Captain Roberts and his crew are at the end of their resources. The Alliance have confiscated everything of value and conscripted most of his crew. They are being taxed again. There is no way he and his crew could make enough credits to satisfy the Alliance, and they know it. They are watching him, making sure he can’t escape. The next time the Alliance boards his ship will be his last. He needs to find a way to escape the Alliance, and cross the border into the Collation of Free Worlds.
He and his crew would become exiles. It didn’t matter. He had no intention of returning to Alliance territory. It was up to Nathaniel Roberts to restore their family wealth and get revenge against the Alliance for what they did to his friends and family.
Captain Roberts was unaware that the Alliance was breaking a century-old treaty in preparation for war. The Alliance wasn’t alone; they formed a pact with the Crimson Tide, a pirate organization. Captain Roberts wouldn’t be facing one enemy; he would be facing two. He would have to fight both of them while trying to make a new home for his crew.
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Space Pirate Nathaniel Roberts, is about to get his new starship, the Persephone. The christening ceremony is tomorrow, but he can’t wait. Problems with the Ships Avatar begin just before the christening ceremony. Natasha, the ship’s AI, is making her Avatar behave strangely.
On the starship Persephone’s maiden voyage, Captain Roberts stumbles upon a hidden Alliance base. After Doc and his team frees a freighter captain and crew, he discovers that the Alliance has a cache of treasure in a nearby system that is scheduled to be picked up soon, and transported back to the Alliance core worlds. Nathaniel wants that treasure, and he needs to get there first to steal it from the Alliance.
The Alliance doesn’t want Nathaniel and his crew captured and enslaved any longer. They have proven themselves to be too much of a pest, interfering with Alliance operations. Now they want him dead. The Alliance government placed a high price on Captain Robert’s head to make sure it happens. This new bounty was issued before the Alliance even realized that they have been robbed.
Captain Roberts has left the comfort of the Hades System. He is racing towards the Antares System and the Star Bridge. Only a few refugees were at Hell Station. Most went their own ways or settled on the system’s planets.
Captain Roberts has come across some derelict ships that might help him build his fleet. First, he will have to deal with the sirens guarding the ships. He will also have to defeat slavers, who have taken an interest in his small fleet.
Persephone, his ship’s AI is more than she thought. According to Astrea, she may even be a goddess. Nathaniel has also undergone some changes after visiting a system populated with cyborgs. He questions what he has become; is he still human, or has he become a machine.
The Ancient Greek Gods have taken an interest in him. They are watching him carefully, occasionally interfering, during his quest for the Star Bridge.
This chronicle in Nathaniel’s life contains a prolog to bring the reader up to date, so the story may be read independently of the other books. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
The first people the fleet encounter are the Drax. Their species looks like a cross between a chameleon and a human. They are inhospitable and greedy. Given a chance, they would cheat anyone to get their gold. The Drax are overdue for a lesson in manners. Are Nathaniel and Persephone the right people to do it?
There is a gathering happening, and Nathaniel’s fleet arrives just in time to register for the event. Leery after a recent battle, the fleet stays hidden in deep space doing repairs while Nathaniel and Persephone take their small fighter to the space station. It turns out that the gathering is a three-day slave auction and they are just in time.
Nathaniel believes that slavery is a just way for criminals to pay back society for their crimes. These prisoners are not guilty of any crime. They are victims; captured because they were unarmed and too weak to defend themselves.
The gods are involved in punishing the slave traders. They give Nathaniel the means to end the slave trade, but the decision is up to him.
The fleet has finally found the Alliance and the Crimson tide. It will be the biggest battle yet. Nathaniel is the recipient of bad news. News, he wasn’t ready to accept. He will never find Earth if he continues to follow the same path. Nathaniel must find another way.