When their mother ship explodes for an unknown reason, Andrews and Levy are left with nothing but a short range transport and a few simple tools. With no other choice they set out on a mission to survive the alien world they find themselves trapped on.
Targeted Age Group:: Any
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have been in the process of writing a psychological thriller for a number of years. I got very stuck trying to get inside the head of the main character. I asked a friend to give me an idea for a short story, which turned into a full length novel.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
That’s a hard question to answer. There was no aha moment, they just seemed to materialize on the page as I was writing.
“This is your first command isn’t it Lieutenant?
“Yes sir!” Captain Donaldson always put me on edge. I don’t know why, he was a really nice guy, but he was a solid block of a man and had been through more in the decade before I joined the Flower than I had in all my twenty five years.
“Relax son. This is just a quick resource survey. We’re getting close to having to recycle waste water and I would prefer not to do that if at all possible. Plus, fresh fruit and vegetables would be nice. The dehydrated stuff is good, but there is nothing like biting into a fresh, whatever.”
I couldn’t help but laugh.”Yes sir. It will be nice to walk on soil too, twenty four months is a long time.”
He roared at that. “Son, I haven’t set foot on terra firma in 8 years and I like it that way. My beauty is just fine. Give me my chair and the stars and I’ll be a happy man till the day I die.”
His “beauty” was an old battle cruiser that saw a lot of action during the Colonial Wars. When I first saw it I wanted to give up my commission. I walked right past the docking bay and hid in the space ports library for a couple of hours. I looked the Flower up and found that while it was a beat up mess, the crew was the best in the fleet. That made me feel better, so I finally made my way on board. Greeting me was a 6’7”, brown haired concrete wall named Captain John Donaldson. He quickly made me feel at ease, but I could never get over my awe of him.
“I don’t know how you do it Captain. I love it on board, but I miss my dirt.”
“Of course you do son, it’s what you’ve trained for. I’ve been a part of the flight crew since I joined up, and that was before you were born.” He smiled at that, “Down to business. The readings we are getting are sketchy. The planet below is showing the right atmosphere, but that’s about it. It’s about time for my beauty to get a check up. Anyway, just take it easy. Your first command is a command of one, your pilot. He’s experienced with your equipment, so you won’t be by yourself.”
“Thank you sir. I really appreciate the opportunity.”
“Just bring us back some fresh water and I’ll be happy. You’re dismissed.”
I saluted and walked out with a huge smile on my face. I know this wasn’t a huge deal, but I was finally getting a chance to do something to help. I started running to the docking bay so I could get this going.
About the Author:
Jamie Dodge was born and raised in Central Florida. Born into a large Italian American family his first love was his family. His second love, the written word. Taught to read at three years of age he never lost his passion for books. One day he wondered if he could write his own. So he tried.
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