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.
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.
This is a short prequel story to the author's ongoing SF space series. As such, no prior knowledge is needed.
I found this to be a wonderful story which grabbed my attention from the start and never let go. The story is very well written, with a well developed setting and excellent characters. The story, while short, packs in a lot of material and is an intense read, so be prepared to read it in one sitting. Then expect to want to grab the next book.
Great prequel to the series. It was very gripping for such a short work, and had me on pins and needles. Definitely worth reading!
I enjoyed this short tale. The tension aboard the Hathaway, free family owned ship, can be cut with a knife, when they are unexpectedly boarded by the Eriuman Navy. The Eriunan are ruthless and merciless and Captain Tatiana and her crew fear for their lives.
They think they are still in free space, but are quickly informed of their ignorance. The fear is a live pulsing thing, as the ship is searched from top to bottom. The Hathaway is smuggling an enemy of Eriuman. What they did not know however, was that this passenger was carrying something the Eruiman wanted. Their ignorance can cost them everything!!
The plot twists and turns unexpectedly and the ending is completely unpredictable. I am pleased to report an unexpected happy ending for most involved. Well done Cameron on this interesting story!
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!
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.
This was a very good book, the characters were dynamic and likeable, and the story left you wanting more.
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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.