Ashes by Simon Killian (The Phoenix Rising Book 1)
English | 2019 | Sci / Fi | ePUB | 433 Kb
Ashes: The deep dark of the Solar System is settled; tiny islands of humanity all linked back to the birthplace of the species, a planet drowning in its own waste and heat. The outer Systems are pushing back against the never-ending servitude for resources to delay the inevitable collapse. Freighters ply the dangerous paths between the planetary gravity wells, shipping people and resources as they can.
Sarah Lorimar, formerly an EarthCon Officer and owner of the Harlequin’s Dream, a Phoenix Lines flagged freighter is on the Jupiter-Earth-Mars run. A last-minute change in manifest and destination, forced upon the Dream, throws the careful schedule out of an airlock, but where EarthCon demands, she’s bound to go, and Saturn is the wild west of settled space.
When the apocalypse arrives, it comes from an angle nobody foresaw, but the results are the same; those lucky, or unlucky enough to survive the first few hours are left scrabbling for what’s left in the darkness.
As the future of humanity flickers like a candle, savagery reigns; the greed of man grasping what’s unclaimed, taking what is, and woe to anyone who gets in the way.
They are coming for her ship, her family.
They’ll learn the apocalypse is the least of their worries.
“Talk to me, Ensign.”
“Yes, Ma’am. It’s confused at the moment.”
“Put it on the speakers.” She far-focusses and with a static crackle, the tactical comms channel cuts through the tension.
“…detained. Holdout pistol only.”
“Take him to the shuttle. I have the soft skinned ratings heading that way now. Until we know if there are any more surprises, I only want Battledress in theatre.”
“Okay, Gunny. I think he just panic fired. Came on him suddenly, looks like he was trying to hide the weapon; probably thought we were doing a customs inspection. Scared the crap out of the Squid.”
“Yeah, but let’s not take any chances we don’t have to. Section two, move to Operations. Everyone else, fall back to the shuttle.”