A True dislike of Children
Captain Drake had given commands to his second to dump all the teens into space, only his Second never got the chance. Colonel Lancaster insisted the students provide their opinions on where they should land the ship. Thus, their young geniuses’ deaths are delayed, since the captain cannot order them to be rounded up and toss into space while Colonel Lancaster sits beside him at the helm.
But why does he hate the teens?
It turns out the captain has a demon inside him, and the demon, which has taken over, hates the joy and happiness of children. In fact, their laughter causes him intense pain.
Dangers continue even as the crew of soldiers, scientists, and brilliant teens quantum leap to space near Titan.
Captain Drake has his own agenda, and it doesn’t include Colonel Lancaster, or the students being alive for much longer. Fortunately, the scientists and students are a formidable group to go against. The attempted takeover is stopped with only one death.
When Scarlett lands the ship on the north pole near the methane lake, they discover several sentient life forms. They also learn that the moon, Pan, is actually a ship called the Death Star, mining minerals in the outer rings of Saturn. Even more shocking—Jupiter is not a planet, but a disguised ‘eye in the sky’ watching over the mining interests of a superior sentient planet.
“Would you mind if I contact my scientists, so they might assist you in finding our landing site?”
Caesar huffed. “Do you think they are capable of providing any real help in this matter?”
“I am quite certain of it. These are brilliant scientists, even the kids.”
“Hold on! I don’t want the kids involved.”
“That’s not your say, Caesar. It’s mine. It is also my responsibility to ensure they behave. But when they give an excellent suggestion, and the other scientist and I agree, you will follow it. Treat them like adult crew members, because they are the reason we will succeed.”
“More likely the reason we will fail,” Drake grumbled.
“Just give them a chance, Caesar,” Lancaster softly, yet sternly, requested.
“All right, but on one condition. Stop calling me Caesar. You can call me Captain. You can call me Drake. You can even call me Captain Drake.”
Lancaster chuckled. “Drake it is. Now will you please open the com, so I can talk to my entire crew?”
“If you say ‘please’ to the kids, they are going to have you for lunch,” Drake warned.
“You’re going to have to share with me what sent you over the edge on teens. But right now, just open the com and prepare to be astounded.”
“I bet you a day’s ration of water they’ll be in hysterics,” Drake warned.
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About the Author
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.
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