In Enemy Hands

In Enemy Hands

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by KS Augustin

The Republic had taken everything from Moon—her research partner, her privacy, her illusions. They thought they had her under control. They were wrong.

Sirin, Moon's new research partner, is a chemically enhanced math genius whose memory is erased every two days. He's also a charming, fascinating man who is attracted to her anew after each memory loss


The Republic had taken everything from Moon—her research partner, her privacy, her illusions. They thought they had her under control. They were wrong.

Sirin, Moon's new research partner, is a chemically enhanced math genius whose memory is erased every two days. He's also a charming, fascinating man who is attracted to her anew after each memory loss cycle.

Escape from the regime that treats them like tools is impossible. There are too many walls around them, too many eyes watching. But when you've got nothing left to lose, running becomes the only option.

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The Differential was a smooth-looking ship that resembled, Moon thought, a pregnant thigh bone. From perusing its schematics, she knew that the bulbous formations at one end housed the bridge and extensive navigation and sensor equipment. At the other end, they contained the ship's massive engines. In the middle were the habitation, work and storage decks, with a small bulge near the bottom where her lab had been hastily tacked on. A smattering of round viewports all along the ship's main body poured shafts of bright light into the surrounding space.

She additionally knew that the ship housed a total of one hundred and twenty crew members, all male, and was designated a medium Raker class. That meant it was used for "lighter" enforcement duties—investigating or cleaning up problems rather than for the heavy coercion to which the Republic usually resorted.

Moon should have been impressed that such a ship had been put at her disposal. It showed the importance the Republic accorded her research, the resources it was prepared to invest in order to make her wishes come true. Three years ago, she would have been jumping with joy, giddy with smug euphoria. But three years ago she was a different person. Now, all she and that person had in common was a name.

The shuttle arced above and approached the other side of the bone, so her glimpse of the newly constructed addition on the elevated display panel at the front of the small ship was brief and maddeningly incomplete. With a frown, Moon moved to the back of the shuttle, checking on her luggage. Once, she couldn't have even contemplated travel without taking with her multiple changes of clothes, a library of only five hundred of her best-loved books and journals, two computers, a current assortment of useful gadgets and her favourite electron microscope…just in case. But the past few years had taught her a lesson in what was—and wasn't—necessary. She had ruthlessly purged her bad habit, replacing it with something approaching ascetism. She had only one large, shapeless bag, and if it resembled the satchel that Kad Minslok had carried that fateful morning an eternity ago, she tried hard not to think about it.

The small craft jerked as it was caught by the ship's tractors, but Moon hardly noticed it, her feet already apart to compensate for the sharp movement. She grabbed the bag by its short, thick handle and walked to the front, ignoring the small group of passengers who were still in their seats. All four were soldiers, none of them high-ranking. Republic drones. She quelled the thought and stared at the dull grey of the curved door, wondering who would be sent to meet her.

Meet the Author

KS Augustin is a Malaysian-born writer of Portuguese-Eurasian descent. Because she has a low boredom threshold, she's been involved in many things over the years, including writing comedy, running her own IT consultancy and, at various times, owning a bookshop, gym, swimming pool business and martial arts school.

As a writer, she dabbles mostly in science fiction, romance and permutations of the two. She's been nominated for several awards (which absolutely makes her day) and has been on the Fictionwise Bestseller list (which caused her to walk on air for almost a week). She's a proud member of Broad Universe, the international organisation that supports women writing science fiction, fantasy and horror.

She and her husband move around a lot and consider the world, rather than any one specific country, to be their home. Tagging along on their frequent country-hopping are two long-suffering children, a brace of grumpy fur-shedding cats and a wilful mini Bull Terrier.

You can find her at, and she keeps an opinionated blog at

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sffwriter More than 1 year ago
I always go in with a bit of trepidation when I read SF. Either it's good SF with mealy characterization or relationships, or it's great chemistry, but poor world building. So color me pleasantly surprised when I picked up KS Augustin's book, IN ENEMY HANDS. The pace was brisk, the narrative intelligent and the characters.ooh, the characters. These were real people. I could see them, touch them. More importantly, I could empathize with them. Moon and Srin are scientists working for the Republic, an autocratic regime who knows how to hold on to its resources-even if they have to control them at the synaptic level. The protagonists are working on stellar forming experiments, research so vital, the Republic will stop at nothing to get their results. Srin, a math genius without equal becomes Moon's research partner, but right from the start Moon realizes there is something strange about him. To keep him under control, the Republic erases Srin's memory every two days. Just to see this scenario played out is reason enough to buy the book. You ache for Srin as he struggles to remember shadows of his past. Augustin nails this character so completely that you can't help but sympathize. Moon is sharp yet compassionate. You can see her struggle with the moral dilemmas that are thrown at her. You understand her fear and why she is so conflicted to help Srin. I was glued to the outcome on whether she would free Srin from his chemical yoke. Augustin had me at the edge of my seat the whole time. If you are a science fiction lover, you must read this book. And if you are a science fiction lover who is tired of cardboard characters, you must read this author. KS Augustin gets it right. Finally, smart science fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a universe created by Augustin, two unlikely people find their way to love each other, overcoming possible death and imprisonment. Wrapped up in a political intrigue, this story emotional turmoil and challenges bring the characters to life and make the reader want more. Truly an engaging book that will leave you looking for the next.
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