Veronica Phoenix by Jim Proctor

No longer answering to the Galactic leaders, Strategic Aerospace Command (SACOM) has evolved into an independent, powerful de facto government themselves. Disregarding civil law, they make and enforce their regulations using security forces and military tribunals. Against his better judgment, Carl Wilkins accepts a salvage contract that promises to make him rich. Aboard the salvage…

31bgoNIlLIL._UX250_No longer answering to the Galactic leaders, Strategic Aerospace Command (SACOM) has evolved into an independent, powerful de facto government themselves. Disregarding civil law, they make and enforce their regulations using security forces and military tribunals. Against his better judgment, Carl Wilkins accepts a salvage contract that promises to make him rich. Aboard the salvage vessel Independence, he and his crew depart to retrieve valuable materials from three SACOM battle cruisers recently abandoned in deep space after their destruction by the Xetians, a hostile alien race. But just days into the mission, a mishap leaves one team contaminated with lethal radioactive debris. As the crew struggles to get their stricken friends aboard the Independence, the Xetians return, and Carl must act quickly to save his crew. Soon he learns that this misfortune was no accident. Someone in SACOM set him up to fail, but why? His only hope of survival is to allow himself to be drawn into a massive conspiracy against SACOM. Piloting the Phoenix, a specially converted space freighter, Carl embarks on a perilous solo mission to prevent SACOM from building a super-weapon capable of destroying an entire star system. Veronica Phoenix will take you on a suspenseful and action-packed journey across the galaxy as Carl Wilkins fights to stop SACOM and to rebuild his shattered life.

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“Fast paced, well written, with a surprise ending”

Five Star Review on AmazonĀ By Brian Mary

A great story with a nice twist of an ending. It’s a quick read, I finished it over a weekend, but it’s quick because it keeps moving. Carl was a well rounded protagonist, came across like a regular guy. There weren’t those long shot plot devices where the main character keeps pulling a rabbit out of a hat, just in time to avoid certain death! Again!

I’d like to see Carl have another adventure, the ending makes it perhaps unlikely, but he’s a pretty resourceful guy so I wouldn’t put it past him. An excellent fast-paced story from a new author, very much worth a read!

About the Author

Jim Proctor has worked as a research engineer and scientist for more than 34 years. An avid reader of science-fiction and fantasy since high school, he began writing his first novel around 2009. He also enjoys writing short stories, and loves a good plot twist.

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