Overload Flux (Central Galactic Concordance • Book 1)
by Carol Van Natta
Two loners fighting to stay alive discover they must now save the galaxy.
The only vaccine for a deadly galaxy-wide pandemic is missing … and the only ones who may be able to find it are a powerful talent on the verge of a meltdown, and a security specialist hiding her extraordinary skills in a menial job.
Brilliant investigator Luka Foxe must act fast if he's going to save the civilized planets of the Central Galactic Concordance. For as a pandemic sweeps across the galaxy, someone is stealing the vaccine. To make matters worse, Luka's hidden mental talents are out of control, leaving him barely able to function in the midst of violence and a rising body count. The convoluted trail leads to a corrupt pharma industry and the possibility of an illegal, planet-sized laboratory. In the face of increasing threats, he must rely on an enigmatic, lethal woman who has secrets of her own.
Mairwen Morganthur hides extraordinary skills under the guise of a dull night-shift guard. The last thing she wants is to provide personal security for a nova-hot investigator, or to be plunged into a murky case involving sabotage, treachery, and the military covert operations division that would love to discover she's still alive. Worse, she knows that two more deaths won't bother their enemies one bit. Their only hope for survival is to share their darkest secrets.
With everything in their universe at stake, can they learn to trust one another?
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“Overload Flux is a brilliant, suspenseful tale that will keep readers captivated from beginning to end.” ~ S.E. Smith, New York Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author of The Alliance series.
* * 2014 SFR Galaxy Award winner * *
* * 2015 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award Finalist * *
Don't miss this thrill-ride through a futuristic galaxy—get your copy of Overload Flux today!
Winner, 2014 SFR Galaxy Award
Publisher: Chavanch Press, LLC
Publication Date: 18 October 2014
Cover Art: Gene Mollica Studio
Copy Editor: Shelley Holloway (Holloway House)
Length: Novel (101,500 words)
Series: Central Galactic Concordance, Book 1
SERIES NOTE: Book 2 is Minder Rising, a standalone story that takes place after the events of Overload Flux. Book 2.5 is Zero Flux, a novella that features Luka and Mairwen from Overload Flux. Book 3, Pico's Crush, stars Jerzi Adams, of Overload Flux, and includes cameo appearances by Luka and Mairwen, as well as by Lièrén Sòng from Minder Rising. Book 4, Jumper's Hope introduces new characters and features a returning character or two from Pico's Crush. Each book is a complete story with no cliffhanger, but your experience will be enhanced if you read the series in order.
“…a good read that any sci-fi or romantic suspense reader would enjoy.” — C.E. Kilgore, award-winning author of The Ghost in the Machine
“If you like intrigue, action and love with your intergalactic travel … then this is the book for you!!” — Mel Low, Amazon.com, 12/8/2014
“At its heart, it’s hard SF with a depth of character and story that is not only memorable and fun to read, but has me hoping the next in the series will not be long in arriving.” — Judy F Brenneman, Amazon.com, 12/12/2014
“I stayed up so late last night finishing this, it was that good.” — Turtles (a.k.a. Mary Justis), Amazon.com, 11/28/2014
“I love Sci Fi and romance put together. It's a great combination. It takes a lot of skill to put the two together and Carol Van Natta brought it to this book.” — April Millman, Amazon.com, 11/26/2014
“By the end I was cheering for the characters. What more can you ask? P.S. when is the next book coming out?” — Philip D. Long, Amazon.com, 11/30/2014
“…exercises your brain and gets your heart pumping…” — romancelady, Amazon.com, 11/30/2014
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About the Central Galactic Concordance Series: A millennium from now, humans have expanded civilization to more than 500 planets in the galaxy, thanks to faster-than-light space travel, interstellar communications, and sophisticated terraforming capabilities. The Central Galactic Concordance government maintains interstellar safety and commerce with the Concordance Command military and the Citizen Protection Service elite forces. The CPS also has another important function: testing, registering, and making use of minders, humans with talents in telepathy, telepathy, and patterns.
Peace and stability have reigned for two hundred years, but underneath, trouble is brewing. Minders with mid- and high-level talents usually find their way into CPS service, whether they want to or not, and the required enhancement drugs have debilitating side effects. Jumpers, the special forces personnel with added hardware and body reinforcements for piloting ships and operating mech-suits, often suffer from debilitating waster's disease once they retire from service. The CPS has deeper, darker programs and powerful reasons to keep them secret. Minders, once a misunderstood minority, are now common in the human population, and want respect and freedom. The CPS, once the savior of civilization, has been using increasingly draconian measures to maintain control. Something has to give, and it won't be pretty.
Check out the sample chapters here or on Amazon.com (click the “Look Inside” link)