ADULT SCIENCE FICTION
Dylan's a pioneer, toiling for a new start on a frontier planet. When a renegade army threatens his team, he must risk their lives--and his secrets--to preserve both the colony and civilization.
Dylan Grosscup “knows things”, but not how to dogfight with a jetpack or turn alien weeds into weapons. He didn't plan to lead a science team through an alien paradise and an undeclared holy-war. He just wanted to fall in love, build a family, and keep his secrets. Then the fallout from the last great war set humanity careening toward destruction.
He's finally earned a second chance, but now he's lost contact with Earth, someone is attacking his friends, and the answers he needs lie amid the ashes of an alien apocalypse. He'll need courage, trust, and luck to keep his people alive long enough to unlock the past and fulfill a duty shared with an extinct civilization—before humanity repeats its mistakes.
First 150 Words:
Captain Dylan Grosscup stepped around something not unlike a coconut tree and paused to catch his breath. The straight and narrow had shifted again, and he was hurrying to catch up.
This was not what he had planned for. He had only wanted modest work, quiet living, and a home in which to keep his family and his secrets.
Then came the war and the end of the exemptions. Without an implant, he could either stay in the service or go compete for work against robots and illegals. He had stayed, but it had taken years to make rank and land an expeditionary assignment. If the mission were recalled now, he'd lose the captain's slot and the land grant. He'd be out of second chances.