Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on August 25, 2017
Slow build tension and slow burn in a suspenseful sci-fi romance in this earliest adventure of the Central Galactic Concordance series. I loved the short novella, Pet Trade, that I read as part of the Pets in Space series and wanted to keep going with the rest of the books in the series .
Last Ship Off Polaris-G jumps in with planetary government official, Anitra Hedren, enlisting the help of one-time vacation fling, Gavril Danilovich, to help her do what she can to further a secret evacuation of the colonists off the dying planet right under the unsanctioned Central Galactic Concordance’s unsanctioned blockade. They tentatively reach out to each other teaming both feelings and their psychic ‘minder’ gifts against a traitor in their midst, the unstable atmosphere of the fearing people, and few resources. An evac plan is in place if only they can keep it from the spies who would see all the people destroyed. Meanwhile, a second chance is brewing for the pair if they can make it out alive.
As I said, I loved the earlier novella so I was glad to finally pick up this prequel novella to the series and get right back into the world. Last Ship dropped me right into the story with not a lot of explanation at first about the current situation, but as I read on slowly the details of the conflict, the Minder gifts the Central Galactic Concordance and the CPS group within the regular military. I was somewhat confused, but then stuff started making sense.
And, just like with the overall storyline, the two main characters had a history and it came out slowly. I like Anitra and Gavril, both. She’s strong and dedicated to help others. Gavril tends to stick to himself at first, but then being around Anitra gets him more open to training his empath gift so he can shield other’s emotions and be around people more. He’s stronger at that, but she has some empathy and a secret past that allow her to teach him and for them to work together with their minder gifts.
Things built slowly and then there was a hold your breath moment or two near the end. Most of the novella was from Anitra or Gavril’s point of view, but there was also a secondary storyline going on aboard one of the military ships in the blockade. I liked the hints of a greater conspiracy going on that sets the tone for the rest of the series.
All in all, this was a great intro and I can’t wait to pick up the next book in the series and dive back into conspiracies, action, psychic gifts, and love in the space of the future.
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