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This week, I’m switching to my new story, Alarik, book 4 in my series, Taxyon Space. This series stars alien mermen who’ve been observing humans from the oceans of Europa. Their secret is exposed in the first Book, Europa.
I’m continuing from the beginning of the book. Alarik, the hero, is watching the broadcast about an alien ship landing on Mars. You can read last week’s snippet at https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2019/10/an-alien-craft-snippet-from-alarik-for.html
The occupant, presumably the ship’s pilot, sprawled on the floor. Four eyestalks drooped on top of a purple carapace and the clawed tips of three jointed limbs poked from under its shell. A trail of orange ran from a clump on the floor to the shell. The microbes also ingested metals and other nutrients from living creatures.
“Eekrepisth,” Alarik breathed. What was the semi-aquatic sentient doing on Mars? Did it intend to land on the arid planet or had its ship crashed in a dust storm? In either case, his duty was clear, he must notify the Triarchs. The Watchers would receive the information once the radio signals reached Europa, but he and his brother were likely the only Warrish to infiltrate human society. Who else would agree to the excision of an entire finger and diminished status due to this mutilation?
Two people fleeing their planets discover a shared goal.
When an alien spacecraft crashes on Mars, the repercussions sweep throughout the solar system and endanger the fragile new alliance with the Warrish mermen.
Alarik Kenton Tallis, Eldest of three brothers, was forced to infiltrate human society on Earth as a spy to insure his injured brother receives proper medical care. But, when his transmissions are detected, he must flee the planet.
On Mars, Phoebe Wong, a veterinary scientist with dubious family connections, is desperate to escape the underworld gangs terrorizing the domed city. She jumps at the chance to join the colonists bound for a distant exoplanet.
Their paths converge on a space ferry bound for the outer planets. Trouble pursues them. Will their flight end on Europa, the hyperspace gateway to the stars protected by three diverse species?
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Europa, Book 1 of Taxyon Space – SciFi Thriller and Romance
Dr. Nikki Bell’s plan to discover intelligent life on Jupiter’s moon hits a rocky start when her spaceship crashes on the icy surface of Europa. Seconds before she blacks out, she spies a man’s face in the water beneath the ice. When she wakes on the submarine Station, nobody believes her story. Convinced the mysterious stranger saved her life, Nikki searches for him while she explores the ocean and its alien inhabitants.
Kiron Arqin Ramis chose exile as a Watcher on a remote outpost to redeem his family’s honor. He never expected to find an attractive Earther woman close to death. He violates the prime policy by rescuing her. Despite suffering the penalty, he strives to warn her about his hostile leaders.
Nikki’s unexpected meeting with Kiron triggers a chain of disasters in Europa’s perilous oceans. Can the daredevil scientist and scarred Watcher forge a new alliance despite their people’s antagonism?
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Not a pleasant death from the sounds of it. The mystery deepens! Great snippet!ReplyDelete
No. Life on Mars is dangerous in many ways.Delete
So they give him diminish status because of the finger but they still need him. I wonder what that extra finger was like because it does happen that human get extra fingers too. I wonder if the extraterrestrial ship was bound to Earth but didn't make it, since there is no water on Mars that we know of.ReplyDelete
Yes. Humans are sometimes born with an extra finger, although these days it is usually removed. The alien ship is a mystery.Delete
They must be very strongly motivated to put themselves through this to infiltrate human society.ReplyDelete
Exactly. Alarik and his brother have a debt to pay.Delete
THERE IS NO END TO WHATS HAPPENING HERE. WONDERFUL SNIPPET.ReplyDelete
Thank you. A crashing start!Delete
I'm enjoying the set up of the situation and all the world building details, which you do so extremely well! Great snippet...ReplyDelete
Thank you. The next chapter will switch to Mars.Delete
Love your description! Though this sounds like a far from ideal situation.ReplyDelete
No. He is in a difficult situation and it will shortly become worse.Delete
Lots of intriguing questions raised by the ship and its occupant.ReplyDelete
Of course. But answers will prove difficult to find.Delete
Nice world-building details. Enjoyed the excerpt.ReplyDelete
Downright fascinating world-building. I like the detail of diminished status, what it cost them to blend in with humans. ANd that creature in the crashed ship--nice description!ReplyDelete
I'm glad you found it facinating.Delete
What an intriguing snippet ... the last line, though, is a bit eerie :-)ReplyDelete
Cruel, yet he has a good reason for agreeing to this mutilation.Delete
Great description of the being!ReplyDelete
The mystery deepens! Great imagery!ReplyDelete
I'm glad you like it.Delete