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Air Command pilot Nova Whiteside is assigned to a remote outpost to guard the construction of a new orbiter, Skyranch Twelve against rebel sabotage. The difference between the well-ordered Union air fields and this dusty garrison is made painfully clear when she runs afoul a brutal commander of ground troops.

When she is trapped behind enemy lines in a bloody uprising she meets Djari, a civilian whose trust in the governing Union is shattered by what he has witnessed.

Her assignment takes her from the midst of a bloody uprising to the elegant new space station where she hopes to train for her Hunter Class pilot grade. But not all runs according to protocol and she soon suspects that more than farming is being done up there. When she uncovers the treacherous and illicit schemes taking place, it seems that local riots are the least of their troubles.

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" the series so much, I bought the rest of the books and requested notification for new ones! Chris Reher is an excellent author who builds a tight story full of adventure in exotic locations."

"Sky Hunter, like the other books in the series, is a taut thriller with a quickly moving plot that's more than a space-based shoot 'em up. It manages to make enough time to develop complex, three-dimensional characters who question their motivations and provide a satisfying series of plot twists."

"Hey if you are going to read space opera it might as well be really good space opera, and Sky Hunter is some pretty darned good space opera... Sky Hunter gets my top recommendation. I encourage all science fiction fans to jump on the entire series. It's a well-written, professionally edited yarn more than worth your dime and time."

About Sky Hunter

Once again I am abusing that whole concept of chronological order when publishing The Targon Tales. Oops.

But what happened was that people asked about Nova's back story. How did she earn her stripes? Why does she distrust the general chain of command? What, like Seth asked her in The Catalyst, did happen on Bellac Tau to make her so suspicious of him?

So this, really, is a prequel that introduces Nova Whiteside and her struggle to reconcile her ideals with her place within a Galactic empire that doesn't always play by its own rules. She's a capable pilot in the wars against ruthless rebels but a little starry-eyed when it comes to telling friend from foe.

This story forces Nova to find her way to doing the right thing when not doing anything is simply less painful and less likely to lead to trouble. What she learns here about herself and those she works with is what guides her actions and decisions in the stories to follow.

However, like the other books in the Targon Tales collection, this is a stand-alone adventure. For those who appreciate chronology, this is the one to read first. I absolutely promise not to go further back in time!

Here are some links that discuss, in a non-fiction sort of way, some of the concepts appearing in Sky Hunter
What might happen when a space tether breaks.
Space elevator at How Stuff Works
Space elevator thoughts by Arthur C. Clarke
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