When drug addled assassin Isadora DayStar finally snags a major interplanetary killing job, she thinks it will both support her habit and revise her status as the laughingstock of her profession. Instead, she embarks on a journey that brings her face to face with her tortured past.
A dark science fiction action adventure. Rated R for swearing and adult situations.
The white faded into dull grey, room contracting into a narrow rectangle lit from above with dirty artificial light. She sat on a bunk that extended from the wall that was hard, cold and covered with blanket and sheet the color of gun metal. Forty eight hours earlier Isadora had been tossed into the brig for insubordination and then tossed into solitary for starting a food fight with another inmate that escalated into a fist fight with Isadora on losing end of the battle.
Now she sat on the bunk, head down, staring at the floor at nothing in particular, waiting out the silence and boredom of her sentence. The door of the cell slid open and Renan Marcus entered. He pulled the chair seat down from the wall niche and dropped onto it. Isadora refused to look up at her commanding officer.
"Isadora," he said in a quiet voice.
She did not respond.
"Isadora, do you even understand why you’re here?"
"Yeah because I wouldn’t obey your stupid orders and because I kicked somebody’s ass in the mess hall." Her lower lip stuck out like a pouting three year old. She remained staring at the floor.
"Isadora, orders exist for a reason. One of these days you’re going learn the hard way what they’re there for; as for the fight I heard you were on the losing side." He tried to conceal a small smile, but Isadora’s head snapped up and she glared at him.
"That’s a lie! I wasn’t losing anything—"
He sighed and stood up pulled out a remote and aimed it at the camera in the upper corner of the cell and then sat back down.
"There. The camera is off Isadora. I want to talk to you. You have such potential but you waste it by not thinking through anything that you do. You take the easy way and you respond with anger and rebellion whenever someone points that out. It’s a damned shame Isadora because you would make one hell of a soldier if you’d just tighten up your attention and learn to control your emotions." He paused and Isadora looked at the floor again. Renan stood up and sighed one more time. "Such potential, Isadora," He brushed a strand of hair from her face and then pulled her up and kissed her.
Isadora Daystar by P.I. Barrington & Loni Emmert on Examiner.com
Isadora Daystar, a dark sci-fi thriller, is the latest collaborative effort by fellow writers and sisters P. I. Barrington and Loni Emmert. Together they have created one of the most memorably flawed characters since Ursula Le Guin’s Genly Ai in “The Left Hand of Darkness”. Chock full of adventure, crazy characters, and outrageous situations, Isadora Daystar delivers on every level!
The year is 2133, and the world is a much different place. Humans and aliens live among each other and interplanetary travel is commonplace. Poor Isadora can’t seem to catch a break. She’s a failure as an assassin which is sad considering it’s how she supports her drug habit. With no money she is forced to prostitute herself to survive. On one of her interplanetary trips she meets a teenage girl with a big heart and an attitude that rivals her own. Together the two embark on a journey that will forever alter their lives!
Isadora Daystar is met with contempt wherever she goes, rivaled only by her own self-loathing. Existing rather than living and often suffering from drug withdrawals, her body is a battlefield of war wounds, battered and bruised, and sometimes laced with poison. Still, she finds a way to keep going. However it isn’t until she meets Iphedea that we witness flecks of compassion in Isadora. I found myself rooting for her, sympathizing with her, and just loving this genuinely wonderful character. Isadora Daystar is a true gem!
Isadora Daystar was released on Smashwords July 26, 2011 and is available on Smashwords, Kindle/Amazon.com, and wherever ebooks are sold. P.I. Barrington is the author of the Future Imperfect series, a sci-fi trilogy published by Desert Breeze Publishing, and Loni Emmert is the author of Lights, Camera, Murder a cozy mystery published by Hilliard & Harris. Barrington and Emmert co-authored Button Hollow Chronicles #1: The Leaf Peeper Murders, a cozy mystery published by Mainly Murder Press. They are members of Sisters in Crime, both the Los Angeles and National chapters, and Emmert is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild (SWAG).
P. I. Barrington and Loni Emmert are California natives with a fondness for New Hampshire where they have many happy childhood memories. Before taking up writing full time, Barrington worked in the entertainment industry as a newspaper journalist, radio air talent, and at a major record company. Emmert currently works in the music industry and writes full time.
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Suggested by the author:
• Future Imperfect Book One: Crucifying Angel by P. I. Barrington
• Future Imperfect Book Two: Miraculous Deception by P.I. Barrington
• Future Imperfect Book Three: Final Deceit by P.I. Barrington
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