Nathan Stewart never expected to be homeless in the galaxy. But that is what happens when his starship Star Glory is ambushed by a fleet from the alien-run Empire of Eternity. His captain is given a choice–surrender and pledge that Earth will join the Empire as a Servant species, or Earth will be destroyed! Nathan watches all this happening from his job as an antimatter engineer on the Engineering Deck. But what can he do? He’s just a country boy raised on a Colorado cattle ranch. As two other Earth ships are destroyed, Nathan gets a wild idea that might save his ship. The idea works. The Star Glory escapes destruction. But the ship, his captain, his crewmates and Nathan cannot return to Earth without learning a way to defy the Empire. But learning about the entity that rules four arms of the galaxy and has now expanded into Orion Arm is dangerous. Nathan does his best to help his crewmates but will it be enough? This is an 83,000 word SciFi novel of combat in space between the deadly Empire of Eternity aliens who rule the Milky Way and three Human starships that discover we are not alone while visiting Kepler 37. Two ships die and Nathan Stewart’s Star Glory survives only due to Nate’s unique ability to anticipate problems and develop solutions before they are needed. Nate grew up on a cattle ranch in Colorado, different from birth. He has super eyesight, super hearing, remarkable strength and is a bad dancer. But he’s made some friends on the long FTL flight and he is not about to let them die at the hands of ruthless aliens. His starship escapes the Empire and goes in search of tech secrets and allies who will fight with humanity against the Empire. But the Milky Way is a big galaxy and our Orion Arm is a small part. Danger is found at every turn. Nate and his friends survive. But will humanity survive?
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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, StarFight and Retread Shop series. Opening novels for each of these series are STAR VIGILANTE, STELLAR ASSASSIN, ESCAPE FROM ALIENS, EARTH VS. ALIENS, BATTLESTAR, 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.
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 are STELLAR ASSASSIN, EARTH VS. ALIENS, ESCAPE FROM 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 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 where he worked as a federal archaeologist and newspaper journalist. Those jobs paid the bills for his three kids and wife Leslee.
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 27 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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