Hitchhikers are trouble in any galaxy.
Carl Ramsey has a starship to run. Down on his luck, struggling to pay the cost of fuel, he's just looking for some quick, easy cash. While looting the wreck of passenger ship, they discover that one escape pod never ejected, and the passengers are still alive. A routine salvage job turns into a rescue mission, and a good deed never goes unpunished. With two refugees aboard, Captain Carl Ramsey finds that his ship, the Mobius, has a target painted on its hull. Someone is after the new passengers, and willing to stop at nothing to get them back.
With his ex-wife as pilot, a drunken mechanic, a predatory bodyguard, and an outcast wizard from the Convocation, what's a captain to do? Just get paid for the job, and try to keep everyone alive. That's all you can ever ask, really.
Salvage Trouble is the first mission of Black Ocean, a science fantasy series set in the 26th century. Do you wish there had been a second season of Firefly? Do you love the irreverent fun of Guardians of the Galaxy? Have you ever wondered how Star Wars would have turned out if Luke and Obi-wan had ditched the rebellion to become smugglers with Han and Chewie? Then Black Ocean is the series for you!
Pick up your copy of Salvage Trouble, and aim to misbehave with the crew of the Mobius.
About the Author
I am a creator of worlds and a destroyer of words. As a fantasy writer, my works range from traditional epics to futuristic fantasy with starships. I have worked as an unpaid Little League pitcher, a cashier, a student library aide, a factory grunt, a cubicle drone, and an engineer--there is some overlap in the last two.
Through it all, though, I was always a storyteller. Eventually I started writing books based on the stray stories in my head, and people kept telling me to write more of them. Now, that's all I do for a living.
I enjoy strategy, worldbuilding, and the fantasy author's privilege to make up words. I am a gamer, a joker, and a thinker of sideways thoughts. But I don't dance, can't sing, and my best artistic efforts fall short of your average notebook doodle. When you read my books, you are seeing me at my best.
My ultimate goal is to be both clever and right at the same time. I have it on good authority that I have yet to achieve it.
Visit me at jsmorin.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am a Firefly fan and it reminded me of that with some rather interesting characters who are not human. This was a short introduction to the futuristic setting, political situation, and characters. One big change from Firefly and some similar stories is that in this universe they use tech and magic which makes for interesting possibilities. I will definitely comtinue this series. Hope the next is a full book!
Good read. DMB
I picked this up to read on the plane for my overseas vacation. Didn't have high expectations, but was I ever in for a surprise! What a quirky cast of characters! It took awhile to figure out just who and what each crew member was, but the story was a wild ride. I enjoyed the new twist on gravity and how it is controlled. Captain Carl makes you cringe at first, but he grows on you. I can't imagine being on the same space ship with an ex-spouse, but they manage to pull it off. I liked the story so much that I bought the next four books. Thankfully, they are available in a boxed set! If you are a fan of Lindsay Boroker's Fallen Empire series or Simon Haynes's Hal Spacejock, you will enjoy this book!