Here’s a taste of Stolen Youth – the next in the Franklin and Davis series.

Here’s a preview of Stolen Youth.

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This one is in editing right now. It’s a full-length novel, and it’s rated NC-17 – so beware if you don’t like bad language, violence, ect. It follows the further exploits of George Franklin and Malcolm Davis. Hoping to have it out in a couple months.

This is Chapter 38 “Red Relatives” – these cretins are the wild, savage siblings of Red Dagger, a serial killer who tangled with Malcolm Davis and didn’t live through it…

“Dammit, Fergey, knock it off!” shouted Fred.

Fergey was driving the van, weaving in and out of traffic like a madman, narrowly missing several cars and a semi-truck. They were blasting down I-75 from Gaylord, Michigan. Fred was in the passenger seat, eyes wide, sweating. Hal was sitting in back, leaned against the paneled wall, playing his harmonica.

“Will you stop with that, Hal?” Fred shouted. “And Fergey, don’t forget to get on route…

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Space Opera Part 21 – The Nudge

Here’s the next episode of Space Opera.

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My heart pounded as I looked at Tim’s image on my PA. “Are they attacking Earth yet?”

“Not that we can tell,” Tim said. “It’s a long-range scan, so we might not be able to see that level of detail.”

“Should we go do something about this?” Cyrus asked.

“I need to get back to the ship and look at my news alerts,” Nolan said.

“You can’t get them here?” Vermillion asked.

“Nope,” Nolan said. “I’ve got to be onboard. That’s where my tokens are.”

“The Zephyrus or the New Jersey?” I asked.

“Either. I moved copies of my tokens to the New Jersey when we were traveling here.”

“Move them to the Tristar as well,” Vermillion said.

My heart was still pounding. JJ looked at me.

“Your face is flushed.”

“Our home is about to come under attack,” I said, my voice trembling with anger.

“They might not attack…

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Space Opera Part 20 – Rail Car

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Deacon, JJ, Nolan, and I took the lift from the Zephyrus to the lower bay. Vermillion was near the ramp of the Tristar, chatting with Cyrus as we approached.

“Thanks for getting down here so quickly,” Vermillion said. “We’ll be leaving in a minute.”

“This ought to be interesting,” I said. “Never been on this ship before.”

“I have, a few times,” JJ said. “It’s more like a research ship than a freighter.”

“Yes, the Zephyrus has more cargo capacity, even though it’s smaller,” Vermillion said. “This ship is faster, though.”

“My module will increase its speed even more,” Nolan said.

“Shall we?” Cyrus asked. He turned and walked up the ramp, the rest of us following.

I saw what JJ was talking about right away. The Tristar had less of an industrial look. It didn’t remind me of a research ship either. More like a luxury business transport. The…

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Space Opera Part 19 – Mystery Ship

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We were still on the New Jersey bridge, staring at the massive ship on the main screen.

“We need to find Ecason,” Nolan said.

Vermillion laughed. “We aren’t gonna chase ghosts around the universe. We need to get back to Amberis and work the fuel supply issue with Tac, and I need to oversee the construction of the first three New Jersey Class ships.”

“So we’re dropping you someplace, then?” Nolan asked.

“I’ll be taking the Tristar to the lead manufacturing plant.”

“Is that safe?” JJ asked, shooting a glance at Cyrus.

“I believe so,” Vermillion said, “but we are heading into a time of war. That’s obvious. All of us will have to be vigilant. War is very unpredictable.”

“You aren’t going to tell us where you’re going, are you?” Andrea asked.

“Sorry, afraid not,” Vermillion said. “You understand, I hope.”

“We might get captured,” I said, “although if…

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