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FLYING BLIND by Cameron Cooper

The Indigo Reports 0.5

Space Opera Short Story

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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.

The Indigo Reports series:
0.5 Flying Blind
1.0 New Star Rising
1.1 But Now I See
2.0 Suns Eclipsed
3.0 Worlds Beyond
3.5 The Indigo Reports

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Flying Blind
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 18 reviews
 by Carol

Great start to a new series.

 by Eric
Flying Blind - succinct and dramatic

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.

 by Barbsra Prichard
Flying Blind

I enjoyed this story and recommend it. The characters were believable the actions were smart and kept ..me reading. I look forward to reading the next one!

 by Juneta Key
Can't Wait To Read The Next Book

This is a short read that sets up this series. It has great world building, wonderful character development. It kept me flipping pages until the end and wanting more. I can't wait to read the next one.

 by Terry
Hard to see clearly when Flying Blind

This was a very good book, the characters were dynamic and likeable, and the story left you wanting more.

 by Mark Sparg
FLYING BLIND

Excellent Story, well written, Gripping, Suspence, Compliments to Author on a well written story, waiting for next in Series

 by Kathi Soniat
Pure Sci-fi Brilliance!!!!

Short and sweet, we get to witness a tension-filled altercation between a family freeship and the powerful Eriumans. Mostly a battle of wits, we quickly learn how each team operates, and one is left owing the other a favor.

Totally engrossing, and I’m ready for more!!!!

 by Jezus Wingerden
Flying blind

This short story is a once started have to finish story and so after this you will want to know what comes next!
Very good!

 by Marti Panikkar
Flying Blind

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.

 by Baz
Outstanding

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.

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Excerpt

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.”

People moved.

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.


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