailants. The coincidental meeting sets off a lifelong relationship as Byerley discovers he's stumbled onto a coup attempt and has rescued the crown princess. Rescuing the princess launches Byerley's career, but it also puts him in the crosshairs of the star kingdom's ambitious politicians.
Braeden's space navy executed Harmon Penrose's parents without a trial, now they're starving his home world. Harmon, along with his four brothers and one sister, vows to strike back. Together they will hit Braeden where it hurts worst - in Braeden's merchant fleet. Treated as pirates, it's the only way Harmon sees to get justice for his unlawfully murdered parents. First, though, there's the matter of a blockade and Braeden's massive space navy.
In a prison planet ruled by a ruthless oligarchy, freedom is just a dream. But when one man is given a chance to help overthrow the dictatorship, he finds himself in a position to become Freedom's Hammer, even if this means going up against those who gave him the chance. His design expertise helps produce the most advanced fighter, capable of space, air, and underwater operation.
Settled several generations before, Saragosa Prime has grown from a mining outpost to a populated planet. Time, Winner White decides, for democracy. Since Winner holds a controlling interest in the company that owns Saragosa Prime, his decision would seem to carry a lot of weight. But among the conglomerates that rule space, Winner's is one of the smallest, and none of the others care whether democracy takes hold--or even whether Winner is allowed to hold onto his company.
"Someone wants you dead!" Those words launch James Clayton into a world of corporate war, confronting a Russian crime-lord at his own game. What Clayton doesn't realize until too late, though, is that he isn't just playing with his own life.
Damn. My head hurt. This can't happen again. Of course, I'd said the same thing the two other times someone had used my dome for a kettledrum. But this time I'd had it. Three years in the business with no trouble and now I'd suffered five attacks in the last six months. I wasn't taking any more of it.