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With the help of his commanding officer, a genetically engineered ex-soldier fights back against the government that created him and others like him to be expendable slaves....

Halvor Cullen, a genetically-engineered and technology implanted ex-soldier, doesn't see himself as a hero. After getting out of the service, all he's interested in is chasing the adrenaline rush his body was designed to crave. Hal knows he won't live long anyway; vat soldiers like him are designed to die early or will be burnt out from relentlessly seeking the rush. His best friend and former CO, Tyce, is determined not to let that happen and distracts him by work salvaging crashed ships in the Edge.

Then Hal's ship gets a new crewmember - a hacker-turned-tecker named Vivi. As they become friends, Hal wonders if he's got a chance with a natural-born like her. Then on a job, the crew finds a sphere that downloads an alien presence into their ship....

Multiple clashes with the military force Hal and his crew to choose sides. The battle they fight will determine the fate of vats and natural-borns throughout the galaxy. Will they join the movement against the Coalition? What has invaded their ship's computer? And can there be a real future for a vat with an expiration date?

©2020 Ginger Smith (P)2020 Angry Robot

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  • 24-05-2021

An enjoyable romp in a new sci fi world

This would definitely qualify as a page turner. Whenever I began reading I never wanted to put it down. The characters are incredibly easy to latch onto a feel multidimensional. The plot is fun but does deal in some real issues and I never felt a lull in the story. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who appreciates sci fi and wants to sit down for a fun ride with a lovable misfit crew.

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