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The story is a simple journey. Simon and his friend, the Tin Man, must journey through this world of ruin and decay to try and find a way home. We learn of the world with Simon. We are experiencing his journey. There is no base experience to leverage off. Everything is strange and foreign and this is what absorbs you as a reader. You need to learn what is over the next wall. You need to make sure that Simon and the Tin Man escape the current horror, only to face more down the path.
Robert Garry, ex-military officer, wants nothing more than to maintain his integrity and his team’s safety despite a career change to pirate leader but a cargo freighter he targets proves to be holding much more than he bargained for.
Will he escape with his own life, let alone the lives of his crew?
He has always shunned the ‘folk hero’ label but is he in danger of becoming an arch villain in the process…
‘I had some pirate drama up in orbit,’ said Robert, only half lying. ‘I landed out in the Red Wash.’ Another half-truth. He’d never actually piloted the Wayfarer, and ‘landed’ was a bit of a stretch. ‘She’s a bit of a wreck. Are you able to tow her back here for repairs? The hyperdrive is scrambled, I think I lost all my heat vents and who knows what else failed in the landing.’
‘Whoa, One step at a time, hun.’ she said, raising her hands. ‘‘We can pick your girl up no problem. Then we can give her a good coat of looking-at and put a quote together for the work. What is she?’
‘Lanner Mark II.’
The woman physically cringed. ‘Well this crash was the best thing to happen to you. The perfect time to upgrade to a ship that’s, how shall we say, engineered? We can handle your insurance claim if you like.’
‘Ah,’ Robert said, wanting to avoid the ‘insurance companies don’t like pirates’ discussion. ‘No thanks, she’s got sentimental value.’’