First, the blurb:
Join space pirate Aston West in the second collection of short stories from his universe, featuring classic space opera tales by T. M. Hunter. Building on Aston's first collection (Dead or Alive), these stories feature even more wild adventures, unforgettable characters, and exciting plot twists to satisfy your space opera appetite.
(Again note: Most of the stories in this collection were previously available in my various Triple-Shot collections. Dirty Dozen puts them all in one collection, and also provides an opportunity for those folks who would like to pick them up in paperback form...coming soon)
So, here's the next snippet, from my short story "Inoculation":
“I just remembered that I needed to ask Tabor something about the next job he has for me.”
“And it can’t wait until we exit out of hyperspace at our original destination?”
“No, it can’t. Depending on his answer, continuing on to our destination may be a futile gesture.”
“Acknowledged,” she told me. “There is an upcoming system that should suffice.”
And before I could even tell her another word, we were dropping back into normal space. I stumbled forward, but fortunately caught myself from hitting the floor, by grabbing onto the doorway to the bridge. Rather than complain about the short notice, I decided to take my good fortune and run with it. I glanced over at the sensor screen along the left side of the cockpit, and saw a symbol that had to be the communication beacon. “Take us closer and I’ll put the message through.”
“I’m detecting failures within the communication system. No message will be able to be sent.”
Hope you enjoyed it! If so, pick up a copy from the link above. And not to worry, edits are still going on with my next Aston novel, All Good Things.