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Chaos Quarter

By David Welch, available from Amazon in e-book and paperback.

For over five hundred years, humanity has sprawled across the galaxy, forming fractious empires and deadly regions of lawless space. In the midst of brewing tensions, disgraced Commonwealth pilot Rex Vahl is tapped for a suicide mission: infiltrate an interplanetary power known only as the "Hegemony" and discover what hides behind their veil of secrecy.

What does Rex have on his side? His co-pilot is a former prostitute with tiger-striped skin. His gunner is a traitorous ex-nobleman wanted by his countrymen. His engineer is a laid-back cyborg exiled for asking one too many questions about God. Add in a woman genetically engineered to have no free will, and you get his motley crew. Armed with only a souped-up freighter, Rex blasts off to pursue rumors of a mysterious Hegemony ambassador on the planet of Cordelia. To get there, he and his crew must cross the Chaos Quarter, a tumultuous territory defined by tyrants, pirates, and religious extremists. Even if they survive the journey, the ambassador could prove deadlier than any enemy they face along the way.

But when Rex discovers that the Empire of Europa--the Commonwealth's greatest foe--has agents skulking in the shadows, he realizes his mission is no longer a secret. And if he secures his prize now, the intergalactic fallout could unleash the most deadly war the galaxy has ever seen.

 

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Outnumbered, outgunned, but never outclassed...a motley bunch takes on two superpowers in this sci-fi action-adventure.
 

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Three hundred fifty-five reviews on Amazon.  Eighty-nine percent four and five-stars!
 

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A disgraced pilot, tiger-striped prostitute, traitorous nobleman, and laid-back cyborg take on a race of body-hopping genetic supremacists.
 

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Exactly how far must genetic engineering go before a people stop being human, and start being...something else.  And exactly how far will they go to protect the secret of what they have become?  Find out in Chaos Quarter.
 

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What do you do when you find yourself alongside a woman with absolutely no free will of her own?  And what do you if you can give that woman free will, but only by exposing yourself to two powerful and murderous enemies?  Disgraced Captain Rex Vahl comes face-to-face with this question in Chaos Quarter...
 

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I vaguely remember reading this, although it was quite some time ago now.

Did you ever do a sequel?
 

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Thanks for reading!  Doing editing on a sequel now.  Hopefully it'll be ready sometime in the next few months, but nothing set in stone.
 

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Lucius Baliol lost everything when he walked away from the aristocratic Europan Empire.  Now he finds himself in the employ of the empire's greatest enemy, serving under a man who would've shot him on sight just months before.  But in the Chaos Quarter even longtime enemies sometimes find themselves throw together, and Baliol's skills at war may be just what Lieutenant Rex Vahl needs to survive his impossible mission to the CHAOS QUARTER...
 

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Chakrika Alvadile was nothing more than a mid-level prostitute with tiger-striped skin, until she found herself stuck about a spaceship surrounded by strangers.  Now she's learning to fly a ship, taking care of a cute little boy, and trying to fend off the evils of the galaxy with her new crew-mates.  You wouldn't expect a victimized young woman with little education to be up demands of life in the void, but Chakrika may just find the CHOAS QUARTER to be the best thing that ever happened to her...
 

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For over ninety years Second was nothing more than a biological machine, a human being turned into the perfect slave.  Deprived of free will, she has spent long decades obeying the will of her master, and being transferred from one body to the next.  But when freedom comes, what exactly will she be?  Is there somebody under the layers of control and modification, or is she too far gone to ever truly be human?
 

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Jake Gaderi was once a cyborg of Cyberdan, until he said something unpolitic and got exiled to the wilderness of the CHAOS QUARTER.  Trapped in the void with a broken ship, he sees Rex and his crew as his best chance of escape.  But with a warship on their tale it's an escape that cold prove to be short-lived...
 

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A disgraced pilot, tiger-striped prostitute, traitorous nobleman, and laid-back cyborg take on a race of body-hopping genetic supremacists in the worst part of known space...
 

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You do realize you're torturing some of us?  ;)

Each time I see the notification for this thread, I think "Great, the sequel is finally out!"

But no.

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My bad!  Not my intention, just trying to be consistent with the marketing and all...

Still aiming for December with the sequel, knock on wood.  I'll give that one it's own thread for those interested.
 

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I'll give that one it's own thread for those interested.
Post it here too. Its why I'm following it after all. :D
Might miss a new thread, but wont miss this one.

Also, might be nice to get a one week notice on the release. I'll need to re-read the first one before starting the sequel.
 

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A disgraced pilot, tiger-striped prostitute, traitorous nobleman, and laid-back cyborg take on a race of body-hopping genetic supremacists in the worst part of known space...

Also, the sequel to this book, CHAOS QUARTER: IMPERIAL AMBITIONS, should be available to readers December 3rd or 4th, so keep an eye out!
 

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A disgraced pilot, tiger-striped prostitute, traitorous nobleman, and laid-back cyborg take on a race of body-hopping genetic supremacists in the worst part of known space...
 

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