Jacob Renselaer arrives in the Kepler 22 system, carrying a wasp ambassador as a sign of humanity’s hope for an end to its first interstellar war. But that hope crumbles as Jacob, his girlfriend Daisy, ambassador Hunter One and Marine chief O’Connor watch unknown aliens drop thermos-nukes on the wasp colony world, killing wasp larvae and adults. These new aliens pursue Jacob’s ships and a fleeing wasp ship. To Jacob’s horror, the new aliens attack with mobile balls of antimatter! Facing sure death, Jacob retreats to the Kepler 63 wasp colony world where Hunter One demands that he and his fleet defend a colony with 23 million wasps. Where does his duty lie? Must he fight and risk lives and ships to protect their former enemies? Or will help arrive from his father the admiral, or from other wasps? When the shark-seal aliens arrive at Kepler 63, battles happen that threaten the lives of all three peoples—human, wasp and amphibian. Can Jacob and his friends win a fight where they are badly outnumbered? Or will a fight to defend wasp civilians end in the destruction of the Battlestar Lepanto and all of Jacob’s hopes for a future with Daisy? All that is certain is that the amphibian aliens are relentless, their mobile antimatter balls are something no ship can escape and communication is impossible with creatures who talk with skin color patterns! This is a 91,000 word SciFi novel of combat in space between the amphibian Pod aliens and Humans allied with the Swarm, a wasp-like species. New battles happen in the Kepler 22 star system, a place with known exo-planets and site of a wasp colony. The story is told from six point of view characters. Those POVs are Jacob, his girlfriend Daisy, Hunter One the wasp ambassador, Richard the Marine, Rebecca the captain of the cruiser Chesapeake, and Pod Leader, the leader of amphibian aliens who have nuke-bombed wasp civilians in order to claim their world for a place to raise the young of his own species. The conflict begins when Jacob and Hunter One discover the killing of wasp colonists on a world of Kepler 22. Jacob’s fleet barely fights off an attack in which the Pod uses mobile antimatter balls. The fighting continues at Kepler 63, home to 23 million wasp colonists. Jacob faces a terrible choice–must the four ships under his command fight to defend wasp colonists, or should they flee and thereby abandon any chance for ending humanity’s war with the wasps? The decisions made by Jacob, Pod Leader and other members of Jacob’s fleet will determine the future of three species.
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T. Jackson King (Tom) is an Amazon bestselling science fiction author whose popular series include the Vigilante, Assassin, Escape, Aliens, Brother, and Retread Shop series. Opening novels for each of these series are STAR VIGILANTE, STELLAR ASSASSIN, ESCAPE FROM ALIENS, EARTH VS. ALIENS, LITTLE BROTHER’S WORLD and FIRST CONTACT. He is a lifelong reader of SciFi stories and his favorite authors have included Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Andre Norton. Outside of SciFi he has enjoyed the novels of Rudyard Kipling, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe and Arthur Conan Doyle. He has degrees in Archaeology and Journalism.
Tom began writing SF novels at age 38, when he discovered he had read all the Human-Alien first contact or encounter novels in his local library. So he decided to write his own, thanks to an overactive, very visual imagination. Those early years produced FIRST CONTACT and RETREAD SHOP. When the New York City publishing houses ignored his later novels because they had no Hollywood tie-in, he went to several small presses, then began self-publishing as an Indy author in 2011.
Several of his novels have hit Amazon super-bestseller status in Space Opera. They were STELLAR ASSASSIN, EARTH VS. ALIENS and most recently BATTLESTAR, the first novel in his StarFight series. He loves that readers in Britain, Canada and Australia are some of his most loyal readers!
Before becoming a bestselling author, Tom worked as a federal archaeologist and newspaper journalist. Those jobs paid the bills for his three kids and wife Leslee.
However, college years spent in Paris and in Tokyo led Tom into antiwar activism, hanging out with some Japanese hippies and learning how often governments lie to their citizens. The latter lesson led him and a college buddy to publish the Shinjuku Sutra English language underground tabloid in Japan in 1967. That was followed by helping shut down the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1968 and a bus trip to Washington D.C. for the Second March on Washington where thousands demanded an end to the Vietnam War.
Temporary sanity returned when Tom worked in a radiocarbon lab at UC Riverside and earned an MA degree in Archaeology from UCLA. His interests in ancient history, ancient cultures and journalism got him several government agency jobs that led him to roam the raw landscape of the Western United States.
A funny thing happened on the way to normality. When RETREAD SHOP was published by Warner Books in 1988, he discovered he could not stop writing. It was off to the writing races and Tom’s many voyages of imaginative discovery have led to 25 published novels, a book of poetry, and a conviction that when Humans reach the stars, we will find them crowded with space-going Aliens. We will be the New Kids On The Block! This theme appears in much of Tom’s short fiction and novel writing.
Tom lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA and hangs with a group of smart and tolerant Westerners. Divorce taught him to smile a lot and to work at being a Nice Guy. Which earned him the love of his wife Sue. Still, he is pretty weird. Has been since fourth grade when he began reading SciFi. Since then, he and Authority have rarely been in agreement.
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