Oath of Duty | The Audacity Saga: Book 5
Jump into this epic adventure in a galaxy where abuse of science is rampant and hope is all some people have left.
Some oaths, once made, can’t be easily escaped.
In a desperate battle, Commander Ellen Ryu was forced to surrender to the Union and face charges as a deserter in exchange for the freedom of her crew—and her friends—aboard the starship Audacity.
Of course, Lieutenant Kael Sidassian wouldn’t let her play the martyr alone, so he stowed away and accompanied her to face the Union and her inevitable fate.
Now prisoners aboard the Union ship the Everest, Ellen and Kael have never had less power—or more determination—to defeat the woman who nearly ruined Ellen’s life.
Dr. Arakovic and her cultish telepathic followers the Songbirds grow stronger, controlling strategic individuals like mindless puppets. But the Songbird infiltration goes even deeper than any of them might guess. One more victory, and the Songbirds will be unstoppable.
Ellen and Kael know where and when to attack before it’s too late. But instead, they’re headed to the Union Inner Planets for Ellen’s trial and possible execution. And that’s if her old nemesis, Colonel Tauber, doesn’t track her down first.
The chances of an untimely, unceremonious death that does nothing to stop Songbird galactic conquest are pretty good.
And will the captain of the Everest, Ellen’s former flame, be a boon or a burden?
Ellen and Kael will find that some oaths, once made, can’t be easily escaped.
And some bonds, once forged, aren’t easily broken.
This explosive conclusion to the five book series is classic character-driven space opera with a mix of humor, action, and romance. OATH OF DUTY is the fifth and final book in the now complete series, the Audacity Saga.
Snippets from Oath of Duty
“I won’t leave!” Shirin’s voice rang out as Zhia strode up the hallway. “You can’t make me!”
“Now, Shirin. Please. Listen to reason.” Dr. Levereaux was trying to sound reasonable, but to Zhia’s ears—and probably Shirin’s—she sounded more exasperated than persuasive.
Feet were coming up the ladder. Zhia noted Vivaan was heading up the ladder to the third floor, with nothing so much to say to her. Now just where was he going?
“You’re not abandoning me on some stinking rusty space station full of pirates and rats!” Something pounded against the deck. Possibly a girl’s foot.
“It’s not full of pirates exactly, and we’re not abandoning—”
“So it is stinking and rusty and full of rats!”
“I think stinking is a matter of olfactory perspective.”
“What does that even mean?”
“You won’t be alone. They’ll be loads of others with you, including Mr. and Mrs. Simmons, Dr. Taylor, Dr. Persad—” Levereaux froze as Zhia appeared in the open hatch.
Yes, she was brilliant geneticist, but child psychology? A whole unindexed encyclopedia for the poor woman. Which was fair because she hadn’t exactly grown up around other children. Enhancers didn’t exactly care about every aspect of development in their experimental clones.
“Why don’t you let me try?” Zhia said, folding her arms with a smile.
Snippet from the forthcoming OATH OF DUTY, by RK Thorne, unedited and subject to change