Excerpt of Crisis at Validor by Greta van der Rol
This book stars Captain Brett Butcher, who appeared in the first two books in the series (The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy and The Iron Admiral: Deception) as Grand Admiral Saahren’s adjutant.
Here’s a short excerpt, when Tarlyn has realized it’s Brett who has rescued her from a deadly situation.
A skimcycle rocketed past their hiding place. Butcher waited a few more minutes, his finger poised over his pistol’s trigger.
Tarlyn tapped his hand resting on her arm. “Long enough. They hunt in packs.” She walked back to the road, her long skirt swirling around her legs, then stood for a moment, listening. “It sounds like it’s all over.”
No more sirens, shots or explosions, although smoke curled up into the sky from the direction of the temple square.
Tarlyn gazed up at him, searching his face. “You’re the last person on this planet I would have expected to see here, now. Are you still in the Confederacy Fleet?”
He swallowed. The years fell away and for a moment he was seventeen again, smitten and tongue-tied. Idiot. “Yes. Still in the Fleet. I’m on leave before I take over a new command. It’s been fifteen years since I was on Validor. I thought it was time I came home.”
Crisis at Validor synopsis
Newly-promoted Captain Brett Butcher is about to achieve his life-long ambition to command a battle cruiser. But before he takes up his new posting, he goes home on leave, hoping to perhaps catch a glimpse of his first love, the unattainable Lady Tarlyn.
When the queen is assassinated in a terrorist attack, Tarlyn’s life is thrown into turmoil when she, too, becomes a target. The last person she expects to rescue her is her childhood sweetheart, Brett Butcher.
As Validor’s Ptorix and human populations face off over a group of islands neither owns, the calls for war grow louder. Torn between love, duty and ambition, Butcher and Tarlyn struggle to prevent an inter-species conflict, while the ember of love that has smouldered for so long bursts into flame. But with planetary peace at stake, both will be forced to choose; love or duty.
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