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CHALLENGE TO THE STARS
It is the 25th Century. The space cruiser Beagle explores a planet ravaged by war millennia ago, now inhabited by hostile, savage, mutated descendants of the planet's original humanoid species.
When the Beagle re-enters orbit on departure, the craft is shot down by an ancient, planetary defense network long pre-dating the alien savages. The aliens abduct two women officers—the sexy and sultry Maya Terrazone and the bright but petulant Veronica Winters. Colonel Kendrick Landry, together with Veronica's pet telepathic alien tiger named Jones, leads a rescue party to find and bring back the two women. Even if the two women still live and Landry can rescue them, he wonders if his group can survive another crossing of the planet's desert terrain—teeming with the savage humanoids—to return to the Beagle.
More, it will be virtually impossible to repair crash damage to the Beagle with the creatures lurking outside the craft.
The Beagle team learns that the savage alien race is going extinct because a virus from long ago biological warfare has killed off all the females. All the surviving creatures are male. Landry poses a challenge to the Beagle's genetic scientists: can they create adult females for the creatures and preserve the planet's dying humanoid race? If so, might the added presence of females distract the vicious male creatures and permit the Beagle crew to complete repairs and escape the planet?
But even if the Beagle crew does regain orbit around the planet, then the ancient, mechanized planetary defense network may fire upon them a second—and likely fatal—final time.
This dilemma is Colonel Landry and the Beagle crew's Challenge To The Stars . .
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN LIBERATING HUMAN SLAVES IS AGAINST THE LAW?
In the 25th Century the starcraft Aurora travels to planet Alpha Centauri B-III and the Aurora commander, Colonel Kendrick Landry, discovers that descendants of the colonization crew of the Green Horizon, Earth's first interstellar starcraft, are living in centuries-old enslavement to a lizard-like race.
The First Intergalactic Alliance does not permit liberation of the human slaves because the planet is not a member of the Alliance and subject to Alliance law.
Alliance law would sanction the Aurora's defense—including even offensive action against the lizard government, permitting its overthrow by human resistance fighters on the planet—but only if the lizard government has first attacked the Aurora.
Without the knowledge or consent of Colonel Landry, head-strong officer Major Will Adams devises a scheme to provoke an attack by the lizard command and so justify a retaliatory pre-emptive strike by the Aurora against the lizards.
The lizards attack the Aurora, in orbit around the planet, with surprisingly devastating force. Now the command and crew of the Aurora will be fortunate to ensure their own survival—let alone assist in liberation of the lizards' human slaves!
A FINAL BATTLE
A FINAL BATTLE . . .
This novel is the third in the Colonel Kendrick Landry space adventure series. The novel is an intriguing blend of classic science-fiction, military science fiction, spy novel, and romance.
It is the 25th Century. On the far off Earth colonial planet of Sirius V, settled long ago by North Americans and Europeans on a Western continent and by radical religious zealots from Earth's Middle East on an Eastern continent, a final showdown is about to occur.
The Eastern continent has been attacking the West. The First Intergalactic Alliance dispatches Colonel Landry to Sirius V in the starcraft Aurora to locate and destroy a hidden radical Eastern base on the planet. After the Aurora's military fighters disable and occupy two Eastern headquarters, there should have been no more attacks on the West. But the attacks continue, apparently from the invisible hidden base which Landry was sent to locate and destroy.
As it turns out, the hidden Eastern headquarters is located in a version of the same planet existing in a parallel universe which is accessible through a man-made "wormhole" in the mountains. A treacherous double agent guide from the West leads Landry and his team through the wormhole where Landry and the beautiful blonde Major Veronica Winters are taken captive and ransomed by the sinister Eastern leader Bin Obami.
Now that Landry has found the hidden Eastern base, will he and Veronica be able to escape from it, much less destroy it?