Girl From Above: Betrayal
“My name is #1001, and I am not ready to die.” I’d only just begun to live.
When Captain Caleb Shepperd is released from prison, all he wants to do is keep his head down and earn a living smuggling illegal cargo through the nine systems. So when a synth stows away on his ship, and brings with her a crap-ton of problems, including guilt-ridden secrets he thought he’d escaped, he’d prefer to toss her out the airlock. The problem is, she’s priceless tech, and he’s fresh out of credit.
#1001 is not meant to exist. Created for a single purpose, she has one simple order: to kill. But not everything is as it seems. Buried deep inside, she remebers… Remembers when she was human. And she remembers what Shepperd did to her. She’s not ready to die, but she is ready to kill.
From the bestselling author of The Veil Series comes an action-packed story of love, redemption, and revenge. Pippa DaCosta captures the grit and realism of her urban fantasy stories and injects it, along with some down-and-dirty passion, into the sci-fi genre.
“There’s no quicker way to get yourself killed than trusting someone in the black.” ~ Caleb.
Caleb Shepperd knows Fran has her own motives for helping him escape prison, but he’s not about to let a little thing like past betrayal stand in the way of his next paycheck. Until he’s forced to meet with the sexy and psychotic pirate, Adelina Cande. They’ve met before. When he seduced her, cleared out her credit account, and left her for dead in-the-black.
Caleb figures Adelina holds a grudge when she plants a bomb on his ship and demands he steal a fleet freighter for her, that is, if he ever wants to fly again. Get him drunk enough and he’ll try anything once, but this time, he has to balance his own greed, with the needs of a vengeful pirate and the scheming of his dubious second-in-command, Fran. What could possibly go wrong?
In the heart of Chitec headquarters, #1001 enlists an eager young technician to aid in her escape. But it’s not freedom she wants. It’s revenge. The memories of a life that don’t belong to her demand she finishes what she started. She believes she killed Caleb, now she’s targeting Chitec CEO Chen Hung, and not even the hopeful technician can dissuade her.
Synthetics don’t make mistakes.
She thought she knew the truth.
She was wrong.
“When are you going to stop running, Caleb?”
Taking the synth to the casino capital of the nine systems seemed like a great idea at the time, but as Caleb Shepperd’s many enemies close in, he only has one way out. He must betray #1001.
Caleb can’t make the same mistake twice. Can he?
#1001 has a price on her head. The Fenrir Nine and Chitec will stop at nothing to secure her secrets. The very same secrets that riddle her synthetic mind with faults.
Her systems are failing.
And the one man she’s come to trust may prove to be her enemy.
Girl From Above 4: Trust
“I didn’t sign up to die a hero.” ~ Caleb.
Chen Hung closes in.
The nine systems hang perilously close to a second fatal Blackout.
Billions of lives are at stake.
Does Captain Caleb Shepperd have what it takes to save the nine systems, or just himself?
Caleb never wanted to be a hero. That was his brother’s dream. Keep it simple, get away clean. Flying a ship packed with explosives into Janus orbit station isn’t simple, and there ain’t no way he’s getting away clean.
He knows the Fenrir Nine have sent him on a suicide mission, but he’s not about to lay down his life for them. He’s not a hero, and he sure ain’t no fool despite what the Nine must think. There’s another way, he just has to figure it out before the bomb he’s carrying ticks down to zero.
One survived; against the odds, the brutality, and the betrayal, she survived, but inside, in the part of her that’s real, she’s broken. Broken in ways that cannot be fixed.
She’s going back to where it all began, to Janus—to Chitec, to the ‘man’ who made her. It will take all that she is, all that she was, and all that she could be, to save the nine systems from the synthetics.
She will not fail.
“I am One, and I cannot be stopped.”