Last Ship Off Polaris-G (A Central Galactic Concordance Novella)
by Carol Van Natta
When 4,000 colonists are stranded on a dying planet, two ex-lovers and an ancient freighter are their only hope for survival.
Independent trader Gavril Danilovich is trapped on Polaris-G, a frontier planet in the midst of an ecological disaster. The galactic military is blockading the system to contain the mysteriously virulent blight. The planetary government impounded his ship. Even worse, his uncontrolled mental talent for empathy means the colonists' fear and anger are threatening his sanity.
When government supply depot manager Anitra Helden finds a mothballed interstellar freighter in an abandoned repair dock, she hopes to use it carry supplies the colonists will need when they finally get to leave. Given the planet-wide turmoil, the only person she trusts to repair the ship is Gavril, her ex-lover.
Gavril seizes the opportunity to get his ship back and repair their broken past. Anitra will have to trust him with more than her heart, she'll have to trust him with secret plans to break the blockade.
Everything changes when they learn 4,000 colonists are stranded. Can Gavril and Anitra pull off the rescue, outmaneuver the military fleet, and win their second chance at love?
Last Ship Off Polaris-G starts the sweeping saga of the Central Galactic Concordance space opera series. If you like characters trying to do the right thing, interstellar intrigue, and second-chance romance, you'll enjoy Carol Van Natta's fast-paced adventure.
★ Buy Last Ship Off Polaris-G and escape with Gavril and Anitra today! ★
Publisher: Chavanch Press, LLC
Publication Date: 25 August 2017
Cover Art: Carol Van Natta
Copy Editor: Shelley Holloway (Holloway House)
Length: Novella (36,000 words)
Series: Central Galactic Concordance
About the Central Galactic Concordance Series: Book 1 is Overload Flux, a standalone story that introduces Luka Foxe and Mairwen Morganthur, and the worlds of the Central Galactic Concordance. 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. Each book is a complete story, but your experience will be enhanced if you read the series in order. Last Ship Off Polaris-G is set several years before these books, and is a good introduction to the CGC universe.
The setting for the Central Galactic Concordance series: Millennia 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 be there 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.