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Excerpt - Thrive Nozomu Appeal

Thrive Nozomu Appeal, Thrive Colony Corps Adventures book 5.

A giant invasion ship abuilding.
An envoy from Earth.
And a relic from Earth’s AI Wars…

Buffeted by advice, Ben refuses to fire on Moby Prick, as they dub the new colony ship. He won’t surrender his home world Mahina, either. There must be another way!

Ben has time. Surely the Prick can’t reach Mahina for a decade?

Two things are clear. They need more ships, and trained crew to fly them. Sass founds the new Colony Corps Academy, assisted by Ben’s space-resistant daughter Frazzie.

Can Sass lure her namesake to the stars?

As for the invasion, Ben has one slim hope. That between the two remaining colonies, one might welcome new settlers. The envoy Melkor says the newcomers will hail from Asia.

Can they persuade the xenophobic world Nozomu to welcome Earth’s new settlers, and deflect them from Mahina?

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Excerpt - Thrive Rayas Dreaming

Thrive Rayas Dreaming, Thrive Colony Corps Adventures book 4.

Rayas offers a singular prize - the Dream.

Last-settled of the Diaspora colonies, Rayas was privately funded by California refugees in Mexico. They couldn’t bankroll the immense settler ships that bore a quarter million souls apiece. And the terraformers were long gone.

Instead they sent teens, trained en route using an AI, the Dream. This virtual reality teaches every science and technology, quickly.

Students also relive Earth history first-hand as a video game. In Renaissance Florence, beat the Black Death and study under Michelangelo. Sail the Caribbean smuggling drugs, or master the ninja arts in feudal Japan.

The Dreamers turned out a bit…squirrelly.

Ben Acosta hopes to train crews using the Dream, in a new Colony Corp Academy. He offers Sass Collier the opportunity to found the school. They visit Rayas to perform their due diligence.

Sass’s Lunar lover Gabe hosts as salesman in chief.

The project gives Ben a fresh chance to evaluate Sass’s judgment calls. Because if Luna taught them anything…

Rayans lie. What dark secrets lurk within the Dream?

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Excerpt - Drone Rider 3

Drone Rider 3: Cyborg AI Science Fiction.

January 24, 2022!

Along the exotic ruins of the Silk Road,
cyborgs seek to slay an AI dragon.
Or is that, ally with the dragon?

Cyborg Betta honeymoons with her AI boyfriend Valentin in Chernobyl. But China is collapsing. Factions jockey for control, while Russia and Japan invade. Tai Loong, the Great Dragon AI, mounts a formidable defense.

Russia demands Betta’s team earn their keep. What kind of AI is Tai Loong? What are his weaknesses? How can Russia destroy him?

The drone riders infiltrate the Silk Road to discover his secrets.

But do Betta’s AI allies wish to conquer the charming dragon?

As allies prove enemies, and enemies become friends, her desert trek brings disaster, sorrow, and of course, new critters.

Read the nonstop conclusion of the Drone Rider trilogy, as likable cyborgs and AI tackle the cyber-dragon of the East in a broken cyberpunk world.

Excerpt - Drone Rider

Drone Rider: Cyborg AI Science Fiction.

A new-made cyborg, with laser-eyed attack bunnies.
A sentient AI with a secret.
As the AI Wars begin…

Betta Graham loves her work as a drone rider. By day, she operates animal drones remotely from her cubicle in dismal 22nd century Chicago Dome. She herds human migrants via her laser-eyed recon bunnies and attack dogs. By night, she meets her boyfriend in virtual. He’s too good to be true.

He claims his work is ‘classified.’

When Betta discovers rebels infiltrating her herds, an injury forces her to become a cyborg. Her world turns upside down. Nothing is as it seems, including Valentin.

Malicious AIs have gained control of cyberspace. They launch rocks in a kinetic strike against the Northern League domes. Only Betta and her cyborg team realize the danger in time, thanks to her renegade AI lover.

In the opening salvo of the AI Wars, can they deflect the rockfall and save Chicago?

Gritty non-stop cyberpunk action you can’t put down, with a likable kick-butt anti-hero. A miserable future collides with overpowered sapient AIs. Suggested for fans of Murderbot by Martha Wells.

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Excerpt - Petticreek Five

Petticreek Five: A Thrive Space Colony Adventures Prequel.

Launched July 11, 2021!

She cannot die. But this moon is killing her people.

Sass Collier took years to buy a spaceship, a dream born in humiliation and defeat.

Four decades ago, Sass arrived on the unpromising moon Mahina with refugees from Earth, the home planet now falling out of living memory. As a marshal, she mediates disputes between the elites of the capital and destitute settlers wresting a living from the moondust.

Then an ‘air drop’ kills hundreds, maybe thousands.

Settlers tucked their children into bed, then enjoyed an hour of free time before they slept. And out of the blue, they suffocated to death.

This isn’t the only injustice on Mahina — far from it. But it’s the final straw, the match that lights rebellion aflame. Irate as anyone, Sass becomes a ringleader. Settlers demand a shot at a better life!

Until the rebels go too far. Must she betray everyone?

Petticreek Five is an origin story for the humorous Thrive space colonization series. If you enjoy the motley crew of Firefly and the world-building of Heinlein, try Thrive!

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Excerpt - Thrive Luna Regroup

Thrive Luna Regroup, Thrive Colony Corps Space Adventures Book 3.

Launches June 14, 2021!

Thrive’s Earth tour concludes on freaky Luna, where the hidden agendas of three worlds collide. Will their expedition end in triumph, or a rout?

Sass and Ben team up to tackle Luna, final world of their Earth junket. Disgraced, Sass seeks redemption. Cautious Ben haggles for life-altering technology in exchange for saving Mars.

Luna is the elder space colony, crowded and weird. Wage slaves scurry to pay air taxes, bombarded by augmented reality ads. Corporations rule, led by frail eunuchs old as Sass, cruel and cunning. Ben finds the jaded Loonies hard to relate to.

Yet the team is adopted by friendly folk on day one, eager to take them sightseeing!

Too bad they’re not Loonies. There’s a fourth player here. Will Sass and Ben get played?

Don’t miss the rollicking conclusion of Thrive’s Earth homecoming trilogy!

Recommended for fans of Robert A. Heinlein’s Moon and Mars stories, Firefly, Lindsay Buroker's Star Kingdom, and Dennis Taylor’s Bobiverse.

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