Pico’s Crush (Central Galactic Concordance • Book 3)
by Carol Van Natta
Trouble comes to paradise when a serial killer chooses a galaxy-famous college campus for his hunting ground.
A galactic security specialist expects a quiet vacation visit to his daughter’s college campus. Instead he finds himself in battling for the safety of the students, with old friends and an ex-military squad-mate fighting at his side. Can they find a cunning serial killer before he finds his next target?
When ex-military sniper and current personal security specialist Jerzi Adams visits his daughter Pico’s quiet college on the paradise-like planet of Nila Marbela, he doesn’t expect emergency evacuations and rogue robots. Nor does he expect to renew a friendship with former squad-mate.
Explosions, sabotage, and assaults used to be Andra De Luna’s daily routine, but she gave it up for a professorship at a prestigious university. Now she’s flung back into that world, with an entire floating campus of students to protect.
When the hunt for a cunning serial killer leads Jerzi’s old friends Luka and Mairwen (Overload Flux) to town, there’s trouble in paradise as the body count starts to rise. Either the world of academia has gone from merely cutthroat to downright deadly, or more sinister forces are in conflict, with the campus as a battleground. Without an improvised miracle or two, no one’s going to make it out alive.
Come along for the next wild ride in the Central Galactic Concordance series—get your copy of Pico’s Crush today!
Pico’s Crush is a complete story. It can be enjoyed without having read the series, but your experience will be enhanced if you’ve read the previous books.
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Publisher: Chavanch Press, LLC
Publication Date: 28 January 2016
Cover Art: Gene Mollica Studio
Copy Editor: Shelley Holloway (Holloway House)
Length: Novel (86,700 words)
Series: Central Galactic Concordance, Book 3
SERIES NOTE: Book 1 is Overload Flux, a standalone story that introduces Luka Foxe and Mairwen Morganthur, and the Central Galactic Concordance universe. Book 2, Minder Rising, introduces Lièrén Sòng and Imara Sesay, and the ubiquitous Citizen Protection Service. Book 2.5, Zero Flux, is a novella with another adventure for 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, and Lièrén Sòng. 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.
About the Central Galactic Concordance Series: A millenium 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.
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