Salvage Trouble

Mission 1 of the Black Ocean series

J.S. Morin

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Black Ocean Missions

Science to build a starship. Wizardry to take it past light speed. A crew to give it a soul.

In the year 2254 gravity was officially declared to be magic; the scientists gave up trying to figure it out and handed it over to the wizards. Without the inherent respect for the laws of physics, the wizards poked and prodded at gravity, poring over all that science knew about the attraction of one object to the next, and dismissing it as poppycock. They discovered ways around the tired old limits, and gave birth to the first true starships. Some enlightened journalist, covering the maiden voyage of the Impossible, noted that the ship was shaped like a hand giving the middle finger to science.

The dreams of children came alive, and humanity expanded into the cosmos, unlocking the secrets of the galaxy.

Who could have foreseen that three hundred years later, a down-on-his-luck captain would be answering distress calls, hoping to arrive in time to get first pick of the salvage …

Mission 1: Salvage Trouble

A routine salvage job turns into a rescue mission, and a good deed never goes unpunished. With two refugees aboard, Captain Carl Ramsey finds that his ship, the Mobius, has a target painted on its hull. Someone is after the new passengers, and willing to stop at nothing to get them back.

With his ex-wife as pilot, a drunken mechanic, a predatory bodyguard, and an outcast wizard from the Convocation, what’s a captain to do? Just get paid for the job, and try to keep everyone alive. That’s all you can ever ask, really.

“I mostly read Epic Fantasy, which J.S. Morin does very well. This is shorter, and it Sci-Fi so I was a little hesitant to pick it up. I'm glad I did. The book is paced very well, it has just the right amount of tech, characters worth liking, and is believable all around. I enjoyed the story and I'm excited for the next one (or ten).”

“Do not be discouraged by the length, this is intended to be an episodic series, with easily digestible chunks of story that you can plow through in a relatively short period of time (they're about 1/3rd the length of a normal book). But this is nice, because it means you can get a full story in a few evenings, and then move on to the next one. I actually really like the format. Now as to the story, at first I was skeptical about calling it a take-off on Firefly, but it really does have that kind of feel to it - a smallish ship of rogue-ish characters doing what they can to get by in the galaxy. The addition of magic is actually a very small portion of the story, which I think is good, because I was a little worried it would spoil the sci-fi-ness of the book, but it definitely didn't... it's just a convenient excuse for how several fundamental laws of physics are avoided. I really enjoyed this book and the following two books, and read them in quick succession. I'm glad J.S. Morin is such a prolific writer, since I can't wait for more.”

“This is a lovely piece of sci-fi. It’s like Firefly (one of my favorites) and shows promise for a good series. This follows the exploits of a salvage ship that operates in a universe that’s half run by science and half run by wizards and magic. So..... you could have artificial gravity with engineering, or by keeping on staff a wizard well paid, well fed and happy. The story begins when the salvagers come across some stranded passengers in a malfunctioning lifepod onboard a lifeless ship. They rescue a boy and a nun, who apparently have half the galaxy chasing after them. It’s a very interesting book, and I was struck with the resemblance to Malcolm, Jayne, Shepherd and even an Inara in the form of the Captain’s 4 times divorced wife (they were married to each other and divorced 4 times!). The Jayne character was a giant tigress alien. The author gave me a copy in order to write a review, and this is one that I’m glad I took the time to enjoy. There were scenes in space stations, space battles, intrigue, grieving, and action action action! I’ll be looking for the sequel to this gem.”

About J.S. Morin

Born in New Hampshire in 1977, J.S. Morin found himself captivated by the wonders of fantasy novels at a young age. He was introduced to the genre via the works of R.A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood, and Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman. He loved exploring other people’s worlds, from Shadowdale to Hyrule. He also quickly found Dungeons and Dragons to be a creative outlet for stories, characters, and new worlds of his own creation.

His other passion was for building and designing things, and when it came time to choose a career, he went down that road. A Mechanical Engineer by day, he spends his evenings with his wife in their New Hampshire home, enjoying the simplicity of life in a quiet state.

By night he dreams elaborate dreams...

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