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Old 01-06-2016, 05:17 PM   #1
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Operational Costs - Free SF Ebook - Available For A Limited Time!

Until March 1st, 2016, Operational Costs by L. Joseph Shosty will be free at Smashwords and select sites.


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The Planet: Bergot is a world on the far side of the galaxy. The humans who have negotiated a place for themselves have implemented a stifling government, run primarily by trade unions, and unkind to independent contractors and corporate conglomerates alike.

The Protagonist: Achilles is an interplanetary merc on Bergot for one purpose, to illegally obtain an idol from a forest temple on the planet's third continent. It's a dangerous place, and what's worse, humans are expressly forbidden to travel there due to planetary treaties with Bergot's indigenous race, the Quell.

The Sidekick: Joining Achilles on his journey is Swiss, a robotic "company store", whose job is to sell helpful items to the mercenary at an absurd mark up. Swiss can be maddeningly human at times, fearing for its life and questioning its client's every move, but it's also an integral piece in deciding whether or not Achilles leaves Bergot in one piece.

The Sizzle: What's supposed to be a moderately dangerous caper turns into nerve-wracking battle for life as the two get closer to their goal. All Achilles wants is to make a profit and take a long vacation. All Swiss wants is to make a profit and help his new friend steal a rare object from the very heart of the Quell's Holy Land. What they'll get is the beginning of an adventure that will change them both forever.
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