A hero with big expectations. A daughter who doesn't want to live in his shadow.
Siti Kassis joins her father, the "Hero of Darenti Four," on his last assignment: to find and explore the deserted homeworld of mankind. It's a twenty-year mission, and a chance to make history—even if twenty years in deep sleep is a bummer of a way to start her "gap year." But what awaits them is beyond everyone's expectations.
This volume includes:
The Earth Concurrence
The Grissom Contention
The Saha Declination
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"Going back to earth is a great way to get this party started and it only gets better."– Amazon review
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"Make a hole!" a voice called over the rumble of conversation. I stepped to the side of the corridor, glancing over my shoulder as I moved. A squad of men and women jogged in formation, their faces focused. As soon as the group passed, those of us pressed against the bulkheads relaxed and returned to our business.
"I wish they'd stay in the gym," a man in front of me muttered. His coverall identified him as a ship's engineer.
"They say it's too crowded now," a woman wearing lieutenant's bars replied with a hint of disbelief. "I think they just like to make the rest of us feel inferior. We haven't woken that many of them, yet."
"How many we got this turn?" the engineer asked.
"Fifty," the woman said. "Plus his excellency and the princess. We'll wake the other fifty when we park."
Anger kindled in the pit of my stomach. His excellency and the princess?
"His excellency?" the man asked. "You mean Kassis? Who calls him that?"
The woman glared at her companion.
"Sir," the man added.
The woman's glare faded. "Just something I heard at the club. Don't spread it around. I'll deny saying it."
"He seems okay to me," the man said. "And that nickname sounds kind of derisive. Sir."
"There are a few people who don't love Kassis," the lieutenant said. "And don't forget it." She gave the man a hard look, then caught me glaring from behind him. Her eyes widened a little. "Good morning, Ms. Kassis."
"Good morning, Lieutenant," I replied as I pushed past them. "Sergeant."
"Did she hear us?" the sergeant muttered as I sped away. "Sir?"
Terkvards. I glowered and swung into the grav-lift.
I stepped out on the recreation deck and headed for the gym. The passageway rumbled with a dozen different conversations. The ship's crew bustled around me, everyone moving with purpose. They hurried past, discussing scrubber status and drive vibrations and dilithium crystals.
Not really. Dilithium crystals aren't real. They're from an old vid series my dad liked to watch on Ancient TēVē. I thought it was pretty hokey—transporter rays, phasers, and warp drives. And the effects were terrible. But he liked the characters. He said it was a remake of an even older series that originated on ancient Earth. That's why he studied it, I guess.
My name is Serenity Kassis, and my father is Nathanier. Yes, that Nathanier Kassis. The guy who discovered the first sentient non-humans in the system. He liked to tell people it was a team effort, but he was the commander on that expedition, so he gets the credit. And, to be honest, he really was the one who spotted them first.
Exploring new worlds takes a toll, so Dad decided to retire on a high note. But when they offered him one more mission—this mission—he couldn't say no.