Starhawk (A Priscilla Hutchins Novel)
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Priscilla Hutchins has been through many experiences.
This is the story of her first unforgettable adventure…
Priscilla “Hutch” Hutchins has finally completed a nerve-bending qualification flight for her pilot’s license. But faster-than-light travel is still a new reality, and the World Space Authority is still learning how to manage long-range missions safely. To make matters worse, efforts to prepare two planets for colonization are killing off native life-forms, outraging people on Earth.
With low demand for space pilots, Priscilla finds a job on the bridge of an interstellar ship, working for the corporation that is responsible for the terraforming. Her work conditions include bomb threats, sabotage, clashes with her employers—and a mission to a world, adrift between the stars, that harbors a life-form unlike anything humanity has ever seen...
.” A burst of noise erupted behind them, frightened shouts, raised voices, people all talking at once, one child in tears. “I think the commotion’s coming from the Skyview,” said Drake. Priscilla stopped one of the women. “What’s going on?” she asked. The woman was so rattled she could barely speak. She looked at Priscilla with bleak eyes. “A bomb,” she said. “There’s a guy in there with a bomb.” The Skyview also had long windows that fronted on the concourse. She and Drake
one more evening together. We never really appreciate what we have until it gets lost. Then the Explorers were jogging back to their positions. When they were in place, the referee blew his whistle and handed the ball to Dani. In that moment, just before Alicia’s attention went back to the game, she saw a familiar face. Not Jake’s, of course. She wasn’t sure until, as she backed up on defense after a Hawks’ field goal, she had time to look again. Six rows down from the top, near the
open.” “Okay.” “By the time we were able to get to him, he was dead.” Neither of them moved. At last, Jake asked if she needed anything else. “No.” She managed a weak smile. “We’ll want you to complete a written report for us by the end of the day.” “All right.” He got to his feet. “So we’re clear, nobody’s blaming you for what happened.” He nodded. Said nothing. “One other thing, Jake. Talios.” “Yes?” “Forget it, okay? We’ve recovered Simmons’s body. And
They were only a few minutes into the first act, though, when her mind began wandering. How long would it take her to get a serious position? Could she talk her way into the Academy Project within the next year or so? Occasionally, she tuned the show back in, laughed at Mark’s fumbling efforts to persuade Amanda he sincerely loved her. That she could trust him not to lie. Despite everything, Mark was a likable character, a charmer, good-looking, but constantly overreaching. Constantly in
“thanks. Especially for getting me included in the deal.” “It seemed like the least I could do. Though I wasn’t sure you’d want to go.” “Of course I want to go. You think I wanted to sit in that office back there while you went out and did the mission?” “I needed to be doing something useful,” he said. “I was tired just sitting on the front porch watching the world go by.” * * * THE EARTH, OF course, dominated the sky. Fleecy clouds floated over Asia, which was ablaze with city