BUT NOW I SEE by Cameron Cooper
The Indigo Reports 1.1
Space Opera Short Story
A lethal cat and mouse game.
To pay off a long-standing debt, Tatiana Wang, captain of the freeship Hathaway, takes aboard a politically high-risk passenger. When the Hathaway is caught by the Karassian military’s flagship, led by the biocomp captain Yishmeray, “high risk” becomes “deadly.”
The But Now I See novelette is part of the Indigo Reports space opera series by award-winning SF author Cameron Cooper.
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Excitement PLUS! - we are immediately drawn into a high drama situation with some very interesting characters.
We get reacquainted with a brother and sister spaceship crew who are asked to take Bellona to safety. We meet some new characters who are various combinations of computer, mechanical and biological.
This novelette was an intense and gripping whirlwind of action which tells more of the story of Bellona's escape from her family's home.
This is book 1.1 of the Indigo Reports series and, including the prequel, each instalment just keeps getting better and better! It's a very addictive series!
Cooper delivers an excellent short story in "But Now I See".
Again, the author packs in an immense amount of world building and character development within the confines of a short story.
Don't believe the naysayers scoffing and declaring that the short story is dead. Cooper and others like her prove time and time again that it is not.
While I enjoyed the story, despite some sad elements, on it's own, the extremely powerful message that I took away from the story is as true now as when humans began and will remain so until time ends.
I highly recommend this story.
This series keeps getting better. Just who are these characters and what is their end game. Not many authors are writing great science fiction like this anymore so if you love Asimov or Clarke, you will love Cameron Cooper. Make sure that you have plenty of time when you start this book because you won’t want to put it down.
Cameron’s writing hits home every time! I felt the whole story like I was a part of it. Felt the different emotions from Bellona and Max’s parting to the final words.So powerful!
Hard hitting, exciting short story/novella. Gut wrenching. I wish it had been longer.
This story is super tense, with unexpected and explosive action. It plays out onboard the Hathaway and the plot has some twists and turns you won't believe! Super sad and explains a lot of questions about Bellona. Well done on a super tale!
A great addition to the series. I loved stories that build on and reveal more about characters I already have gotten to know in a story and like. Great world-building. Characters you can dig into making a strong sci-fi tale that is exciting and enjoyable.
I received a free ARC copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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EXCERPT FROM BUT NOW I SEE
COPYRIGHT © CAMERON COOPER 2020
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Freeship Hathaway. Cardenas Extended Spacezone.
The second time Maximilian Cardenas Scordini de Deluca stepped onto Captain Tatiana Wang’s bridge, he left as deep an impression as the first, but they were very different impressions.
Someone has beaten experience into him lately, Tatiana thought. She held still as the Eriuman lieutenant came toward her, his stride across the steel plating of the bridge deck sure and even.
Everyone on the bridge had grown still, warily watching Lieutenant Cardenas approach their captain. Ruh stood stiffly just in front and to one side of Tatiana, his arms crossed and his legs spread. He was in full protection mode, but he did not attempt to stop Cardenas when the taller man moved passed him. Cardenas didn’t even look at Ruh.
Cardenas was not wearing his pretty purple uniform with the gold braid and ribbons. Instead, his jacket was simple and dark, the trousers even darker. The shirt beneath had no collar, was soiled and rumpled, and looked like he had been wearing it for days. His chin was dark with growth. Fatigue pulled at his black eyes and made his shoulders slump.
His gaze was still direct, though. He remained the privileged son of Erium even though his life had clearly not be easy or pleasant lately.
When the woman stepped out from behind Cardenas, Tatiana was only surprised it was a female accompanying Cardenas. The skiff Ruh had manoeuvred into the cargo bay with the grappling beams had been small, and scans had told them there were two people aboard.
Tatiana spotted blood on the woman’s long skirt and silky shirt, beneath the oversized male jacket only just hanging on her shoulders. The woman had the Eriuman black hair and eyes and the dark olive skin. Her skin glowed with care and good health. Tatiana also spotted the familial features—the similarity to Maximillian Cardenas in her dark, direct gaze and the determined chin. With a jolt, Tatiana realized who this must be: The sister the lieutenant had spoken of, when they had first met. The woman whose influence had made him let Tatiana and her family go, despite Eriuman policy.