Zero Flux (Central Galactic Concordance Book 2.5 Novella)

Zero Flux (Central Galactic Concordance Book 2.5 Novella)

by Carol Van Natta

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Zero Flux (Central Galactic Concordance Book 2.5 Novella) by Carol Van Natta

Luka and Mairwen (Overload Flux ) take on a very cold case, a secret lab, and the find of a lifetime. Which one of them is worth killing for? Forensic investigator Luka Foxe had gladly left his troubled past far behind, so only a plea from his old friend and mentor to investigate a violent crime scene frozen in an ice cave could have lured him back. Unfortunately, his old friend knows far more than he's telling, which could get them all killed, even with security specialist Mairwen Morganthur on their side. An unexpected ice fall reveals a hidden lab buried deep in a mountain and the find of a lifetime. Now someone is trying to make sure those secrets stay frozen in time, even if it means more deaths...

Buy Zero Flux today and continue the adventure.

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Zero Flux is a 17,000-word novella that is best enjoyed after reading Overload Flux, the novel that introduces Luka, Mairwen, and the worlds of the Central Galactic Concordance.

Includes a bonus free chapter from Minder Rising, the standalone second novel in the Central Galactic Concordance series.

The Central Galactic Concordance series:
-- Overload Flux (Book 1) – standalone
-- Minder Rising (Book 2) – standalone
-- Zero Flux (Novella 2.5) – sequel to Overload Flux
-- Pico's Crush (Book 3) – coming Winter 2015-2016

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150922471
Publisher: Chavanch Press, LLC
Publication date: 09/20/2015
Series: Central Galactic Concordance , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 136,933
File size: 211 KB

About the Author

Carol Van Natta is an independent science fiction author. Works include Overload Flux, Minder Rising, Zero Flux, and Hooray for Holopticon. She shares her Fort Collins, CO home with a sometime mad scientist and various cats. Visit her on the Web at author.carolvannatta.com, where you can sign up for her infrequent but newsworthy newsletter at

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Zero Flux (Central Galactic Concordance Book 2.5 Novella) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
LolaReviews 10 months ago
This was a fun short novella following Mairwen and Luka when they go to Luka's home planet to solve a very cold case. There is a bit of mystery and I enjoyed spending a bit more time with Luka and Mairwen. The mystery and the case they had to solve wasn't as complex or long as the ones in the full length books, but it still was a fun read. I liked how they slowly figured out what had happened here and how far someone would go to protect their secrets. There are some small mentions of events in the main series and Luka and Mairwen are already an established couple, but this one might work as introduction to the series. Although personally I think it works best read in order. I wonder if the events in this novella will tie in with the main plot lines as well eventually. I really like both Mairwen and Luka and it was great to spend some time with them again in this novella. I also liked seeing how they were doing now and how the were settles into their new lives and in their relationship a bit more than at the end of Overload Flux. It was lovely revisiting them again and I hope to see them in the rest of the series too. They are just so great together and I am happy the author wrote this novella about them. To summarize: this was a fun addition to the series. I liked spending a bit more time with Luka and Mairwen. The mystery is a bit shorter than in the main novels, but it was still a fun read and I enjoyed discovering what had happened here. I also thought it was interesting we got to visit Luka's home planet and I liked the bits we see about how Luka and Mairwen are doing now. It can be read as standalone probably, but I think it's most fun when read in order and it's a great series so far. All in all this was a fun read and an awesome series so far and I like every new bit we learn about this universe and the people in it.
LolaReviews 10 months ago
This was a fun short novella following Mairwen and Luka when they go to Luka's home planet to solve a very cold case. There is a bit of mystery and I enjoyed spending a bit more time with Luka and Mairwen. The mystery and the case they had to solve wasn't as complex or long as the ones in the full length books, but it still was a fun read. I liked how they slowly figured out what had happened here and how far someone would go to protect their secrets. There are some small mentions of events in the main series and Luka and Mairwen are already an established couple, but this one might work as introduction to the series. Although personally I think it works best read in order. I wonder if the events in this novella will tie in with the main plot lines as well eventually. I really like both Mairwen and Luka and it was great to spend some time with them again in this novella. I also liked seeing how they were doing now and how the were settles into their new lives and in their relationship a bit more than at the end of Overload Flux. It was lovely revisiting them again and I hope to see them in the rest of the series too. They are just so great together and I am happy the author wrote this novella about them. To summarize: this was a fun addition to the series. I liked spending a bit more time with Luka and Mairwen. The mystery is a bit shorter than in the main novels, but it was still a fun read and I enjoyed discovering what had happened here. I also thought it was interesting we got to visit Luka's home planet and I liked the bits we see about how Luka and Mairwen are doing now. It can be read as standalone probably, but I think it's most fun when read in order and it's a great series so far. All in all this was a fun read and an awesome series so far and I like every new bit we learn about this universe and the people in it.
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews More than 1 year ago
likeable story! This novella fits perfectly between two stories and it's a wonderful story that continues from the book previous story. It brings in characters that were enjoyed in Overload Flux, and brings policing the universe to a new level. Luka and Mairwen are once again brought together, and for a short, it's very well put together, with great detail and closure to the story. It is a good segway into the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story but the ending was too abrupt!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I liked: Although I mistakenly took this mid-series side story to be a prequel, I didn't feel lost or out of depth. There was enough back story and strength of character for this to be read as a standalone/out of sequence story, though probably better read in its correct series order. I'm also a sucker for psi abilities/genetic and/or mechanical enhancements, so those elements in this novella had me hooked. The tech was a comfortable level for those who don't want a shedload of science but enough to interest me and leave me wanting more ie to read the other books. What I didn't like: Despite the MCs precarious position, the tension was lacking. I didn't really feel the full sense of danger and possibility of death. It also felt a touch abrupt/incomplete at the end but as part of a series I didn't have a huge problem with that particular issue. In conclusion: This is a murder mystery for fans of space opera along the lines of Star Trek/Farscape, and who like a reasonable level of tech but are willing to find their SciFi smexiness in the other books (since there was only a hint in this particular story). Also for those who like ice planets, and for those who want a quick SF mystery fix. While it can stand alone, I would probably recommend reading it in correct sequence.