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For Blackmon Perry Stone coming of age is life threatening. He is struggling and barely manages to graduate from the empire’s cadet training using his talent for unusual problem solving. Stone fully expects to languish in an unassigned status for years. When given a shipboard assignment aboard a huge warehouse ship he is surprised. He assumes life will be enjoyable once he is onboard ship, but it doesn’t take long to find out how wrong he could be.
Life in the Emperor’s navy is not any easier than life at the academy and Stone is having trouble settling in. He has been assigned the most boring job, in the most uninteresting place, during the most monotonous shift possible. His supervisor is no help. He is having a hard time making few friends. Without anyone to turn to for comfort or help, navy life is not easy. Life is tricky when he uncovers a ring of thieves. Life is dangerous when they kill him.
Ejected into hyperspace in an escape pod without a hyperspace engine, he fully expects to die. He reconfigures the sub-light engine to escape the inescapable and to his amazement it works, but only to crash on an uncharted planet. If he can make the engine work again it will be a surprise, but not as much of a surprise to everyone who believes he is dead.
If Stone knew the challenges awaiting him when he returned to the Empire’s navy, he would have stayed on the uncharted planet.
- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 21, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1482774321
- ISBN-13: 978-1482774320
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds