R and R Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Dylan Hunt and the Crew of the Andromeda Ascendant have been fighting the good fight to re-establish the Systems Commonwealth. They need some serious rest and relaxation. Fortunately, they arrive at Paradise Drift, an ideal spot for a quick vacation. In the drift, the crew can play at pirates, medieval knights, gladiators--almost anything imaginable--in the virtual gaming scenarios concocted for visitors' pleasure.
Since the drift wishes to join the New Systems Commonwealth, the crew is given carte blanche to enjoy all of the drift's facilities for free. This is a welcome gift for the weary crew, but it doesn't take long for complications to arise. First, Trance Gemini vanishes without a trace. Then their tech-wizard Seamus Harper visits a harem, only to be confronted by a woman from his past who has a knife and a score to settle. Even worse, Pilot Beka Valentine is relentlessly pursued by a bounty hunter who desperately wants to claim the price on her head. And Captain Dylan Hunt hasn't been worrying about his losing streak at a glamorous gambling parlor, until he discovers that gambling debts on the drift are anything but virtual. Little does Dylan know, he could end up paying for his debts with his head!
Meanwhile, back on the ship, warrior Tyr Anasazi and ship's AI Rommie are forced to defend the Andromeda Ascendant against aggression from an unlikely source. What follows is an exciting, suspenseful deep-space adventure that will surely satisfy viewers of the TV series and readers with a taste for space opera.
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Sherwood Smith is the author of the Crown and Court Duel fantasy series and the young adult Wren novels, and has collaborated on works with Science Fiction Grand Master Andre Norton, and with David Trowbridge. She also has written novels based on Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict. She resides in Anaheim, CA.Review:
"The Broken Places explores the wildest realms of Gene Roddenberry's imagination with the rich depth and texture that only a novel can aspire to."
--Carleton Eastlake, Executive Consultant, Farscape
"The Broken Places is a fast-dance of a magically imagined space trip--true to the playful energy and open-ended adventurous spirit of the legacy. Ethlie has once again given us lots of fun--and it's wonderful to spend some quality time with this great cast of beloved characters."
"Set in a complicated universe full of difficult challenges, screenwriter McDonald's franchise tie-in with the popular TV show is sure to please its target audience. The author weaves the plot threads together ingeniously."
--Publishers Weekly on Waystation
"Each and every character and event in Destruction of Illusions is keenly and skillfully portrayed allowing the reader to lose themselves in the story right up until you turn the last page."
--Jacqueline Bundy, Sci-Fi Pulse
"DeCandido proves an expert at capturing the feel and dialog of the Andromeda series and its characters. Snappy dialog and strong storytelling make this title a good choice for sf or popular culture collections."
--Library Journal on Destruction of Illusions
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