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    Higgins' debut is a fast-paced sci-fi thriller!

    Higgins uses her scientific knowledge and an amazing storytelling voice to produce an addicting fast paced sci-fi thriller series debut. Her futuristic dystopian world filled with enigmatic engaging characters both sentient and cyber showcases her vivid, imaginative narrative. Her unforgettable world building features an autocratic big brother-ish interplanetary society on the verge of a revolution. Her inhabitant’s struggles and achievements are informatively seen through the eyes of her extraordinary star players that will intimate her fans to her brave new world. And the cliff-hanging ending will have readers salivating until the next installment. Brava Ms. Higgins for a fantastic debut! There’s unrest in the Solar System! In deep space a highly advanced militarized ship for The System, the Ananke is on a super secret mission with a crew of three, the captain, Willhem Domitian, a scientist, Rufus Gagnon and software engineer, Dr. Althea Bastet, caretaker of the über-intelligent on board computer. Who’s at this moment trying without success to rid the computer of a nasty virus that's causing mass malfunctions, planted by the two saboteurs they captured aboard ship. Now while trying to repair the computer they’re also awaiting a visit from a System Intelligence officer sent to interrogate the prisoners and they have bad news for her. Upon arriving to question the captives, Ida Stays has learned that one has escaped, but the man still in custody is no other than Leontious (Ivan) Ivanov, estranged son of a successful scientist mother and the infamous father who destroyed Saturn. He’s a thief but also rumored to be in cahoots with the System’s most notorious terrorist Mallt-y-Nos who may be the head of the rebellion that’s trying to overthrow the government. She just needs proof and she'll use any means to get it.
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    Exciting and fast-paced

    Lightless, the compelling science fiction debut of C. A. Higgins, will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. The story begins when a huge ship manned by a 3-person crew is invaded by terrorists. One of the storylines follows Ida Stays, a government interrogator, who uses psychological tactics to try to extract information from a captured terrorist. The other storyline focuses on Althea, the ship’s mechanic, who tries to solve one problem after another caused by a virus the terrorists introduced into the ship’s computer. Althea and Ida often find themselves at cross purposes, but young and naive Althea does a remarkable job of holding her own against the seasoned, high-ranking government official. I found myself reading at top speed, unable to put the book down, especially during the second half of the book where I simply had to know how it all turns out. There are many twists and turns, but the author doesn’t give away her ending until the final two pages. Science fiction readers may find that this book starts a little slow, but it soon picks up and ends with a bang.

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