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The Rebels
by Elizabeth Lang   

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Copyright:  July 17, 2012

What happens when rebellion is not an option?

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"Maybe I want to find out what's worse than dying."

On the cusp of freedom, Adrian Stannis is plunged into the world of bounty hunters and rebels, each one valuing his head with the kind of single-minded intensity that does not bode well for his dream of peace and a fully stocked lab in a quiet and obscure corner of the galaxy.

Dragged along against his will by a barbarian intent on selling him back to the Empire, Adrian 'accidentally' kidnaps an emergency room doctor--because that is the kind of thing he does, while Kali and Bryce try to find him and become embroiled in an adventure of their own, one that leads to a sinister mystery.

A sequel that can be read as a stand-alone, The Rebels is an exciting addition to the Empire series.


“Let’s get out of this hell hole!” Bryce bellowed. Fear bubbled in his stomach, flooding his mouth with the rank taste of yesterday’s vomit. He imagined faceless soldiers charging through the hallways like dark specters of death. One of them had a phaser burst with his name on it—he just knew it.
The jump gate flared, beckoning from the top of the platform, its undulating ripples of energy like a temptress luring him closer. He took a step, wincing at the traitorous clank when his feet hit the metal ramp. He felt like one of those legendary rats trampling each other as they abandoned a sinking ship, except that he was the only one running.
Banks of instrument panels winked red, signaling some dark secret. He hoped it wasn’t his obituary.
Cupping his hands to his mouth and bellowing above the intermittent whoosh of the energy coils, he cried, “The Admiral is coming! What are we waiting for? Let’s get out of here!”
The object of his warnings finally raised his head, tearing his attention from the small, wafer-thin device in his hands. Lieutenant Adrian Stannis looked at him blankly, a pale-faced ghost with hazel eyes that pierced right through him. The man might be his boss and a genius, but sometimes, he didn’t have much sense.
The woman beside him wasn’t any better. Kali Mirren seemed frozen, her smoky gray eyes filled with concern and her forehead etched like crushed velvet. With raven hair that cascaded past her shoulders and wine-red lips, she made her black uniform look sensual instead of intimidating.
Now, if only she would have better taste in men.

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Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite
"The Rebels, Book Two of the Empire Series" is first-rate science fiction that fans of the genre will not want to miss. Bryce, Adrian Stannis and Kali Mirren need to get away from the Empire, from Admiral Gwen van Reutensbrg and her cybernetic guardian, Spencer. Bryce, Adrian and Kali escape from the jump gates and land on Orasis Quad, a Luo system planet which is a Tech 4 World on the Outer Rim. The Empire wants Adrian who is a computer technical genius and is number one on their lists of wanted "criminals". Bryce, Adrian, and Kali find a long deserted cabin on Orasis and Adrian uses his technical skills to fix its interior mechanisms. Kali was once a rebel, a Tellaran with telepathic powers, but was banished for using her psi abilities to convince her people to take the alien invasion seriously. Bryce has stolen goods in the past and was sentenced to fifteen years in the military as punishment. While Bryce and Kali flee on board a space ship, Adrian is taken by Drel Argus, a bounty hunter known as the Butcher of Kentara Three. On the space ship, Kali meets up with Jon Tucker, the famed rebel leader while she wants to save Adrian who now is confronted with not one, but two bounty hunters. But can they escape the Empire's powers of detection?

"The Rebels" is an extremely well-written science fiction novel that has good dialogue among its characters that adds to the story line. The action alternates between Kali on the space ship and Adrian now confronted with a wounded but murderous bounty hunter and this back and forth telling only adds to the story's plot line. The characters of Adrian, Kali, Bryce, Jon Tucker, Drel Argus, Dr. Sam, and Charles Sester the psychostrategist whose loyalties are uncertain, are totally believable and the plot proceeds clearly to the story's end which will hook even readers who generally don't read science fiction."The Rebels" belongs on science fiction reading lists everywhere and its many fans will be awaiting Book Three in the series.

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