FLYING BLIND by Cameron Cooper
The Indigo Reports 0.5
Space Opera Short Story
Caught between two great enemies.
The freeship Hathaway is boarded by the Eriuman navy while smuggling a Karassian, a mortal enemy of the Eriuman. Captain Tatiana Wang must ease her ship and crew to safety.
Flying Blind is the short prequel to the Indigo Reports science fiction series by award-winning SF author Cameron Cooper.
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The story started rather plainly but ramped up quickly. There is obvious animosity and antagonism between the authorities and everyone else. It appears that war will be inevitable without some major changes taking place. A very short but compelling prequel to this series.
Great start to a new series.
Quite an opening to a series! It moved immediately to the action, put characters front and center, described a situation, and hit the crux of the matter dramatically. The denouement clearly portends the upcoming series.
Very well done and quite enticing to move to the series proper.
Great short story! It is a fascinating glimpse into a new universe with (of course) warring nations and a small family free ship caught in the middle. This little tale shouts family affection while keeping you on the edge of your seat with tension. LOVE Tatiana and Tribunal Lieutenant Scordini de Deluca! I want more.
For a short story this is awesome, grabs you from page one ,you find yourself frantically turning pages to discover whats coming next,To construct such amazing characters,and bring a world to life in such a short story is genius,highly recommended. Now I need to find the next book in this series to continue this amazing adventure,Baz.
This short story is a great way to dip your toes into the world of science fiction. It is a good introduction to some of the characters I am sure we will see in the future. I look forward to the next book!
An interesting start to the series. I look forward to the the next instalment.
We are plunged into a tense event that happens somewhere in a galaxy far far away...with a smart and strong female commanding the ship who faces the threat from a mysterious stranger and his crew boarding her ship!
I'm intrigued to read more!!
I'm looking forward to New Star Rising which is the next book in the Indigo Reports...
So much was conveyed in such a short time! Cameron made us care about this ship’s crew in just a few lines. This was also a great way to introduce Max. A great start and so much more to come!
A great short story to start off a series. It has me very intrigued and ready to read the next books in line. I am looking forward to the rest. Great writing.
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EXCERPT FROM FLYING BLIND
COPYRIGHT © CAMERON COOPER 2020
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Rinat System Provincial Space
The appearance of the Eriuman patrol surprised everyone, including Tatiana herself. They were in neutral territory, minding their own business. To anyone who looked, they were a simple freeship.
“What in the stars above is Erium doing out here?” she demanded of the whole bridge.
“They’re demanding we halt for boarding, Captain!” Ruh called from the communications console.
“Specifics, please,” she asked, forcing her voice back to reasonableness. Others would panic if they heard the captain screeching. “And I want our passenger here, right now. I have some questions for her.”
Tatiana ran through possible scenarios, weighing and discarding potential strategies, but she didn’t have enough information yet. “Ruh?”
Her brother wrinkled his nose as he read the data. “A convoyer. The AI thinks it might be the Africanus.”
A convoyer. “Scan wide,” Tatiana said quickly. “Highest sensivity. Convoyers don’t travel alone.” She lifted her voice. “And someone tell me about the Africanus!”
There was a murmur of voices by the bridge gate. Three of the crew were hauling their passenger along by her arms. Marisol. Like most Karassians, she had only the one name. The three let her go. She stood on the decking in front of Tatiana, her arms crossed and her head tilted. She had declared herself an Upgrade, rather than a Standard, but had not specified what category of Upgrade she was. Other Karassians might have insisted on the details, but free citizens just didn’t care. At least Marisol looked normal. The biocomps and biobots didn’t fit in anywhere but central Karassia.
“Why is there a Eriuman patrol demanding to board my ship?” Tatiana asked her.
Marisol shrugged. “When they enter, you can ask them.”
“Perhaps I should put you out in front of the welcoming committee,” Tatiana said. “They’re here for you, aren’t they?”
Marisol shook her head. Her hair was perfect Karassian blonde, her lips full and symmetrical and her eyes a flawless brown. She looked much like every other Karassian Tatiana had ever met. The standard enhancements every Karassian received before birth made them that way, especially to outsiders. Even her disdain fit the pattern. “They are not here for me,” Marisol declared firmly. Too firmly.
“Something you’re carrying, then,” Tatiana surmised. “Search her.”
Marisol tried to struggle, but there were too many free staters willing to hold her down. She swore, and leaned up on one elbow from her prone position on the deck, as someone handed Tatiana a small, shielded box. It sat on Tatiana’s palm, looking innocent.
“A whole patrol for this?” Tatiana moved her hand, examining it from every angle. She made no move to open it, though. Noxious things came in small packages, as well as big, Erium-sized ones.