The smell of charred circuitry wasn't a perfume Elspeth Roussel liked to wear.
Helm of the Empire destroyer Nostradamus, El is the best at what she does. No one flies the big ships like she can. But Empire starships die in the hard black, the upstart Republic hammering them apart through sheer force of numbers.
When the Nostradamus is sent on a suicide mission to destroy Republic shipyards, El's courage under fire is tested. She needs to come up with a plan to save her ship, despite her captain's desire to go down in a blaze of glory. If she manages victory, they might live to see another day. If she doesn't, the Republic will climb closer to victory on the corpses of the Nostradamus' crew.
Tyche's Chosen is the second story in Richard Parry's gripping Tyche Origins hexalogy. If you like page-turning space opera with great dialogue and heart-pumping action, grab your copy. Also in the Tyche Origins collection.
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This is the first book in the series which gives the backgrounds for the crew of the Tyche, in this case Elspeth. As a background story published after the main story, you have to wonder if you should read it first or not. And the answer is maybe. Each origin story is a complete standalone and they are not necessary for your enjoyment of the main series, so the order is up to you. Now, whenever you do get around to reading this one, be prepared for an excellent high action story. You get a little more character development here as that is the entire purpose of the origin story, but you still get a well written story with lots of action. This one gives you space battles instead of palace politics, which suits me just fine. Highly recommended. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout for review purposes.
I confess El is my least favorite of the Tyche's crew. It has nothing to do with the character development or anything she does or doesn't do. It's simply a matter of not connecting with her in the same way. Reading her back-story helped significantly. Even so, though it certainly wasn't short on excitement, this story didn't really resonate with me until she met the old man in the shop (you'll understand this after you read it). After that, I was hooked and couldn't put the e-book down. If you're a fan of the Tyche series, you won't want to miss this installment.